There is one difference.

Scripture:
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.Romans 3:22b-24

Observation:
Paul wrote a personal letter to the church locate in Rome. In the letter he began teaching them of the depravity of man and how man left the worship of the Creator for the created. Mankind began to elevate himself to the position of equal with God, who then turned them over their vile affections for sin. However, the apostle would go on to address the fact that God now required all people to stand before him without excuse because of the gift He gave through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. Paul made it very clear that there is no difference in God’s eyes between the Jew and non-Jew. All stand before Him equally and will answer to Him equally. Thus, as Paul stated, all have sinned and can be freely justified by grace through the redemption that came through Jesus.

Application:
The world in which we live is filled with people of all walks of life culturally, socially, economically, physically, and even mentally. The truth of the matter is that despite all of these differences there is still only one God in heaven who has made us all and looks at us all with equality in love and in judgment. For it is as stated in the scriptures that God is no respecter of persons. What He holds true for one, He holds true for all. Thus, if God says that we’ve ALL fallen short of His standard, the Law, then we ALL are in need of a Savior, Jesus.

It doesn’t matter how much or little good one has done in this life. It really comes down to the fact of whether each of us has a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe – Jehovah by grace through faith in the fact that the Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead, which we believe in our hearts, and the confession that Jesus is LORD, which we make with our mouths. If ALL have sinned, then ALL need redemption. I am not exempt and neither are you.

Paul will go on later in this letter to explain that the way to receive redemption by grace through faith in Jesus is as I’ve stated above,

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 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.” (Rom 10:8-13)

Do you have that personal relationship with Jesus? Do you believe in and with your heart that Jehovah raised Jesus from the dead? It’s more than stating, “Jesus come into my life and be the God of my life.” As nice as these words are, they don’t bring redemption to the lost. It takes, first, the believing followed by the confession that Jesus is LORD. The believing brings justification. The confession brings salvation. The beautiful thing is that even though Jehovah looks at us all with the same scrutiny; He also desires for ALL of us to come repentance just as equally. I encourage those in relationship with Jehovah to share this piece with those who aren’t. Those who aren’t in relationship with Jehovah I encourage you to take this moment and follow the two-part action above to be redeemed by grace through faith that comes to us by Jesus the Son of the living God, Jehovah!

Prayer:
Father, you called me to be a missionary to the world among the many other things you assigned me to do. Today, I take the time to extend the offer of entering into relationship with You to those who don’t know You. I thank you from the depths of my soul for sending Jesus to do the impossible, at least impossible for me, the paying of my sin debt. My once sinned-stained blood was never righteous enough to pay the price for my salvation. Only Jesus in his perfection could do so and did! I pray that someone will find and read this piece and sense the need to have their sins forgiven and more importantly that the love You have for them will cause them to want to turn from their wicked ways and come to know You, Father, as I do and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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