God Shows No Favoritism – Acts 10:24-48
From my reading in Acts 10:24-48 in the One Year New Testament.
Jesus came to the Jews, but the good news is for everyone.
After Peter saw the vision reminding him that all foods were clean (see my article Why Christians Can Eat Bacon), he realized that because of the cross no one was unclean or impure because of their race.
“Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.” Acts 10:28
This is great news for Gentiles like me; the salvation of Jesus is open to us. God’s plan all along was to bring salvation to all nations through the Jewish people. Peter continued later,
“I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism.In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” Acts 10:34–36
God shows no favoritism.
He accepts everyone willing to receive the peace of Jesus and make him the Lord of their lives.
There are people who fear and obey Jesus all over the world, and every one is welcome if they come through Jesus and not their own merits.
No matter how good a person is, without Jesus they are not good enough.
Praise God that everyone can enter God’s family through Christ. One of my favorite quotes is this…
“The ground is level at the foot of the cross.” – Unknown
This truth can help us have an attitude of humility realizing that compared to Jesus we are no better than anyone else. Jesus offers his love and forgiveness to ALL PEOPLE! Praise God that we serve a God of inclusion and radical grace. As a church, we have been called to go to all nations and preach this message.
“And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.” Acts 10:42–43
Jesus commanded the apostles to go to all the world to preach the good news, because the good news is for everyone!
This is still the mission of the church today. Either you can be a part of it or you can waste your life! Ask yourself this question?