As Muhammad and his friend wereÂ walking through the Bazaar QuarterÂ of Istanbul, they heard a loud explosion,Â and joined the crowd that was gatheringÂ at the site. When they saw an AmericanÂ father trying to reassure his two youngÂ daughters, Muhammad offered to buyÂ ice cream for the little girls. After the iceÂ cream had comforted them, MohammadÂ and his friend asked the father aboutÂ himself.
The American told them he was aÂ Christian and was now visiting otherÂ Christians. Muhammad, who regularlyÂ went to one of the more than 2400Â mosques in the city, was surprised to learnÂ that there were Christians in Istanbul.Â He knew something about ChristianityÂ because a childhood friend had read himÂ library books that contained Bible stories.Â However, as he had grown older, he wasÂ taught that the Quran was the only bookÂ of truth. After some discussion, bothÂ Muhammad and his friend accepted anÂ invitation to go with the American to aÂ Bible study.
Muhammadâ€™s friend soon lost interestÂ and left, because he believed that he couldÂ only be accepted on the judgment day ifÂ he kept the laws in the Quran. However,Â Muhammad continued to attend theÂ Bible studies, and soon met some TurkishÂ Christians who had turned to the LordÂ Jesus Christ for salvation.
He started studying the Bible and inÂ particular, the tenth chapter of Romans.Â In verse 3 he read, â€œFor they being ignorantÂ of Godâ€™s righteousness, and going about toÂ establish their own righteousness, have notÂ submitted themselves unto the righteousnessÂ of God.â€ He knew that God was holy, andÂ understood that he was a sinner in Godâ€™sÂ sight. He learned that righteousness withÂ God could only be attained by trustingÂ in the atoning work of Christ, and not byÂ following the Quran.
One day he accepted Godâ€™s promise,Â â€œIf thou shalt confess with thy mouth theÂ Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heartÂ that God hath raised him from the dead,Â thou shalt be saved. For with the heart manÂ believeth unto righteousness…â€ (RomansÂ 10:9-10). That day, Muhammad gained aÂ permanent righteousness and eternal lifeÂ by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ.
How are you trying to establish yourÂ righteousness before God? Your goodÂ works and best efforts can never satisfyÂ Godâ€™s holy standard. The only basisÂ of salvation for any of us is the LordÂ Jesus Christ who, on the cross, took theÂ punishment for our sin so we could â€œbeÂ made the righteousness of God in Himâ€Â (2 Corinthians 5:21). Believe in the LordÂ Jesus Christ and God will grant youÂ righteousness through Him.
(Muhammad is not his real name)
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