Salvation for All
Posted: Monday, September 25
Verse of the day:
“Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:22)
The plan of God from the beginning was the salvation of all men. He chose to reveal himself first through Adam. Adam’s original task was to be God’s image upon the earth, broadcasting God’s authority and dominion. Adam was to tend and take care of the creation that God had entrusted him with. However, Adam’s sin separated him from the purpose of God.
So God chose Abraham and his offspring to be his image upon the earth. A nation of people would worship God alone and point the rest of the world to this wonderful relationship. God was to be revealed to the rest of the world through Israel. However, because of Israel’s sin, Israel began to look like the world instead of looking like God to the world.
So God chose to send his son, Jesus. Jesus would be the new Adam, the new Israel. He would be the image of God upon the earth and would draw all men unto himself, so that he could show them the intimate relationship that he had with the Father. Through Jesus, by is death and resurrection, God’s plan of salvation has been extended to all. All can know what it means to have their sins forgiven and to have exile ended.
Exile? Yes. Adam was exiled from the garden and God’s presence because of sin. Israel was exiled from the Promised Land and the presence of God in the temple because of sin. Jesus has come to restore our broken relationship and to end our exile. He has brought God’s presence to live inside the new temple of the Holy Spirit. Each of us can open our lives up to this relationship. We can all receive salvation, both Jews and non-Jews (the Bible calls us Gentiles).
God is in the process of redeeming the world unto himself. He is revealing himself daily. If you don’t have a relationship with him, let today be your day of salvation. If you do have a relationship with him, let today be your day of proclamation. Salvation, through Jesus Christ, is available for all, Today.