Next week, we’re going to start studying the book of Ephesians. I’m really looking forward to it, as it’s such an important book both doctrinally and in practical application. I was going to dig right in this morning, but I always like to do a little background on the study before we get to the scripture, and I’m just not prepared to do that this morning.
I do hope you enjoyed our walk through Galatians. I was blessed in a whole new way as I researched and studied this little gem of a book. The amazing grace of Jesus overwhelmed me as we read over and over again how the Law has been fulfilled in His death and resurrection; that grace has been poured out on us in so incredible a way that all we need to do is believe and receive Him as Savior in order to be sure of heaven.
Christianity is the only religion in the history of the world that has offered a risen Savior! All other belief systems require works, rituals, strict adherence to rules and laws, and even then there is no absoute guarantee of eternal life in heaven.
On a little different note, I continue to be saddened by the multitudes who call themselves Christian and yet do not understand the true meaning of the word. They are still caught up in works-based salvation, relying on infant baptism, catechism, and other man-made rituals to achieve heaven.
It is so much simpler than all that. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
Understand that you are a sinner. Realize that a holy God cannot look on sin, but that He loves you and wants to provide a way for you to have a relationship with Him. So He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to become the perfect sacrifice–the final sacrifice–for sin. His blood not only covers sin, but cleanses us from sin when we come to Him in repentance and accept Him as the only way to heaven. Call on Him to forgive your sin and to take you to heaven when you die. When you do so in utter and complete faith, your life will be changed and your eternity will be secure.
I pray that anyone who is reading this post today will seek the Savior.