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Choose This, Not That

The Bible Reading Club: Choose This, Not That – Judgment in every nation on earth (Jeremiah 25:33)

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 24-27

Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 25:33

“And those pierced by the LORD on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other.  They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.”

It should be understood that the salvation God has brought to mankind in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ is available to all the peoples of the world.

Revelation 7:9-10 – 9) After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10) and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

It must also be understood that on the day of the Lord, God’s judgment will touch all the peoples of the world.

There are religious traditions—national, ethnic, racial, etc.—that believe that their peoples will all be saved, by virtue of belonging to that particular tradition.  But this text in Jeremiah challenges that belief.  Those pierced by the Lord will extend from one end of the earth to the other.

What we should take away from this is two things:

1) The racial or ethnic group you belong to, the country you’re a citizen of or the church you’re a member of can’t prevent you from being saved.  If you choose to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour He accepts you into His kingdom.  It doesn’t matter where you come from or what your background is.

Acts 10:34-36 – 34) So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, 35) but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him”.

2) The racial or ethnic group you belong to, the country you’re a citizen of or the church you’re a member of can’t secure your salvation.  Each person has a responsibility to be sure of their standing with God (2 Peter 1:3-10) and to carefully work out their own salvation as they walk with Him (Philippians 2:12).  No one else can do these things for you.

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