GOD IS NOT A RESPECTER OF PERSONS . . . The inclusive side

Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” (Reference: Acts 10:34-35 )

Peter, for all his faults and flaws, was a good Jew. So when God tried to show Peter earlier in this chapter that nothing God has made can or should be rejected, he was slow to pick up on this. In fact it took three times, and then the testimony of Cornelius before Peter “got it”.

One of the historic Anabaptists, Leonhard Schiemer by name, had an interesting application for this passage. He wrote against the Lutheran theological believer of predestination – let me say that Lutherans are not the only ones whose theological history contains predestination, but simply the one Schiemer wrote about. He said, “From all of this I conclude that God enlightens every person that comes into the world. Those who will not receive this light but extinguish it cannot charge God for their condemnation. It is a Lutheran habit to blaspheme and revile God when they say: “I do not have the grace. I would gladly do what is right, but God is to blame because he withdraws his grace and then condemns me afterward etc.” Thus they make the whole Scripture into a liar as though God is a respecter of persons, is more concerned about the one than with the other, giving one grace out of special goodwill but not to another. That is contrary to Scripture. Peter says: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” (Acts 10:34-35).”

God gives everyone a chance to embrace grace but some refuse and reject it for their own reason. And God keeps this offer open for all time in this world. God does not look at past sins anymore than the Lord looks at virtues the world prizes. God is only after one thing – bringing all of creation into harmony and relationship with the Divine. Selah!

P.S. Beloved, something went awry with the scheduling of this post. It was meant for the 18th but showed up early. I only noticed it because someone “liked” it. I re-set the schedule and here it is again, on the proper day.

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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