God Saves Gentiles, Too!

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In today’s Bible reading in Acts 10, we read about the visions of Peter and Cornelius. Already, we have seen salvation come to the Jewish People (Acts 2) and the Samaritans (Acts 8). When God saves Cornelius and his family, Salvation has been extended to the Gentiles. God has shown Himself to be a sovereign Lord Who cares, not just for the Jewish People, but for all people groups.

The Old Testament tells us about the birth of the Jewish People through their ancestor, Abraham. God declared Abraham righteous because of his belief. (Genesis 15:6) God said that all families of the earth would be blessed by Abraham. (Genesis 12:3)

Later, when Paul expounded on Abraham’s experience with God, he said,

Galatians 3:6–9 (CSB)
6just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?
7You know, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham’s sons.
8Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and proclaimed the gospel ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed through you.
9Consequently those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith.

And he adds in Ephesians 3:1–13

1For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—
2you have heard, haven’t you, about the administration of God’s grace that he gave to me for you?
3The mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have briefly written above.
4By reading this you are able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.
5This was not made known to people in other generations as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
6The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and partners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
7I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power.
8This grace was given to me—the least of all the saints—to proclaim to the Gentiles the incalculable riches of Christ,
9and to shed light for all about the administration of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things.
10This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.
11This is according to his eternal purpose accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12In him we have boldness and confident access through faith in him.
13So then I ask you not to be discouraged over my afflictions on your behalf, for they are your glory.

When salvation came to Cornelius and his family, the mystery hidden for ages and generations has now revealed to his saints. (Colossians 1:25-26)


Note that Peter was initially opposed to going into a Gentile’s home. This is due to generations of prejudice passed down to him. How difficult it must have been to do what had been so repulsive to him for all of his life.

Are you content to do your missions by proxy? By that, I mean, are you content to give financial and prayer support to others so they can do the work (so you don’t have to)?

God calls all of his kids to reach out to others, crossing cultural, racial, and other barriers in order to take the Gospel message to even more people.