Recently, my colleague and I were discussing a complicated skin cancer case. We both arrived at the same diagnosis but for different reasons. We laughed when we realized what happened and he exclaimed, “We’re on the same page! We may not be reading the same book, but we’re on the same page!”
Many times, I find myself in agreement with someone regarding a complicated theological issue. We may both arrive at the same conclusion but for entirely different reasons. The Bible records an important example of this. During the early years of the Church, a controversy arose on whether Christians needed to be circumcised like Jews in order to be saved.
While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
Acts 15:1 (NLT)
The controversy threatened to divide the early Church. Jewish Christians clashed with Gentile Christians. They both recognized that salvation was in the Name of Jesus Christ. However, how they arrived at this point differed. They were on the same page, but reading a different book. The Apostle Paul eloquently clarified the situation.
So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 15:10-11 (NLT)
Circumcision is a physical sign of the original covenant agreement that God made with the Jews. Once Jesus Christ lived, died, and was resurrected, a new covenant through faith and belief in Jesus Christ began. We no longer have to be circumcised or participate in sacrificial rituals to atone for our sins. We are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of Jesus Christ!
What powerful words that confirm the grace and mercy of God. Through Jesus Christ, we are all on the same page!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.