Monday, July 16, 2007

The Fundamentals of Paul’s Message: Faith and Repentance

Paul’s writings are rich with theology, insight, and instruction on what it means and looks like to be a follower of Christ. He also modeled the Christian lifestyle in his own life. However, in Acts 20 as he speaks to the elders in Ephesus and again in Acts 26 as he presents his case to King Agrippa, he distills his message down to two fundamental truths: faith and repentance.

Let’s look at how Paul himself summarizes his life’s message:

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Acts 20:21

So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. Acts 26:19-20

God’s saving grace is amazing and is abundantly available to those who come to him in faith and true repentance.

1 comment:

Milton Stanley said...

Good word, Eric. I linked to your post today. Peace.