John 1:9-13

One of the most beautiful things about the Gospel is its impartiality. You don’t gain special privilege because of your gender or race. It doesn’t have to be read in a particular language. It’s not something you can only accept if you’re young and have a lifetime to try and achieve its tenets. It is open to all who would believe, so long as they do so during their mortal lives. 

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:9-13, ESV

Jesus’ light, his gift of eternal life, is offered to all. While God originally revealed His vision and covenant through Israel, right from the start we see that even during this period it was applicable to any who would believe. Rahab and Ruth are in the line of David. They were both foreigners who came to trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They were accepted by God and we remember them specifically because Scripture calls out their witness for the Almighty. 

Not everyone who is exposed to the Gospel will accept it. Unfortunately, many will not. However, because the Gospel can apply to anyone, we are compelled to share it. For those who accept, God will recognize them as His children. Again, He won’t do this because of the way we typically divide people, but simply because they believed. 

Rejoice that the way of salvation is open to you. Exult in the fact that you can share it with anyone and if they choose to believe, salvation is theirs, too. This precious gift from God is offered without reservation, without previous qualification, and without any preparation on our parts. We believe, we are forgiven and adopted, and we live for Him. God is amazing. 

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