Every person is equal in God's eyes, with equal opportunity to know Him…
"From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us." (Acts 17:26-27)
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27..."man" means mankind, or the human race. The “one man” referenced in Acts 17 is Adam).
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28...for our modern context I think we could add to this list!).
"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23...the glory of God was God's original intent in making humankind in "His image and likeness" as quoted above. We were never meant to make distinctions based on physical characteristics, as we were all meant to share in God's glory--spiritual beings)
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16…It all starts with God’s love. All we have to do is believe and receive eternal life—Christ’s life.)
"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him" (John 3:36...true belief leads to obedience. The question is: are you in Christ, having believed in Him, and actively living for Him now?).
Roman's 1:18ff, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth in unrighteousness…”
—God has given every single person a choice: glorify Him as God, SHARING IN HIS VERY LIFE, or worship and serve something else, DESERVING WRATH.
2 Corinthians 5:16ff....God has reconciled THE WORLD to Himself. Those who receive this gift are a NEW CREATURE--forget the old. He has committed to us the "word of reconciliation..." take it to ALL PEOPLE, EVERYWHERE!
This is the blog of Tyler Shepard, the Associate Pastor for Centre Union Church in Yeagertown, PA.
I hope you are encouraged and challenged to walk more closely with Jesus Christ!