Editorial

It is Through the Grace of the Lord Jesus That We are Saved

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It is Through the Grace of the Lord Jesus That We are Saved

Acts 15:1-11

In this passage, the early church clearly states the doctrine of salvation, that it is only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ that we can be saved. There are no human conditions or actions involved.

At this time in the early church, many Jewish Christians believed that one must be circumcised and become a Jew before one can be saved. There were some who tried to teach this to the Gentiles at the church in Antioch. Paul and Barnabas heard this and began to argue with them. They went to the church in Jerusalem and the apostles gathered to discuss this matter.

 Acts 15:10-11 "Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are."

Peter reminds them of the truth of salvation and of the yoke of the law of Moses that even they cannot carry. Why give that burden to others? We too often have this legalistic thinking like the Jews did. We try to come before God with our own strength and self-righteousness, in this way we are in danger of falling to arrogance and we lose sight of the truth of grace. The law makes us aware of sin, but it doesn't free us from sin.

How are we saved? We are saved only by the grace of God through Christ Jesus. Nothing else. We should not add on other human works to receive salvation.

Once we have the truth of God's grace deep in our hearts we will not fall into self-condemnation and blaming. God's love is unconditional, he does not care about our flaws and shortcomings. Grace is a gift given freely. Receiving his unconditional love is faith, and by faith we are saved. We should make sure we have this truth deep in our hearts so that the gospel may reveal itself fully in our lives.