Never Too Far Gone!: An Open Invitation from a Merciful God

Posted: October 8, 2014 in 99-Uncategorized
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Romans 11:25-36 — Will the Jews who reject Jesus be saved anyway? That seems to be the implication of Paul when you read this passage. It almost seems to say that because God chose Israel as His chosen people that ultimately that fact will save them. Is Paul contradicting himself from his “faith alone” theology that is rampant throughout his writings?

At first, when you read this passage, you think that Paul has pulled a great theological blunder. It is untrue though when you meditate on this passage. It is actually a continuing confirmation of Paul’s theology that it is by faith alone that we come to God. The point of the passage is that even in Israel’s rebellion God still loves them. He has mercy upon them just as He has mercy upon the Gentiles. Paul is saying that Israel will be given ample opportunity to turn to Christ just as He gives the Gentiles. Their rejection of the Messiah does not mean that they and their ancestors are permanently excluded from coming to Christ in the future because God is merciful and patient.

What does this mean for you and me? How do we apply this passage to our daily lives. I think that there are two takeaways from this passage. First, we must not judge those whom we know that are actively rejecting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We are to love them anyway. We are to love the atheist. We are to love the agnostic. We are to love those who know of God but reject Him because they enjoy living their life of sin. We love the person who has never even heard the gospel. God is waiting for them to come to Him. They have as much right to God’s mercy as we do. We too were once rebels against God. It was not until we were humbled before the Lord and saw our need for Jesus that we came into God’s mercy. It is never too late for even the farthest person from God to come the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Thus, we keep witnessing. We keep inviting. We must be patient but persistent with non-believers just as God is. Never write anyone off. No one is too far gone until they die without accepting Christ as their Savior. Only then are they too far gone.

Second, we must be merciful as God is merciful. God is patient with us even as we sin against Him. As the Sovereign all powerful God of the universe, the Creator of all things, why does He not just be done with us rebellious people. We sin. We grieve His heart daily. Why doesn’t he just zap us out of existence. Why doesn’t He just bring on the end of the world. This place is pretty doggone screwed up. We as the human race are screwing it up together at an ever increasing rate. To God, there is no pleasure in executing the justice we deserve. Just as a dad when you tell your child that this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you when you spank them for disobedience, God is grieved to execute our final sentence when we have rejected Him for a lifetime and we have never accepted Christ. God is just but He is also merciful. We must be patient with those who reject us. We must show mercy to those who reject God. That means we love those whose lifestyle is in complete opposition to God’s Word. We are merciful. We love them despite their continuing sin. We share the gospel with them. We give them every opportunity to come to knowledge. We keep witnessing. We are patient as God is patient. We are merciful as God is merciful. God is waiting patiently. We never give up because God never gives up. No one is too far gone. God is waiting. He is like the father of the prodigal son. He stares at the horizon daily. Waiting. When He sees his son on the horizon, He doesn’t just wait til his son gets to the house. He runs out and meets him and celebrates his return. God is waiting. He is patient. He is merciful. Just call on His name. It’s never too late while you are still drawing breath.

Father, help me to remember that I too once rejected you. As a result, I should never feel myself superior to those who are not saved. You were patient with me. You are patient with them. Help me not to judge others for continuing to reject you. You loved me enough to patiently wait for me to turn to you even though I deserved to be judged harshly by you. You love me and have patience and mercy for me through your Son. Help me to see the unsaved with the same mercy that you saw me with before I turned to you. Help me to not exclude anyone from the gospel because of where they are now in their rejection of you. It is never too late for anyone to make the choice to turn to you. There are no people groups that I can automatically exclude from the gospel message. You have mercy for all. Amen.

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