What I read today
Nehemiah 5; Job 31; Habakkuk 2; Acts 15; 3 John
In Acts 15 a dispute had risen up. Jewish Christians had spread out into non-Jewish communities and were confusing believers. They were adding their worship practices and other legalistic practices to the grace of God. In essence, they were saying that if you didn’t follow the Jewish customs of circumcision and obedience to the law of Moses, you could not be saved.
It was Peter who stood up and squashed this teaching. He states the simple facts.
“Why are you trying to impose the law of Moses when we ourselves can’t obey it?”
These teachers continue to misunderstand that we can’t save ourselves through rituals, through tithing or any other work. We can’t do it. Chuck Swindoll recently said that if we are 99.5% in compliance with God’s law, then we are unworthy of salvation. We have to be right 100% of the time to be saved by works. That’s just not possible.
Peter then drops a bomb on them.
“On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
In other words, Jesus did the work because we weren’t able to.
Works are taught all over the place. Church’s require tithing, payment for sins through indulgences, a particular type of baptism, loyalty to a single doctrine, total separation from other believers, the list goes on and on.
We continue to struggle with the idea that it’s not about what we did. It’s about what Jesus did. Amazing how 2000 years later we’re still struggling with the magnitude of what Jesus did on the cross. Maybe that epic moment in history is so profound that our human minds struggle to wrap themselves around the unbelievable majesty of that sacrifice.
It’s not about us, it’s about Jesus.