Acts 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
In our Sunday school class we have been studying the book of Romans. This week we discussed the latter part of chapter two. This got me to thinking about how blessed we are to be under the New Covenant.
No longer does our nationality matter in God’s eyes. In fact, where we come from, our name, relatives, skin color, or any other physical or earthly thing makes any difference in our standing before Him. There is but one thing that matters: Have we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord? Nothing else will or does matter. But, oh how much it does and will matter on the day we have to stand before Him and give an account of our lives!
Today I was blessed to be able to attend two wonderful church services, hearing a great Sunday school lesson, two rousing sermons, and the inspiring songs of praise that go along with the services. Between services, I was privileged to spend several hours with my grandson (and we got to take him to church, too!) just enjoying him. Yes, today was indeed a good day for me. But that was not the case at all on September 20, 1977.
Due to total exhaustion, I wasn’t able to write about lest night’s lesson until now. In fact, last night I couldn’t even remember what the name of the lesson was, only that it was on part of the Book of Acts, chapter 5.
What I took from the lesson was very simple and straight forward and can be summed up in one verse: Act 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” But it should also be clear that we are following God’s Holy Spirit as 1 John 4:1 tells us. And our teacher last night was careful to make this point very clear.
If the leading you are getting is telling you something contrary to Scripture, it is not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit and God’s Word will always be in harmony and never be contradictory. And as 1 John 4:1 points out, there are other spirits in the world that are not of God, thus John’s admonition to “try the spirits”.