God of All Places and All Races
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
In these three verses Paul again emphasized the main doctrine of the Bible, justification by faith. Paul repeated this theme often. Knowing it would be a hard doctrine for people to accept, he kept repeating himself. Thank God that he came down to the level of our stupidity (Lloyd-Jones).
Romans 329 Is he the God of the Jews only Is he not also of the Gentiles
Yes, of the Gentiles also
There is only one God, the God of all races and places. Loving people in every clime all the time, He treats everyone the same whatever their name. Robert Moffat was a missionary to Africa for 54 years (1816 to 1870). One of his daughters married David Livingstone. One of Moffats most memorable events occurred at the outset of his African ministry. On his first journey into the interior, he found lodging in the home of a white settler. The host asked Moffat to speak from the Word of God. The missionary readily agreed. Soon all the family headed out to the big barn.
Locals could be seen everywhere on the plantation. Assuming they would be attending the service, Moffat delayed beginning, awaiting their arrival. The host eventually asked, What are you waiting for Why dont you begin
Moffat replied, May not your servants come, too
The master flew into a rage and screamed, Servants Are you mad to think of preaching to them Go to the mountains and preach to the baboons or, if you like, Ill fetch my dogs, and you may preach to them
Young Moffat was overwhelmed. Finding it too much for his tender spirit to bear, tears began rolling down his face. The scene embarrassed everyone present.
Finally, the master relented. The barn quickly filled with natives eagerly waiting to hear from this stranger who cared for them. This was the first sermon Dr. Moffat preached to African natives. He never forgot this evening. Moffatt knew there is only one God, and He loves all equally.
Romans 330 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by
faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Since God loves everyone equally, He treats us all equally. Jesus has provided a salvation that is accessible to all. Everyone has equal footing when it comes to salvation. Faith is the only way.
Salvation stands on its own foundation, separate from sects or nations. One does not have to be a Baptist, an American, rich, or good before receiving salvation. No individual has an unfair advantage over anyone else.
Everyone has to come the same way. The fact there is only one way of salvation makes it possible for us to make a universal offer. The message can be taken to anyone anywhere. It can be proclaimed to every human being on earth.
Realize, however, it is the offer of salvation that is universal, not the salvation experience itself. Not everyone is saved. Many want us to be inclusive to the extreme. They want us to accept as legitimate the religious beliefs of everyone, to say Christians, Buddhists, Mormons, Hindus, members of Judaism, and Muslims all worship the same God.
Some view God as sitting on a summit with all the various world religions approaching Him from different slopes. The prevailing mood is, We are coming on different paths from opposite directions, but headed to the same place. Lets stop criticizing one another. No one is all right no one is all wrong. This fairly well summarizes the contemporary attitude.
The main problem with this thinking is it denies what the Scriptures teach. It completely renounces the Christian message, which teaches there is only one God, and one way to Him–through His Son Jesus.
There are not many ways to reach Heaven. There is only one. Each person, whether Jew or Gentile, must come to Christ before ever coming to the Father. Until Jesus is received by faith, a sinner is lost.
If through hyper-sentimentality we try to accommodate all religions and by-pass Calvary, we deny the greatest manifestation Gods love. To say a person can go to God apart from Christ is tantamount to trampling under foot the blood of Jesus.
If we truly love people, we will tell them about the blood. It is their only hope for salvation. Some try to equate this type of preaching with anti-semitism and repressivism. Untrue Baptists have ever been among the strongest advocates of liberty for all, and the equality of people before the law.
We make no national or ethnic distinctions in our teachings. All people are sinners in need of a Savior. Our message applies equally to Gentiles as well as Jews, whites as well as blacks, Baptists as well as Catholics, Americans as well as Russians. There is only one way God made us equal in this regard.
Romans 331 Do we then make void the law through faith
God forbid yea, we establish the law.
Salvation is by faith, but do not discard the Law. Justification by faith contradicts nothing in the Law, but rather establishes it, returning it to its proper function.
Those who place their confidence in Law for salvation distort the Laws real purpose. God never intended it to be used that way. It is not the means of salvation, but what proves the need for salvation. When viewed as the instrument through which God reveals to men their sinfulness, Law is returned to its proper function.
The Law diagnoses sin as our illness. Justification by faith is the prescribed cure. Law and faith belong together. They are wedded together. Their union is well illustrated in four ways
1. Law, when broken, requires penalty. It must be satisfied in some way. Its demands must be met by the sinner or a substitute. Justification by faith answers this requirement. The sinner is covered by the death of a Substitute. Jesus took on Himself the punishment for our sin as demanded by the Law.
2.Law requires perfection in the Substitute. Justification by faith satisfies this need by offering Jesus as the sinners substitute. Christ obeyed the Law explicitly. He lived entirely free from sin. Only He could dare ask, Which of you convinceth Me of sin Only He could honestly say, the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in Me (JN 846 and JN 1430).
3.Law requires blood from the Substitute. Almost all things are by the law purged with blood and without shedding of blood is no remission (HB 922). Justification by faith meets this demand adequately. The blood of graces Substitute was not that of goats, sheep, or even of men, but rather of God.
4.Law requires holiness. Justification by faith even helps establish law here. Justification by faith is not unfavorable to the cause of morality. It actually tends to strengthen and promote it by exalting its motives. Grace helps us to want to obey. Law becomes an aid to our desire to please God.
Justification by faith will make a person want to be good because of love for God. A mark of spiritual maturity is realized when we think of sin more as breaking Gods heart than as breaking Gods law.
Sin hurts God. This makes it doubly terrible. We have no right to bring agony to God. He has redeemed us, set us free, and given us life. It should be our desire, yea even our delight, to live every moment for Him.