In this section of readings, we close out the Gospel of John and the Gospels as a whole. We have seen the death and resurrection of Jesus from four different viewpoints. We have read His life changing words and seen His heart and love for all people.
In the Book of Acts, Luke continues from his Gospel, to tell the Acts of the Apostles. These acts are simply to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring in many to salvation through the hearing of the Word and faith in Jesus Christ.
Paul is preaching to both the Jews and the Gentiles in Antioch and as he describes how the prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus Christ, he says these words…
Acts 13:38-39 (NKJV) — 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; 39 and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Paul points out a contrast. The people have been trying to be justified by the law of Moses. They thought that if they kept the law, and offered the proper sacrifices that they would justified before God. But Paul says you cannot be justified by the law. Paul writes something similar to the Romans.
Romans 3:20 (NKJV) — 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
We cannot be justified before God by anything we do because we have already fallen short. There is no amount of good deeds that can now make us perfect. But, long before the coming of Jesus, Jesus was prophesied through Isaiah and Isaiah speaks of the only way we are justified.
Isaiah 53:11 (NKJV) — 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.
Jesus bears our sin. Those who believe are justified because He bore our sins. We had to have someone bear our sins. A sinless, perfect man had to bear our sins. Paul continues to the Romans to explain this.
Romans 3:21–24 (NKJV) — 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
We are justified freely by grace which we accept through belief and faith.
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Acts 16-17
- Day 2 – Acts 18-20
- Day 3 – Acts 21-23
- Day 4 – Acts 24-26
- Day 5 – Acts 27-28
- Day 6 – Romans 1-3
- Day 7 – Romans 4-7