For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Christianity Is for Everyone
Of all the words you could pick to describe Christianity, would “inclusive” be one of them? Many people would say, “No, Christianity is too exclusive.” But does the Bible passage you just read sound discriminatory?
The apostle Paul wrote those words. His life’s work was spreading the good news of Christianity, and he did not discriminate with it. Paul was Jewish, but he told non-Jewish people about Jesus. Paul was a man, but he told women about Jesus. Paul had a religious upbringing, but he told the unreligious about Jesus.
Why is the Christian message so inclusive? Because God wants to include all people in his kingdom. He wants all people to be saved—including you! Isn’t that amazing? It makes God happy to include you.
Christianity is for everyone. That’s why Paul’s words here are so inclusive. But did you also notice how exclusive they are? You cannot believe anything that you want to. Paul did not write, “Everyone who calls on whatever will be saved.”
God is more exclusive than that. He does not tolerate faith in just anyone or anything. In this, he is like a doctor. When you’re sick, the doctor doesn’t prescribe medicine that he randomly picked. He administers what he knows will help you. He wants to give you the medicine that will cure your ailment.
God works the same way. All human beings suffer from the same problem—sin. Therefore, all human beings need the same solution—the Lord Jesus Christ.
So why is the Christian message so exclusive? Because there is only one Savior. We need a salvation that is all God’s work and not ours, and we have it in Jesus Christ. Only Jesus is the God-man who loved the world so much he gave up his life on the cross for everyone who ever has lived, is living, or will live.
When Christians speak the good news about Jesus, they are just like sick people telling other sick people where to find the cure. God promises eternal salvation to everyone who calls on Christ in faith.
Lord of all, bless me when I call on you. Amen.
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