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DAY 13

March 23rd, 2018

21 Days of Devotion

Read Acts 15:1-41

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

Chapter 15 of Acts describes one of the earliest disputes amongst believers in the early church. In one sense, it centered around circumcision which was the sign of the covenant for the Jews. The question was: do gentiles who become Christians need to be circumcised in order to be saved? The emphatic answer at the end of the chapter is “No!” Why? Because all the righteousness required for salvation was achieved by Jesus. No one is saved by any work, instead, they are saved by “the grace of the Lord Jesus.”

“Christ’s victory … is the overcoming of the law, of sin, our flesh, the world, the devil, death, hell and all evils; and this his victory he has given to us. Although, then, these tyrants and these enemies of ours accuse us and make us afraid, yet they cannot drive us to despair, nor condemn us; for Christ, whom God the Father has raised up from the dead, is our righteousness and victory.”
Martin Luther
Commentary on Galatians

Meet with another believer and discuss various places where you tend to rely on your own works as opposed to the work of Jesus.