The Gospel Is For All

One thing that impresses me more and more every time I go to Ghana is the fact that the gospel is for all. I did a lot of studying in the book of Acts for my teaching on this trip. In the book of Acts alone, we can clearly see the principle of the gospel being for literally everybody. Note the different classes of people to whom the gospel was taken in the early church:

– The Jews (Acts 2:37-47)

– “Both men and women” (Acts 5:14)

– The Samaritans (Acts 8:5ff)

– An African (Ethiopian) office holder (Acts 8:27-39)

– An educated, fanatical, religious leader (Paul – Acts 9:17; 22:1-16)

– A good, decent, God-fearing man who also was a soldier (Acts 10:1-4; 34-48)

– A politician (proconsul – Acts 13:12)

– A businesswoman (Lydia – Acts 16:13-15)

– A heathen jailer (Acts 16:25-34)

– “Prominent” people (Acts 17:12)

– Some people who had prejudged reputations (the Corinthians – Acts 18:7-8; “to be a Corinthian became synonymous with living a licentious life” – Barnes Commentary)

– Religious people mistaken as to the plan of salvation (Acts 19:1-5)

– Folks who practiced occult (Acts 19:18)

– On and on we could go, but you get the idea!

There are no classes excluded in the gospel of God. It is good for the young and the old. There is no barrier between gender, race, or social status (see Gal. 3:28).

Friends, we need to take the gospel to all, for the gospel is for all. As the song so aptly states: “Of one the Lord has made the race, Thro’ one has come the fall; Where sin has gone must go His grace: The Gospel is for all. Say not the heathen are at home, Beyond we have no call; For why should we be blest alone? The Gospel is for all. Received ye freely, freely give, From every land they call; Unless they hear they cannot live: The Gospel is for all.”

– Edd Sterchi

– Edd Sterchi is the minister of the Harrisburg church of Christ in Harrisburg, Illinois.  He may be contacted at sterchi@midwest.net

 

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