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“Lessons from Acts 11”

How many things in our world are for “ALL”?

It is rare for anything to be available to all people.  Different businesses, clubs, organizations, etc., all have some type of formal or informal exclusions even if written in just the fine print.  Many things in our world are based on sex, race, origin, and other factors that automatically disqualify certain individuals.

How thankful we should be daily that the BLESSED GOSPEL IS FOR ALL, THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL (as we sing is one of my favorite songs).  We realize from Acts chapter 11 that “all” means “all” when it comes to the New Testament Gospel and spiritual blessings from Jesus Christ. 

Acts 11:17 “Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”

Acts 11:18 “When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, ‘Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.’” 

Peter came to the realization that the gospel is for all, no exclusions based on anything!  God and Jesus are not prejudiced in any manner.  They would not have the greatest promise ever made exclude anyone.  Even though the New Testament is plain in its teaching, ALL have the opportunity but not without conditions.  Many are confused about this point.  ALL can be saved, ALL can be faithful children of God, Christ’s invitation is open to ALL and ALL can respond to it, but not ALL will live according to the conditions of Christ.  Let’s be ever thankful and grateful to God for His grace which is sufficient for ALL mankind.  Let’s be thankful that the invitation of Christ is open for ALL.  Let’s continue to pray and work for the salvation of ALL mankind. 

-Daron Stewart

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