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Salvation has Come to the Gentiles

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness." Acts 14:16-17

God created us to be His family. The very first human was called the "son of God." The first man and woman knew the Lord well and would meet Him in the Garden for fellowship regularly. I can only imagine what it must have been like to anticipate hearing the footsteps of the Lord and running to meet Him in the cool of the day. What did they do together? What did they talk about? Did they laugh and have fun? Were there games that they played with the Lord? Certainly they had a hunger for knowledge and we see that the Lord was teaching them.

Man was created and designed for divine fellowship with God and had it in the beginning. But sadly that all changed when they chose to disobey God, go their own way and fell from Godís grace. Because of the stain of sin there was now a barrier between God and man.

For hundreds of years few sought fellowship with God. We see that Noah was righteous before the Lord and that Enoch walked faithfully before Him, but they are exceptions to the rule. Man was separated from his Creator but He could always still be found by those who diligently sought Him.

 

Abraham was one man that so impressed God that He made a special Covenant with him and his descendants. Abrahamís great grandsons became known as the children of Israel whom God claimed as His own possession.

 Of all the physical nations on the earth, Israel alone had fellowship with God. God even commanded a Tabernacle to be built that His Presence might dwell among them. He gave them Laws, Commandments and Statutes to live by and promised to protect them always if they walked in obedience. This was great for the Israelites, but what about the rest of humanity that had fallen from grace?

Our text says that for many generations God permitted all the nations to go their own ways. They were without personal guidance from their Creator. But in Abraham this was destined to change. For the blessings of Abraham were to fall on the natural seed and also the spiritual seed. The Israelites were the natural seed of Abraham, but the Gentiles could become his offspring by being born of the Holy Spirit.

 In fact, to be a true heir of the eternal promises made to the great Patriarch all had to be born of the Spirit whether they were Jew or Gentile, - "It is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Gospel beforehand to Abraham saying, ĎAll the nations will be blessed in you.í" - "There is neither Jew nor Greek. . .for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahamís descendants, heirs according to promise." (Gal.3)

 

 

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