Acts 15: 9-11
“9 He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 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? 11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”
The Jews were not saved by the law. In fact, the law became such a burden to them that they could not bear it. It is not through our actions that we are saved, it is by grace through faith in Christ.
Paul, in Romans 5:8 wrote “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” This is God’s grace; sending His son to live among us, to be rejected by us, to die for us and then to forgive us….while we were yet sinners.
Grace is the love of God given to the undeserving. Salvation is the free gift of God offered to all of humanity. All we have to do is believe.
May the love of Christ be with you
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)