Saved by Grace!

Acts 15:11
But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.

The Church was in a pickle.  A lot of Gentiles were getting interested in the gospel, but Jewish law had insisted on circumcision as the way to enter the covenant since the days of Abraham.  So did new Christians have to be circumcised or not?  Peter gave the answer when the Church assembled in council and asked for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Circumcision doesn’t save, it is merely the sign that pointed to the true circumcision of the heart.  And that is accomplished by the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, not by a knife.  With that revelation, the gospel could now go out to the world, which is why all us Gentiles are now “fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6).

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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