“The mystery is that people who have never heard of God and those who have heard of him all their lives stand on the same ground before God. They get the same offer, same help, same promises in Christ Jesus. The Message is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.” Ephesians 3:6 (The Message)
It is interesting that the virus has made everyone in the world equal.
No language barriers. No financial advantages.
Everyone wakes up with the reality that there is a virus in our midst. That it is beyond our control no matter who we are, or where we live.
The consequences of the virus being in our midst are real. We see numbers. We hear stories. Many seem so far away that we gather a sense of immunity. Then the local numbers pop up and we are brought back to the nearness of the danger.
The worldwide equality that the virus has brought is like our status before God. We are all His creations. We are all the same before Him. There are no front-row seats or backseats before God.
Today’s verse mentions an “offer” for everyone worldwide from God.
What is the offer? All sinners are unacceptable to God BUT He did something about our unacceptability.
What did God do? I am quoting “Life Application New Testament Commentary” (page 816): ‘God could only accept sinful people through a sacrifice that would cover their sins. Jesus Christ gave that sacrifice – himself! – through his death on the cross.’
Everyone is given the same offer: God has taken care of our sin problem by having Jesus die in our place. Jesus took the punishment we deserved. We are now acceptable in God’s sight if we will accept/believe what He did for us.
There are no coupons or special days involved. The offer does, however, expire when we expire. We either accept the offer in this life or lose out eternally.