Daily Archives: May 21, 2009

No Difference

Galatians 3:10-14

10For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” 12But the law is not of faith, rather “The one who does them shall live by them.” 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— 14so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

The death of Christ for all who trust, and not for those who keep the Law of Moses, means that salvation is not just for Jews. Once the Law is taken out of the equation it is plain that one of the great benefits is that all may be saved without any reference to law keeping whatsoever.

We who are Gentiles may be saved because salvation has no ethnicity bound to it whatsoever. This a major theme of Paul in his writings, especially in Ephesians 2:11-22 and Romans 3 and 4. It is a grand and glorious message. Salvation in Christ is for all who believe. It is not restricted by any human barriers whatsoever.

Sin, gender, race, social standing all mean nothing when it comes to salvation. The ground at the foot of the cross is level. This being the case we are called to give the Gospel wherever God gives us opportunity. We should deliver it ubiquitously knowing that the cross means all may come and believe and be saved. Anyone who knows Christ needs to know this great liberating truth and give the Gospel without fear. Never let a believer conclude in his heart that there is someone for whom the Gospel is not.

Of course this equality of people before the cross applies to those who do not believe as well. All people can be saved no matter who they are. And all people need to be saved no matter who they are. No one is granted a free pass on the basis of their ethnic origin, religion, gender, colour or anything else. Salvation is based on one’s faith in Christ – period. No one can claim special status with the Almighty. No one can rest easy because of anything about themselves. All need the righteousness of Christ, because no one has any righteousness of their own.

All need Christ and all are invited to Christ. Jesus Christ is for you.