Rom 16:16 - Salute one
another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
- And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
What must I do to be saved? (Acts
“GOD IS NO
RESPECTER OF PERSONS…”
At the house of Cornelius (a
Gentile), Simon Peter (a Jew), said, “Of a truth I perceive that God is
no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and
worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34–35). By this
statement, Peter especially referred to the racial distinction between
Gentiles and Jews. Peter’s observation caused him to enter the home of
this Gentile, which the Jews considered “unlawful” (v. 28).
That God is no respecter of persons
has many applications:
Jesus’ Death: Calvinism’s
“limited atonement” heresy teaches that Jesus died for “the elect only.”
The Bible teaches that He gave himself “a ransom for all” (1 Tim. 2:6;
cf. Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2). Most men reject Him, but He still died for
Jesus’ Invitation: He
invites all men to accept the blessings available only in His
death. He invites all to come to Him for rest (Mat. 11:28–30). He
invites “whosoever will” (Rev. 22:17; cf. John 3:16).
Jesus’ Gospel: He
ordered the preaching of the Gospel to “the whole creation” (Mark.
16:15–16). The Gospel is His sole means of inviting all men to come to
Him. The Gospel is God’s power to save men (Rom. 1:16). All who obey the
Gospel are one, whether Jew or Greek, bond or free, male or female (Gal.
3:28). “God is no respecter….”
Jesus’ Plan of Salvation:
All must believe in Him (John 8:24). All must
confess Him as the Son of God (Rom. 10: 10). All must
repent of their sins (Acts 16:30). All must be baptized
to be saved (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). All must faithfully serve
Him (1 Tim. 4:16). The Lord does not save some by the “sinner’s prayer,”
others by faith alone, and others by some other response. All men
are subject to the same conditions of pardon and salvation. Paul
taught the same thing “everywhere in every church” (1 Cor. 4:17). “God
is no respecter of persons” in His plan of salvation.
Death: Of mankind, Solomon
wrote: “All are of the dust, and all turn to dust again” (Ecc. 3:20).
Death is an “ap-pointment” all of us must keep (Heb. 9:27). Whether rich
or poor, good or evil, powerless or powerful, regardless of race, “God
is no respecter of persons” in death.
Judgment: All—good and
evil—will be raised and judged (John 5:28–29). Jesus will be the Judge
(Acts 17: 31) and none will avoid it (2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12). All will
be judged by the same standard (John 12:48), and the sentences that will
determine our eternal abode will all be flawless (Mat. 25:31–46, 2 Tim.
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