I wish to encourage you to keep your faith in Christ simple and clear.
Mankind has a terrible habit of over engineering things that God has made remarkably simple. For example, the gospel is very simple, yet man has tampered with it and made it complex and vague. Humans have turned salvation around, attempting to make it all about us, instead of all about God. The world has exchanged the biblical decision of repentant belief in Jesus as Saviour and Lord to a journey toward Jesus that is so mystical that you most likely will never know for certain if you are saved or not.
The apostle Paul explained in Ephesians 1:12, that those who “hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory”. The simple fact is; “when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him (Jesus Christ), were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14). Salvation, the gift of eternal life, is intended by God to be the thing that we speak well of for His glory. End of story! In fact, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit energises the believer for this very purpose.
Now, when I speak of simple, I do not mean without intelligence or clarity of thought. No, I mean without complication, and without complex frills that add nothing to your faith relationship with God that you do not already possess through His Son, Jesus Christ. I’m referring to a pure focus of your faith upon Jesus Christ as the sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, taking your place, to pay the penalty for your sin in order to satisfy the justice of God (Romans 3:21-26; 5:1-11).
Jesus clearly stated; “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). Jesus did not come to earth for the purpose of political reform, or to heighten man’s inner awareness of self. No, He came to deal with the matter of yours and my sin. Paul told the Corinthians, that he “delivered to you as of first importance what I (Paul) also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Everything is of secondary importance to this simple and clear truth!
You see, God never intended the transition from being estranged from Him, to being a child of His, to be complex, clouded, or vague. Yes, the decision of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord is life’s most difficult one. And yes, belief in Jesus Christ as Lord will be your most expensive decision. But it will be a clear cut decision of belief, life changing, and with eternal consequences. Why? Because, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
I encourage you to keep your faith in Christ simple and clear. Be Christ focused, so that His life can be lived through your life, for His glory.
Together for Christ: Lincoln Forlong www.bbf.net.nz