The Expository Files



No Partiality With God


     Because of the apostle Peter’s background, he did not at one time in his life, think much of people with other backgrounds; those from other nations than his own. It took him a long time to overcome that prejudice, but he did. He said, upon becoming convinced that God loves people of all nations, the following: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcomed to Him.” (Acts 10:34-35).

I suppose we could say that Jesus is an equal opportunity Savior. He poured out His blood for all. On the basis of living faith anyone may come to Him and expect loving consideration. Out of many different backgrounds Jesus intends to mold one body (Gal. 3:26-29). If we are to be pleasing to our Lord, then we must likewise share His nature and values.

Sometimes, as Peter discovered, old prejudices die hard, but die they must. We must not only understand the equality of all based on the value of each human soul, but we must actively apply that truth to our lives as we deal with others. Only then will we understand the true meaning of the old prophecy of the wolf laying down with the lamb. We dare not despise one for whom Christ has died, and now risen, invites to come to Him.

By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 21.2;  February 2014