v 21. Paul said ‘ I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.’
The Good News demands a response.
There is a tendency on the part of some to regard the Christian Faith as a matter of academic interest. For sure, the history of how Christianity has transformed cultures, impacted the lives of significant people and even raised the moral standards of a nation, is both interesting and stimulating. The languages in which the Bible was written are worthy of study, and the way the Christian Church has developed over the years really is fascinating. Some pursue these studies to a high level in Universities and Colleges throughout the world, and many go on to Diplomas and Degrees. In some schools it can be followed as an ‘A’ Level course, and I have a book on my shelves awarded to me in 1952 as a ‘Prize for Divinity’! (That was what RE was called in those days!) Raise a ‘HURRAH’ for academic studies!
BUT that is not what the Gospel is about. Nobody knew their Bibles and the Jewish Law better than the Pharisees – and think where it got them.
The Good News of Jesus is not there just to be known in an academic sense. Inherent in the message is a call to respond to it in a practical and life-challenging sense. The three aspects to this are repenting from sin turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.’ It speaks of a life turned round to go God’s way, with a faith in Jesus that accepts God’s remedy for the consequences of sin.
In a word, it is not just believe, but FOLLOW.
The real learning then comes about as we discover how following Jesus affects every part of our lives.