13th October 2013

Simple Truth 

“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”
Acts 2:27-28 (NIV UK) 

For more than two years a friend of mine was perplexed because he kept finding water in the middle of his basement floor. It seemed logical to him that it was coming from equipment in his basement, so he did everything he could to fix the problem—looking for leaks, checking every valve and drain. Still, every few days, he’d find the same puddle of water on the floor.

Finally my friend called the city engineer who agreed to come and check things out. After looking around for just a few minutes he asked, “What’s that hose?” pointing to a gap between the furnace and the water heater. It was the discharge valve for the water softener. The overflow tube was in the drain, but the discharge hose was not. Every time the softener cycled, a stream of water ended up in the middle of the basement floor. My friend felt foolish that the solution was so simple, yet he was relieved at the same time. 

Now, how often do we make things more difficult than they really are? Take the idea of being saved, for example. Many people believe that in order to be saved one needs to say the right prayer, study or memorise the correct scriptures, go to a good church faithfully and serve others regularly. While these are good things to do, they don’t earn us salvation. 

When Paul and Silas were miraculously released from their prison chains, their prison guard realised that what had happened was an act of God. In Acts 16:30 he asked: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Their response? “Believe in the Lord Jesus.” 

In other words, believe in what Jesus has already done for you. He has already saved you; he has already made you right with God. The reality of who Jesus is and what he has done calls for a response of trust, adoration, obedience and love for others. 

While prayer, Bible study and church attendance are all wonderfully appropriate behaviours to have and pursue, we receive the gift of our salvation by our belief, our faith, our trust in Jesus—for he himself is our salvation. It’s as profound and as simple a truth as that.

Holy Father, you have made salvation to be a simple and easily understood truth. But at times we find that simple answer too difficult to believe. We believe, Lord, but help us with our unbelief. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Joseph tkach


joeandtammyAbout the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA.

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