The Grace of God

And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Acts 15:7-11

These verses are of great importance to us who are not Jewish by birth.  After Peter started preaching to the Gentiles, they started receiving the Word.  They started believing in the Lord Jesus and they started coming to Him for salvation.  This was good, but there were some (especially in the Pharisees’ camp) who wanted these new converts to submit themselves to all of the Jewish law.  After “much disputing,” Peter rose up and said something that echoes through the ages.

He asked the men who wanted to put the new Gentile converts under the law this: “…why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”  In looking at the law, Peter understood that even the best of the fathers and ancestors had not been able to keep it.  He understood that, as good as the disciples were, they had not even been able to keep it.  Why would they want to put that yoke on these new converts?

God had something better.  “…we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.”  It is not through the keeping of the law and/or the observation of customs that we are saved.  It is simply through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ!  What a wonderful truth and what a wonderful Saviour!

One response to this post.

  1. Yet by keeping the law, you gain an upper hand on obtaining God’s grace.

    Regards and good will blogging

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