Does it sometimes feel as though you are on repeat when you speak? You say things in the simplest way and yet so many want to make it hard. So, you say it again. They want to twist your words. You say it again. They want to tell you what you mean. You say it again.
And you think, can anyone hear me?
Paul says in 1 Corinthians that we are to speak the same thing. We are not to be divided in any way. Christians have a bad reputation for being hypocrites mainly because we all give different gospels. We do not speak or give the same message. We are not one body. I would argue that we are not even in the same family.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 1:10
In this world of everything, it’s hard for the small to be heard. Real Christians are definitely the least of these now. And in this big world where it is practically criminal to say anything anyone disagrees with, it is hard to get the message across without someone adding their evil spin to it…even on repeat. But let’s not confuse the meaning of Christian.
So, what is a Christian. Who are we? What do we believe?
I tell you the truth my beloved brothers and sisters. Christians believe that Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection paid for all of their sins. We are the true members of the spiritual body of Christ. We believe that nothing we do, no activity, no ritual, no way of living can earn a place in Heaven with the Lord. Only belief in the ultimate, the final sacrifice can do this.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18
He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification.
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:19
Why would one want to complicate something as simple as salvation?
Once you are a believer of the truth of your salvation, you are a Christian. What you do with this information once you receive is between you and God. How you live your life once you have received this information is between you and God. Dear friend, do not allow anyone to tell you about your sin. No one on this earth can judge you. Your sins and theirs are paid in full, just believe that. And beloved, trust me, receipt of the sweet gift of salvation from Jesus Christ will open your eyes to things more beautiful than any sin. You will desire to share this gospel with others. But, I beseech you, please do not distort the gospel of the grace of God. It is and always has been simple. We are saved by our faith through the grace of God by the blood of the savior Jesus the Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).
There are many reasons people want to add to this good news and place stipulations and clauses on the gospel. It does not matter. The motive is the same. The mastermind behind all of the confusion is the same. Lucifer, the fallen angel, destined for an eternal hell wants to build his army to fight the Lord in the end of days. And he will take the desires of your heart and build this army with your blood, if you are not careful.
Keep it simple. The already shed blood of Jesus Christ paid for your sins. You are destined for heaven if you believe this. And we want to build God’s army in Heaven where we will all live forever.
May the grace of God bless and keep you all.
Grace and peace,
Blessings and love,