18-19 We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.
Romans 5:18-19 J.B. Phillips New Testament
As all were condemned in Adam, all are saved in Christ.
This is good news for everyone. No one is beyond the love of God and acceptance. No one is beyond the reach and scope of God’s power to save and transform. No one is beyond God’s invitation to His gospel feast.
The finished work of the Cross included everyone and that means everyone has been reconciled to God—even though they have yet to know of His great and enduring love. This is why the Apostle Paul pleaded with those who are far off to reconcile themselves to God through the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Moreover, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation to reconcile others to God through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If people do not know they have been reconciled to God in Christ, they cannot truly enjoy salvation in this life as a response of faith to God’s gracious call. They perish for the lack of knowledge of God’s grace and rich mercy. Although the fate of the unevangelized is highly debatable, the Scripture is very clear that God has made a way for them to know Him through the evidence in creation around them (Romans 1:19-20). Furthermore God may even reach out to those who haven’t heard the gospel in some extraordinary ways like visions, dreams and near-death experiences. However, God still expects us to be His mouthpiece and reach out to many as possible.
What a privilege to show and share the good news.
Our purpose is simple because our mission is clear. We are to lovingly share God’s love in every way possible so that others may really know God in a personal and intimate way. So let us endeavour to share the gospel with conviction and clarity.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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