It's Simple! 

IT’S SIMPLE! 


          Recently I had the one-of-a-kind experience of renewing my driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicle. How I had let my driver’s license expire is beyond me. At any rate, it happened; now I had to face the process of getting a new license: (I had had my license ever since 1982, when I turned 16 years old.) The procedure was to: 1) take the written exam; 2) take the rules of the road exam; 3) have an eye exam; 4) then, finally have the driver’s exam. What a PROCESS, and understandably so!
 
          I also recall when I finished matriculating through college and graduate schools, and each institution had a PROCESS before I could be finished with my program of study. For example: 1) apply for graduation; 2) meet with my counselor to ensure all courses were satisfied within my program of study; 3) get signatures from ALL department heads within the college/university/library to confirm nothing is owed to them; etc. What a PROCESS, and understandably so! (By the way, do you know I still have dreams that these institutions show up on my doorstep and say, “We’ve made a mistake, please give us back your degrees!”)
 
          Even some of my church (not Christ, but church) experiences consisted of processes. For example, I remember one experience in which I: 1) received Christ through praying the ‘Sinner’s Prayer'; 2) got baptized; 3) finally, I had to go to the ‘tarry room’ each week to receive the Holy Ghost. Week-After-Week-After-Week-After-Week I ‘tarried’ for the Holy Ghost. Because I tarried for the Holy Ghost for so long, I thought I wasn’t worthy to receive it; Finally, one week, I began to ‘speak-in-tongues!’ I had received that church’s STAMP OF APPROVAL. What a process! Was it understandably so?

 
         
The Bible tells us in Colossians 2:13-23. KJV 

13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; 

15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 

17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 

19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 

20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 

21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 

22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 

23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. 

  


IT’S SIMPLE THROUGH CHRIST! 
  
SALVATION. 
God loved the world. He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. (John 3:16. KJV) 
 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Receiving Salvation is simple. (Romans 10:9. KJV)  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
  
JUSTIFICATION. 
Sinful, law-breaking humanity needs a means of justification because of its failure to keep God’s law and live up to God’s requirements. (Isaiah 5:16. KJV)[1] 
"But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness." God justifies us. It’s simple. 

RECONCILIATION. 
Reconciliation is defined as, “The restoration of fellowship between God and humanity and the resulting restoration of human relationships. The NT affirms that the reconciliation of the world to God is only possible on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ.[2]” Christ reconciles and restores us into fellowship with God. It’s simple. 

  
  
  
  
PRAYER: 
  
Dear Heavenly Father, 
We come to you thanking you for your excellent greatness in all the heavens and in all the earth. We thank you that with your speech ALL things were formed and created. 
  
Dear Lord, thank you for your only begotten Son, Jesus, who lived in human form, yet remained sinless.
 
We thank you that Jesus was a witness to your glory through His Works here on earth: He trained disciples; He taught; He healed; He prophesized; He suffered; He died; He rose from the dead; He preached to the souls in hell; He breathed the Holy Spirit on His Apostles; He ascended into Heaven; He sits at the right hand of You, oh Father; He’s coming back for a church without a spot or a wrinkle.
 
We thank you, dear Lord, that Jesus is yet alive, even now.
 
Dear Lord, in a world that seemingly complicates things, let us follow your SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATION! 
In Jesus’ name we pray. 
  
AMEN. 

  
  
  
  

[1][1] https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/1075-God-justice, Accessed, February, 29, 2016. 

[2] https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/dictionary-of-bible-themes/6716-reconciliation, Accessed, February, 29, 2.016