Friday, December 30, 2011

Simplicity of Salvation

Acts 13:13-39

Years ago, my husband and I were scanning through the TV and we stopped at a channel that was airing one of Billy Graham's large events.  We listened to him tell the truth of God's salvation for all people with such simplicity and we were awed by the thousands of people that streamed forward to ask forgiveness of their Creator.  It was such a beautiful moment to see so many people declaring that Jesus was their Lord and Savior and that they wanted to follow Him.  I am not a theologian, but I do not believe we need to complicate the message of the gift of salvation that God has given.  The Bible gives us an example of how Paul and Barnabas presented salvation to a synagogue filled with Jews and a few Gentile believers.  Please turn to Acts 13:13-39.

Paul started with a brief history of Israel to set the stage of how God has had His hand on Israel throughout the ages and also to show the ancestry of Jesus.  The Jews had prophecy that said the Messiah would come from the line of King David.  Paul reminded them that John the Baptist told Israel that the coming of the Messiah was here (which also fulfilled prophecy that the Jews knew).  Paul began to speak about the fact that Jesus was innocent yet condemned just as all the prophecies about the Messiah said - which were read every Sabbath in the Synagogue.  But that was not the end...Paul spoke about how God promised that Jesus would not remain in the grave and that promise was fulfilled when Jesus was resurrected.  Finally, Paul told everyone that anyone who believes that through Jesus we receive forgiveness for our sins is made right with God.

It is simple.  I have sinned just as every other person on this earth has sinned.  Our sin created a separation between us and God, our Creator.  The consequence for this sin is death - not just a physical death, but a spiritual death.  But our Creator loves us; He loves us with a passion that is so strong that He sent Jesus (His Word) to come as a humble baby.  Jesus lived a perfect life and sacrificed Himself on the cross to face death in our place.  But God is victorious over death and He resurrected Jesus.  We are told that Jesus shares His victory with us when we believe in Him and through Jesus we have forgiveness of our sins.  No sin is too great for Him - remember, He has conquered death!  For all who believe is made right with God and we have the promise of eternal life.  There really is more to this life than just making it through the day - there is the promise of grace, mercy, and victory through Jesus.  We get to live life with Christ and follow Him.

Do you believe that your salvation comes only from God through Jesus' sacrifice.  Do you choose to live your life with Christ?

Linking up with Brag On God Friday and Spiritual Sundays.

7 comments:

  1. love your post just found you on a blog hop God bless
    www.mylife-myshepherd.blogspot.com

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  2. Beautifully written Sharon; as Christians we still sin, but because God gave us new birth, we know exactly where we stand. Eternal life begins when we trust Christ and join God's family; Jesus is the truth we have been seeking all along. Regardless of the trials we face in this life, we can live with the expectation of eternal life, and living with Christ forever. :)

    Blessings and hugs for a joyful New Year of health and happiness!
    Denise

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  3. This is excellent...clear, factual, uncomplicated, historical and TRUE! Happy New Year, thank you for posting.

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  4. Billy Graham was so successful because of the simplicity of the Gospel he preached. I love that God doesn't make salvation hard -- it's humans that complicate it. Salvation from God through the perfect sacrifice, Jesus Christ.

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  5. Sharon, I am grateful for this post, written so clearly and simply and I pray that anyone who does not know the Lord's Salvation through Jesus Christ may find their way to this beautiful post and be saved. Happy New Year and continued to you and your husband's ministry.

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  6. Thank you all for your encouraging words! Happy New Year to all of you! :)

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  7. I think you're right. People have made it way too complicated. Too many times we've turned the good news into bad news. Thank you for this thoughtful post.
    New Year Blessings,
    Charlotte

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