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  • Writer's picturePastor Tony Pierce



Peter writes…”The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” This is the heart of God concerning the spiritual condition of mankind. The Lord proved this is His heart in sending His one and only Son, Jesus, who died for our sins, and then overcame sin, death, and hell for us through His resurrection. Now if this is the heart of God, what should our hearts be like? Paul tells us in today’s reading that his heart is that God would save Israel. Don’t read this wrong, he is not saying this to the exclusion of all other ethnic groups…for we know Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles. Paul was concerned because Israel had a zeal for their religion, but they did not know God, for they rejected God’s Messiah. This is still true today for so many…they have a zeal for their religion, even today there are those who are killing others in the name of their religion. Sadly, those who do this now, or have done this throughout history, don’t really know God. Paul states that he prays earnestly for the salvation of Israel. Do we pray earnestly for the lost? Do we want our nation to know Jesus? As we have stated there is no such thing as group salvation, it always happens one person at a time. We, like Paul, must make it clear that Jesus is the only way to salvation…our message must be clear, and it must be shared without compromise and unashamedly. Paul tells us the truth that whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord in faith will be saved. But, they cannot call on Jesus if they have never heard of Jesus, and the unadulterated Gospel share with them. They will never hear unless we who genuinely know the Lord share with them. It is God’s call on each one of us to share the Gospel with the whole world. I know that commission seems too big to grasp, so just start in your little corner of the world. If every Christian did that then every corner of the world would hear the Gospel and have the opportunity to respond in faith to Jesus.

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