The Imperative Gospel

All the gospel “invitations” in the New Testament are in the imperative mood. The gospel is not a choice to consider, it is a command either to obey or reject. You can forestall an invitation with nebulous niceties. But you must either obey or reject a command. The gospel doesn’t merely invite belief. It demands it. “Repent, and believe the gospel” (Mk. 1:15).