He Is A God For Everyone

god_is_judgeTherefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. (Romans 3:28-30)

He Is A God For Everyone

The descendants of Abraham were a special people set apart by God for the purpose of bringing Christ into the world. From the beginning of man’s rebellion in the Garden of Eden, the Lord promised a Seed would come that would bruise the head of Satan. God promised Abram He would make of him a great nation, give him a land of promise and through his seed bring the promise of hope to all men. At Mount Sinai, the Egyptian Hebrews became the nation of Israel and forty years later received the land of promise in Canaan. Many generations later, a little baby Jewish boy was born in Bethlehem Judea that would grow to become the fulfilled seed promise of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells the story of the Lord working through the nation of Israel to bring His Son to the world to save all men. Jesus did not come to save the Jews only but also to save the Gentiles.

Paul’s argument in Romans is to show that Christ died for all men because all men sin. The Jews were different from the Gentiles only because of the national separation God created through the seed of Abraham. The Law of Moses was given to the Jews alone. This did not suggest salvation came only by the Law of Moses because Abraham was justified by faith and he never lived under the Law. The work of Christ was to show salvation was only through His blood and was given for all men, Jew and Gentile. The Lord is not just a God for the Jews. He sent His Son to die for the Gentile as well. There is one God who will justify the Jew and that same God will justify the Gentile. All men will find justification before the throne of the one Lord God Almighty.

Before Christ, the Jews found justification in the Law of Moses. The Gentiles found justification in being a law to themselves. Neither the Jew nor the Gentile could find salvation by keeping the Law or seeking righteousness through his or her own works. Jesus sacrificed His life to show the Jews that keeping the Law was to no avail and the Gentiles would never find righteousness in their own works. Jesus brought all men – Jew and Gentile – together through His blood. This was essential because all men would stand before one God to be judged. There will not be a judgment for the Jew apart from the judgment of the Gentile. One God will declare righteous according to one law. The Jew cannot be saved apart from Jesus Christ. Paul’s language shows the circumcised (Jew) will be judged according to the same law of the uncircumcised (Gentile) because Christ died for all men (Jew & Gentile).

The gospel of Christ is the only hope of salvation for every man and woman on earth. Regardless of race, nationality, gender, and age the Bible is the only truth whereby men can be saved. Contained with the pages of the Bible is revealed the plan of redemption for all men through the death of Jesus and His resurrection. No matter the nationality of man, God will judge all men according to the same message by one truth. There is one God, one judge, one hope and one book.

As there is no other avenue into the world of glory except through death, so there is no entrance into eternal life except through the narrow pass of judgment. (Emil Brunner, Eternal Hope, 1954)

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