God gets quite picky on who he chooses for what and when.
In Exodus 19:5, for instance, he chose Israel “out of all nations” to be his “treasured possession.” And to Israel exclusively, Romans 9:4-5, he gave “adoption as sons, divine glory, covenants, the law, temple worship, promises, patriarchs, and the human ancestry of Christ.” And to the Samaritan woman in John 4:22, Jesus stated the exclusivity of the family of Judah as playing the leading role in salvation.
He also chose Abraham and his descendants, and exclusively Isaac and Jacob, to be the family line that led up to the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:2-16) who would bring about the promised “blessing of all nations.” Tell that to the globalist elites who think they and their “Great Reset” are going to solve the world’s problems. Sorry, God exclusively reserved that job for Jesus.
“Salvation is found in no one else (but Jesus)” too, Acts 4:12, “for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Tell that to those who believe all religions are equally valid as paths to eternal life. Sorry, God exclusively reserved that path for Jesus.
And Jesus wasn’t shy about confirming it either, when he stated openly in John 11:25-26 that “I am the resurrection and the life…and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” And a couple of chapters later when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Tell that to those who believe the founders of their religions are divine. Sorry, only Jesus is.
He’s also the only one “appointed” by God to “judge the world with justice,” Acts 17:31, the proof of which God gave by “raising him from the dead.” Tell that to those who believe they’ve been exclusively appointed to bring about global unity and a new world order. Sorry, only Jesus has been appointed to do that. And, what’s more, he’s only doing it through those who are “chosen by God and precious to him,” 1 Peter 2:4.
But doesn’t all this make God a tad unfair?
No, because in God’s exclusive choice of personnel, from Noah, Abraham, Israel and Jesus, to the ones he’s training on this earth right now to accompany Jesus in setting up heaven on earth, his one great desire in all of it is to bring about a world of total inclusivity, where everyone is valued and respected, and the whole planet flourishes.
Which we’ve never been able to do. Because only he can.
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“Our world today needs the new men that Christ makes. New men are the key to everything else that must be renewed. Therefore the making of new men is the first priority of the kingdom of God! Only by the making of new men can the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth! Our world desires better schools, a better press, better government, a better business world, a better economy, better living conditions, better health, better institutions, better communities. At every point we are driven to the need for new men—a NEW CREATION! Through two world wars men dreamed and talked of the coming of a better world when nations would lay down their arms and begin to build that better world. More than half a century has gone by since the last World War and it is not only the same old world, it is a much worse world. Old Adam can never build a better world! Getting rid of communism and terrorism is no sign of a new world. That is but the militarism and politics of natural men. We cannot build a new world out of men with old dispositions, old attitudes, old hearts, and old natures. The new world for which all creation groans and travails can only be fulfilled by new men with renewed minds, new hearts, and a new spirit!”
(Preston Eby, https://www.kingdombiblestudies.org/Revelation/rev23.htm)
I couldn’t have said it better…..