Paul concludes the second chapter of Galatians with the following statement in Verse 21:
“I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
If all Christians understood this one verse and lived by it, my newly-published book, Christianity 101: The Simplified Christian Life (click here for information on how to order), would have been unnecessary. This one statement by Paul pretty much covers it.
We Christians are always wanting to tinker with salvation—to add our own little pet requirements. If you’re a Christian, you can’t do this, or you have to do that. We can’t accept the fact that salvation comes by grace through faith and by NOTHING else.
In Paul’s day, the big controversy was whether or not one had to be circumcised in order to be saved. Basically, the Jewish Christians of the day insisted that everyone had to keep the law in order to be saved.
There are still those today who insist Christians must keep the Mosaic Law. Others put forth rules about attending movies, dancing, the length of skirts or hair, and all manner of other things they would have us do or refrain from doing in order to be saved.
Have we learned nothing in the last 2000 years? After all those centuries and all the scriptures available to us, must we still ignore the simplicity of the gospel and add our own requirements to it?
If refraining from attending movies or dancing or any of the other no-no’s people want to put on us could save us, or if going to church or playing with beads or chanting om’s could save us—if ANY action of man could save us—then Jesus’s incarnation, life, death and resurrection were unnecessary.
As Paul said, if any “. . . righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Let’s take Paul’s word for this and accept Jesus’s sacrifice and quit trying to add our own pet ideas to salvation and being Christians.
What things have you been told you have to do or can’t do in order to be saved? In order to be a real Christian?
If you abide in Me and My word abides in you, then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.
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