“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a freedom you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you. ‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you. (Habakkuk 1:5)’” (Acts 13:38-41)
There is no freedom under the Law of Moses. As we studied in Romans, it is vital to know the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ Commandments to love God and everyone all the time. It is only when we know what God expects that we realize we need a savior. We only have freedom through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the sacrifice and miracle needed to forgive our sins and save us.
Habakkuk tells the Jews that God would do something that they wouldn’t believe, even if they were told. Most Jews didn’t and don’t believe Jesus is their savior, even though Old Testament Scriptures, prophets, Jesus, Paul, and others told them it was true. They rationalize that Jesus didn’t complete all of what the Scriptures said he would do, and he won’t until His second coming. And Jews don’t believe in His second coming.
Paul preaches “Christ crucified is a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” (1 Corinthians 1:23) But Christ is the cornerstone and foundation for Christian lives. I don’t want to be among the scoffers that the prophets predicted would not recognize their Messiah, wondering if God will save me, what the purpose of life is, and if I will perish when I die.
The good news is Christians are free from every wrongdoing; don’t have to wonder if we’re going to heaven; if we pray, we’ll know God’s will for our lives; and if we ask for the power of the Holy Spirit, we’ll be able to do amazing things according to God’s will.
Father, I praise you for the good news we have through Jesus. Help me to love more so people will know I am Yours. Give me the power of the Holy Spirit so I can do Your amazing work. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.