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No partiality

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 6 months ago | 1181 views Link: https://goo.gl/dVm9sc

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

We all know that, before the foundation of the world, our gracious God conceived a marvelous plan to redeem a people for Himself.  He tells us that He has chosen a great number in Christ to give as a gift to His son and that all He has chosen will come to the son.  We know that, many years ago, He chose the nation of Israel for special blessing.  We are told He has chosen the foolish of the world to confound the wise.

Because of these statements and others, some have accused God of being partial in His choosing.  Others say that God bases His choices on nothing about the one chosen, i. e. that His choosing is unconditional.  Jesus said He knew who His sheep were and they would hear His voice and follow Him.  He was even able to tell a number of people that they didn’t believe because they weren’t His sheep.

So, perhaps in our evangelism, we should go to only the sheep to share the gospel. 

Our problem is that we don’t know who they are and we’re not given the knowledge or the authority to decide who they are.  Because we don’t know, Jesus has told us go into all the world and share the good news and make disciples.  God has chosen to redeem His people from everywhere and we are not able to say that someone will never come to faith and trust God.

In Rev 5:9, John is being shown a view of the Lamb of God, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, taking a scroll from the one on the throne.  Those present fall down before the Lamb and they sing a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

In Rev 7:9-10, John looks and sees a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.  They are crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and the Lamb!”

In Rev 14:6, John sees an angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.

In all these verses, we are told that God’s plan of redemption is worldwide and that all peoples are candidates for hearing the gospel. 

Peter learned that lesson in his vision of the clean and unclean animals.  Later, speaking before the household of Cornelius, Peter said, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.”

Obviously, there will be opposition to those who share the gospel.  Our Lord was opposed to the point of death and many others have met the same end. In Rev 13:7, John talks of the beast who utters blasphemous words against God.  John says the beast was given authority over every tribe and people and language and nation.  Those whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb Who was slain will worship the beast.  But our God has conquered the beast and all who oppose Him.

Our Lord is the victor and will accomplish His plan.  He has given us the opportunity to join Him in spreading the good news despite opposition.

May we not shirk our opportunity and responsibility.  May we share the good news broadly as we have the opportunity.  May we pray for the conversion of people from every tongue and tribe and nation.  May we show no partiality in those with whom we share.  May God bless our feeble efforts for His glory to draw His people to Himself.

Dale

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Donna Dean

Amen!

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