Why is it so hard for us to believe that God truly forgives us of ALL our sin through the grace of Jesus Christ? His word tells us, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)
Yet, I often feel that grace is too good to be true. I am conditioned to think that there must be more required of me. It just can’t be so simple.
The Confusing Simplicity of God
Let me ask you this, “Why would God make it difficult for you and me to be saved?”
Look at the first BIG rescue God performs in the Bible. It is when He spares the Israelites during the first Passover. God tells them:
Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal…Then take a bundle of hyssop branches and dip it into the blood. Brush the hyssop across the top and sides of the doorframes of your houses…when he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, the Lord will pass over your home. He will not permit his death angel to enter your house and strike you down. Exodus 12:21-23 NLT
If you think about it, this was a strange, but very simple plan that God prescribed to the Israelites to save them from certain death. Of course, Passover was a foreshadowing of what was to come.
Today, the Blood of the Lamb (Jesus) saves us too. It is still that simple. When we believe what He tells us, His blood covers us and protects us from spiritual death.
Still not convinced? Look at the story of Naaman in 2 Kings Chapter 5.
The Bible says that Naaman “was a valiant soldier, but he had leprosy.” A young girl from Israel served Naaman’s wife. She said that if Naaman would go see the prophet of God that he would be cured. So, Naaman went and eventually found Elisha. Here’s what Elisha tells Naaman:
Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed. 2 Kings 5:10 NIV
Sounds sort of like baptism, doesn’t it? Well, Naaman refused to do as Elisha told him so, eventually his friends stepped in.
But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!'” 2 Kings 5:13 NLT
I can relate to Naaman. I want to make it harder than it has to be. God makes it simple. Apparently, the simplicity confuses me.
Why can’t I just accept the enormity of God’s grace?
Salvation Is Simple
I was reminded this week how I can turn to God even if there is sin in my heart. If you ever wrestle with believing that you are really forgiven, then I suggest you give this article a read. Steve does a great job of explaining how to deal with such unbelief.
Salvation is simple. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead and you will be forgiven and saved. I need to stop making it more complicated than that.