SOMETIME AGO, I ATTENDED A BIG GATHERING OF PASTORS AND BEFORE THE SESSION RESUMED, THE HOST ASKED, WHO AMONG US HAD A PURE HEART? I IMMEDIATELY RAISED MY HAND AND TO MY SURPRISE, MY HAND WAS THE ONLY ONE RAISED OUT OF THE TWO HUNDRED PASTORS GATHERED THAT DAY. THE HOST ACKNOWLEDGED ME BUT I WAS A LITTLE BIT EMBARRASSED.
YOU SEE, WHEN THE APOSTLE PETER SPOKE DURING THE JERUSALEM COUNCIL, HE EXPLAINED THAT THE LORD PURIFIED THE HEARTS OF THE GENTILES BY FAITH JUST LIKE HE DID THEIRS.
(Act 15:8-9) “God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, for HE PURIFIED THEIR HEARTS BY FAITH.”