The Simplicity of the Gospel – Powerful!

I’m so impressed this morning by the simplicity of God’s plan to save us! It was simple enough that when I, as a small child, heard the story of Jesus and the plan of salvation, I believed it with all my heart and have never been the same … a life transformed by the grace of God. On the other hand… intellectuals, who have wrestled with the issue of God’s existence (i.e. C. S. Lewis) were brought to the simplicity of the story… Would they believe Jesus came, offered Himself on the cross for their sin, rose from the dead, was alive, and had the power to save them? Every person… yes, every person, who is saved is brought to the simplicity of that story… I’m grateful for the simplicity of it all…

During my time of “coffee with the Lord” this morning, this wonderful truth was reinforced by my reading in Romans 10:9-17… “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved! For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified (i.e. made right with God), and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved… There is no difference … the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him. For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!’ … Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (from NIV)

Simplicity! Believing a simple story – the story of God’s love expressed in Christ – results in profound change!

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