The Radical Inclusivity and Exclusivity of Christianity – Acts 2:1-21
From my reading in Acts 2:1-21 in the One Year New Testament.
The disciples had just received the Holy Spirit and were bursting of joy!
They were speaking in the languages of the people around them who had come from many different countries for the festival of Pentecost.
The foreigners were amazed and wondered what had made these people act so boldly. Others mockingly asked if they were drunk.
Peter answered them by quoting from the prophet Joel…
“In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike— and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:17–18
In other words SALVATION IS OPEN ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE!
All types of people will be saved and receive the Spirit! Sons, daughters, young, old, servants, men, women and the crowd he was speaking to were people from different nationalities and countries.
Everyone who is willing to turn from their sin and trust Christ is welcomed into God’s family.
Christianity is extremely exclusive in the fact that we believe that Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way we can be forgiven and receive eternal life.
Christianity is extremely inclusive in that anyone who chooses to follow him can be forgiven and invited into the family.
Peter ends by saying this…
“But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”Acts 2:21
Jesus is the savior of the whole world. To call on the name of the Lord is to make Jesus the Lord of your life. It is a choice to stop running your own life, receive Christ’s forgiveness, and choose to follow him!
So if you are part of EVERYONE, then you are invited to follow Jesus!
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