Happy Wednesday Saints.
Yesterday, we saw that if we don’t rely on Christ alone for our salvation, we are neither saved nor free.
Galatians 5:6 says, “FOR IN CHRIST JESUS, NEITHER CIRCUMCISION NOR UNCIRCUMCISION HAS ANY VALUE. THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS IS FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF THROUGH LOVE.”
Once again, the Apostle Paul is pointing out that we are made right with God by faith alone.
If you believe that Jesus is Lord, you are now IN CHRIST. And in Him, circumcision and the keeping of the law are irrelevant.
Romans 10:10 says that “IT IS WITH YOUR HEART THAT YOU BELIEVE AND ARE JUSTIFIED.”
Nothing outside of your heart can make you right with God. No amount of external activity, no matter how saintly or devout they may appear to be, can cleanse you of ALL your sins.
It’s what’s IN YOUR HEART that is all-important. When it comes to being saved by grace through faith, everything else is worthless.
Jesus is our only assurance of salvation, and you CAN’T EARN Jesus’ righteousness. You CAN’T DO ANYTHING to deserve God’s forgiveness. You CAN’T JUSTIFY YOURSELF in the presence of a holy God.
IN CHRIST JESUS, religious rituals have absolutely no value – THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS is faith expressing itself through love.
The simplicity of the Gospel is a stumbling block to everyone who is trying to earn their salvation. But Romans 1:17 says that “THIS GOOD NEWS TELLS US HOW GOD MAKES US RIGHT IN HIS SIGHT. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED FROM START TO FINISH BY FAITH. AS THE SCRIPTURES SAY, ‘IT IS THROUGH FAITH THAT A RIGHTEOUS PERSON HAS LIFE.'”
I hope that, like many true believers in Christ, you have THE ONLY THING THAT COUNTS too – FAITH in Jesus Christ. Have a wonderful day. God bless, and lots’a love,