The handprint of God is on every page of the Bible

Martin Luther commenced the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses way back before the 18th century. To summarize his propositions, he felt strongly:

1. Men are not under law, but under grace.

2. Men are not saved by works of righteousness.

3. Faith operates through love.

Concerning the topic of love (Love for men and God):

1. Love covers a multitude of sins.

2. Agape love is sacrificial.

3. After a genuine salvation experience, love in our hearts is indicative of being sincerely saved.

4. Love thinks of others first, specifically having an attitude of servanthood.

5. Genuine Christianity is maturing in sanctification (grow more Christlike).

6. Christians must have an experience of Godly sorrow (mourning over sins that grieve God).

7. Love is not selfish.

8. Love means we fight immorality in this country by taking a righteous stance.

9. Love overrides hatred.

10. Love is embodied in Jesus Christ, the son of God.

In summation, Christ Jesus stated, “Follow me” when he saw Peter, the fisherman. Simon Peter along with James and John, also fishermen, left everything behind to become the apostles of Jesus Christ. Of course others would follow — Andrew and Nathaniel, etc. The charismatic nature of Jesus and the fact the apostles experienced and sensed Christ Jesus’ love made them colloquially speaking “burn all bridges” and follow Jesus who would make them fishers of men. The absolute truth is we will have our enemies if we follow Christ, but we will have our adherents — those people who love others that love. Peter converted 3,000 people. Love edifies. Love is like a magnet: it pulls people to others who themselves love. The handprint of God is on every page of the Bible, stamped with his love seal.

JOHN SIRTOLI

Gloversville