Have you heard the simple message of salvation sent by God? Have you received the good news made available to all mankind? It is not complicated. It is not complex. Many religions and religious people add rule upon rule, command upon command, to make it hard to bear, hard to understand, and impossible to follow.
But the Word of God and the call from the one who has made the sacrifice on your account communicated it in simplicity. He calls out a message of hope, forgiveness, direction, and love to anyone who is willing to listen and follow by faith.
Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.” Mark 1:15
But what is the Gospel? It is this. You have broken God’s Law. You have lied, stolen, hated others, looked with lustful eyes, and coveted others’ possessions. You have not worshipped the one true God completely. This is called sin and the breaking of His Law.
Jesus said, “If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 19:17-19
Because of this, you are a lawbreaker in God’s eyes. He is righteous and pure. He must punish sin wherever it is found. Someday you will die and you will stand before Him in judgment. Will He find you innocent or guilty, Heaven or Hell?
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
But Jesus, God’s only Son came to earth and lived a perfect life. He never sinned. Then He died for the sins of the world. He was buried and rose again three days later. Because of this, Jesus defeated sin and death. He took the punishment you deserved.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Now He offers you salvation and the forgiveness of your sins. But you must believe that He is God, that He did all of this for you. You must repent of your sins, which is turning away from your sinful ways, and follow, and obey Him. Give your life completely to Him.
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself.” Acts 2:38-39
In simple terms, you must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, repent, follow, and obey Him by faith. To the religious who convolute the Word of God to create error, salvation becomes too complex, but it is so very simple. The definition of convoluted means extremely complex, and difficult to follow.
The command of Jesus is simple: believe, repent, follow, and obey. If you continue on the way you have been living, in sin, you do not believe in Him. You are not repenting of your sins. You are not following and obeying His commands. Turn from sin and obey His commands. You see, it’s simple, but most flat-out refuse to do it.
The men of higher religious learning tend to go on to teach and complicate the simple message of God. The mind of man makes it so complicated, going into great detail explaining theology, doctrine, hermeneutics, and the like. Which many times is their own ideas. But Paul warned that this would draw away the people into vain discussions and arguments. It is happening. They twist God’s Word to make themselves look smart. It quickly becomes a message other than what is true. But it will be to their demise if they do not turn from their sins.
Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 1 Timothy 1:6-7
What Jesus says is so simple and basic that a child can understand. Yet most don’t even get it. Was it complex for the thief on the cross to be saved and join Jesus in Paradise that same day? Was it complex for Peters’ jailer to believe in Jesus and his whole family in one night? Was it complex for the disciples who dropped their nets to follow and obey Jesus at one simple request?
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Matthew 4:19-20
Jesus and His true followers do not muddy the water, adding to the message. It is simple, pure, and powerful to all who are given eyes to see and ears to hear. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and His message must remain simple so that it can retain its power to convert a sinful heart into flesh. It must stay the same to transform the mind and spirit from death to life. It humbles the proud heart and causes those with childlike faith to follow and obey Him.
And Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3-4
It is the Spirit of the Lord who saves and changes. It is by the power of God. His hands are stretched out to all who might hear and believe it. No eloquence of human words will ever make it better. Jesus boldly and rightly rebuked the religious leaders in His time for their arrogance and sin. By making it so hard to follow that they will never enter the kingdom of God themselves or save anyone by it.
“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.” Matthew 23:1-4
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:14-15
This is a powerful rebuke. Especially if you continue to read this chapter. It is a very serious matter in the eyes of Jesus that you never make His simple message complex, by adding or subtracting your own ideas. Explaining yes, but changing no.
So I call to you today to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Repent of your many sins and turn away from your sinful ways. Read the Bible, starting with the gospel of John, which is the Word of God. It is the spiritual food you need to be able to follow and obey His commands.
God is speaking to you right now. He offers you life, love, guidance, healing, and eternal life through Jesus Christ. To believe His simple message of hope. Will you listen and obey? Or will you follow the impossible path of Religion? Please believe in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, follow His commands, and obey His call today.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
Jesus said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him, will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38