January 1, 2009

Simple Faith

Written by Boyd Bailey

Simple Faith… “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15

Simple faith does not mean simplistic faith. Christianity can seem complex. For example, our full understanding of the Godhead as three in one will not happen this side of heaven. There will always be a mysterious shroud around the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why having a simple faith in Him is necessary to receive the revelation of His truth found in the Holy Bible.

Jesus made it simple when he described becoming like a little child in order to enter into His Kingdom. Small children can clearly see simple truths because they are not encumbered by the complexities of adult living. Because of their humility and honesty they are able to listen to the Lord’s teaching about sinful man and our need for a Savior. For a child, loving Jesus is an opportunity to be loved. They can easily accept God’s gift of His only son Jesus for their salvation. Thus, childlike faith in Christ is your bridge to God.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).

Don’t miss meeting the Lord in simple faith because of the pain or problems you have already encountered in this world. There is no other lasting peace to be found on earth. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

What is our part? Our part is to confess faith in Jesus Christ and His part is to forgive us of our sins and give us eternal life in heaven. The Bible teaches, “That if you confess 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, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).

Have I simply placed my faith in Jesus Christ for the salvation of my sins? Have I made public my confession through baptism and engagement with a community of believers?

Related Readings: John 3:3; John 14:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23

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