Salvation through Jesus Christ was always on Paul’s mind. For some time after his conversion, he would go to the local synagogue to tell his Jewish people about the power of God in Christ to forgive and save (Acts 9:20; 13:5, 14, 43; 14:1). In all these interactions with the Jews, Paul never assumed that their knowledge of the Old Testament was adequate to lead them to salvation. In Acts 13, he refers to David in the Old Testament as a means of pointing them to Christ, their Messiah. Notice what he says in the synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia:
“Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38–39). Forgiveness was something very different from the requirements of fulfilling the law. In making this offer, Paul points to Christ as the only means of receiving forgiveness and freedom from what the law required to be justified with God.
In presenting the gospel to others, let us not assume that any understand forgiveness or freedom. We may need to begin with basic principles that will lead them to this understanding.
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