Saturday, August 18, 2007

Universal call of the gospel or not?

Why was it necessary that Christ come to earth and die for mankind? First Scripture highlights God’s desire to see men delivered from their sin and receive eternal life. Founded upon the love of God, He sent His Son as the ultimate sacrifice for man’s sins and will give all who believe the gift of eternal life. Furthermore, God’s justice was poured out on His Son. A punishment that rightfully belonged to every man was placed on Jesus Christ who voluntarily paid the penalty of sin. When we accept what Christ did in our place, we are reconciled with God.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19- “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

We are instructed to take this good news to the world, yet if God’s love is restricted to the only a select few, then why proclaim the gospel?

Isaiah 45:22- “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other.”

Mark 16:15- “And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Luke 14:23- “And the master said to the slave, Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.”

Acts 17:30- “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent…”

Revelation 22:17- “The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”

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