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The Door Is Open To All

By Don Loftis | 11.05.14

We normally associate Gentile evangelism with the apostle Paul.  Indeed, he was responsible for taking the Gospel to many places outside of Palestine, but Peter was the first to bridge the ethnic barrier within the church.  It took a vision and some divinely directed guests to get Peter to visit Cornelius and to share the good news of Jesus with the Gentile centurion and his eager family.

 

Peter’s new understanding is well summarized in his words of Acts 10:34-35, “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.”  The Lord is not prejudiced by race, gender, age, social status, or ancestral lineage.  However, there are two things that God requires of all who would come to Him.

 

First, there must be fear.  This is not a “phobic” fear but a genuine respect leading to honor and worship.  This implies submitting one’s heart to God.  Secondly, responders to God must do those things that are right.  In some cases this requires repentance, a definitive change in thought, word, or deed.  In other cases it is evidenced by a greater motivation to do those things that we know should be done.

 

God invites all people to respond to His offer of eternal life. That includes you and me and everyone in our families and our communities.  The door is open, let’s respond by giving Him our hearts and our obedience.

 


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