“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13
The word basic is very…well…basic. If we look at the etymology of the word, we will find that it is derived from the word “base.” Basic means fundamental or foundational and I would like to take a trip back to the elementary things of our faith this week. The day you got saved was the beginning of something brand new: your relationship with Christ. Now, you didn’t start out by attempting to dissect the hypostatic union of Christ in order to explain the dispensational implication and its effects on the eschatological spectrum…that doesn’t even make sense! No, you started at the beginning; with the very basics of the Christian faith. Getting saved, reading your Bible, praying, and witnessing.
Too much of theology is overdone these days. Men are trying to put their own spin or custom touch on doctrines that don’t need additional explanation. Take for example: salvation. The Bible teaches us that if we place our faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the grave, He will forgive our sins and save us. That’s as basic as it gets. Sadly, intellectualism has invaded Christianity to the point where scholars are trying to complicate something that the Lord intended even a child to comprehend. Men have placed an unhealthy emphasis on philosophy, thus replacing the study of God (theology) with the study of man (philosophy). While we certainly need to understand how man works, we must better understand who God is and how He has provided a remedy for our human tendency toward sin.
A lot of people get discouraged because maybe they are not growing spiritually at the rate they anticipated, or maybe they feel like they haven’t made much progress in their walk with Christ. But let me encourage you today, if you find yourself in that situation. If you have Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have the most important thing in the world! It may sound basic, but the truth is not supposed to be complicated. With that knowledge of the basics, strive to grow in grace and allow the Lord to help you explore the deep things of His Word. Talk to Him regularly. The only qualification to grow in your walk with Jesus is to have a personal relationship with Him. Once the basics are in place, there’s no telling where He can take you, if you let Him!
How about you? Are you 100% sure that you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Have you trusted Him by faith? It’s the most important decision a person can ever make!