Anyone [PART V]


1Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is for their salvation. 2For I testify about them that they are zealous for God, but not on the basis of knowledge. … 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14How then can they call on the One in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” 16But not all of them welcomed the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17Consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.[See also Isaiah 65:1-16]


The Word of God brings salvation, but many today, just like the Israelites before, continue rejecting His Word. Today the gospel can be received by anyone who chooses to receive the Word, by faith. The apostle Paul belabored much in trying to make distinctions between the Jewish nation and “the Israel of God.” It was not to the lenial descendants of Abraham that the blessing of God was promised. Abraham had a son before Isaac was born, yet Isaac was chosen to inherit the promise. Likewise, Jacob and not Esau, his elder brother, was prefered as his fathers heir. It is thus not by human standards of privilege or merit that God chooses or rejects His people. He chooses whomever He chooses, and His election falls whosoever it befits, whether Christian or otherwise. Despite their devotion to the Law and their zeal for God, the Jews lacked the one thing essential, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his Resurrection.Through missionaries, God continues to open up the possibility of salvation to the pagan world using inconceivable means, even where some believers try to overlook or undermine God’s purposes by neglecting and overlooking potential converts by engaging like Martha [Luke 10:38-42], in things that don’t add value to the Kingdom of God.


In many cases, the zeal for church programmes far outweighs the actual or essential work, like evangelism, missions and outreach, to win souls. Many arguments can be postulated on this but it won’t change the facts. Jesus is the complete revelation of God and we cannot fully know God apart from Christ, whom God uses to bring man to Him, and there’s no other path. Hence, we must take God’s message of salvation in His Word to others so they can respond to the Good News.How will our neighbours, friends, workmates, family members and others hear it unless we tell them, in love?


In Christ’s Service,


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