“As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him” Gal. 5:5
In the New Testament we find examples of the followers of Christ arguing over issues that are not central to their faith. Some examples are speaking in tongues; circumcision of the Gentiles; eating food offered to idols; and incorporating the law into their faith.
Today, more than two thousand years later, we followers of Christ still find issues not central to our salvation to argue about. For example: Once saved, always saved; Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues; the rapture of the Church; following the Ten Commandments; you must be baptized to be saved and many more issues.
Instead of lining up on sides of these issues, we should be spending time in prayer, fellowship and reading the Bible. How can we hide God’s word in our hearts if we do not spend time reading what He says? Reading His living Word will change our lives and help us line up on His side of important issues. It will also transform us into the people He wants us to be, regardless of denominational creeds.
- Gal. 5:5 As for us, our hope is that God will put us right with him; and this is what we wait for by the power of God’s Spirit working through our faith.
- John 10:10-11 I came that [you] may have life, and have it abundantly. 11“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
- John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
- 1 Peter 1:3-5 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.