Scripture: “He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.” (Acts 15:9)

Observation: A lot is going on here and a lot is being said. The bottom line is that this is a watershed moment for the early Christian church! The majority of new believers in Christ were Jews (converted Jews)…. but not all! The Jews themselves sent Peter to preach to the Gentiles. … And what they prayed for happened! The Gentiles heard the message and came to Faith Praise the Lord! … now what?! They (some of them) reverted to what they once knew-the Law. And so, they called for the circumcision of the new Gentile converts in adherence to the law of Moses. But Peter set them straight. He made it clear that the same Gospel that converted them, set them free from the Law! They were saved, and their hearts purified, by faith alone!

Application: This phrase:”saved by faith” is a mantra in modern Evangelical Lutheran teaching and theology. But we can miss it so often. We fall back into our ways of trusting our works. However our works, no matter how sanctified (or even commanded by God), cannot save us. Our hearts are made pure through faith alone.

Prayer: Father, help me not to judge others by my standards of sanctification… you don’t. Remind me again that all the stains of my sin are washed pure by faith in the work of your Son Jesus! Amen.