Confidence That Counts
“Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?” – Acts 15:10
If there’s one thing that I’m confident in, I’m confident in Christ. I’m confident in the salvation that He has offered me. It’s not because of anything that I’ve done or anything that I am. It’s because I know that I can stand on the promises of God and that I am walking in the light of my Savior. When we walk in the light, we have fellowship with the Lord, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us of all sin (1 John 1:7). Power does not rest in me, but all power comes from the Lord to do and be anything.
Are you confident in your salvation? Do you know that your soul will be spared from eternal death in that day when the Lord returns? Have you done what you need to do in order to be saved?
When you think about it, that’s the kind of confidence that’s ultimately going to count – confidence in Christ, confidence in His Word, confidence in knowing and obeying the truth.
It won’t matter much how high you hold your head and say, “Lord, didn’t I say a ‘sinner’s prayer’ and worship you how I thought was best; didn’t I do it all in your name, Lord” (cf. Matt.7:22)? The Lord will say “depart from Me, I never knew you,” there’s no such thing as a “sinner’s prayer” in the Bible (Matt. 7:23).
And that’s the reason why we are studying restoration of New Testament Christianity – so that we can be confident in Christ and our salvation by following the New Testament examples and teachings. In Acts chapter 15, we see the apostles and elders meet for the Jerusalem council.
There were some Jewish Christians who were telling new Gentile converts that they needed to be circumcised in order to be saved. They were trying to impose the law of Moses on the new Gentile Christians.
“Some men came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers: ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved.'” – Acts 15:1
The elders and apostles convened together and discussed how to handle the false teachings that were going out to the Gentiles in Antioch. The elders and apostles debated and decided that they “should not cause difficulties for those among the Gentiles who turn to God, but instead we should write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from eating anything that has been strangled, and from blood” (Acts 15:19-20).
So they sent a letter to the church in Antioch by way of Paul, Barnabas, Judas, and Silas. And the Christians there were happy to hear the news that they didn’t have to be circumcised in order to be saved.
It’s just like today when religious leaders teach people that they need to say a “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved or that all they need to do is believe. Those are false teachings. It’s not what Christ taught.
In order to be saved from an eternal death, one must believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God (John 8:24). You must also repent of your sins (Luke 13:3). You also must confess that Jesus is Lord to others (Matt. 10:32). And you must then be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (Mark 16:16).
These are all things Jesus taught in the Scriptures. They are not the teachings of some preacher or “pastor,” but the words are straight from the Lord.
We can trust the Lord at His Word. If we do what He tells us, then He will follow through on His promises.
Do you have confidence that counts? Is your soul confidently ready for heaven? Have you put on Christ in baptism? If you haven’t there’s no way that you can have true confidence in your salvation.
If we do what the Lord says, we can be confident that we are saved because we can be confident in Christ’s teachings.
That’s confidence that counts.
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