EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIVITY

“And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.” Acts 2:5, NKJV

These were in Jerusalem for the Passover feast. They were Jews, but they represented people groups from everywhere in the known world. The most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. It says that God loves the world. The Greek word, κοσμος, means all those who are separated from God in this world system. God loves everybody. We know from scripture that people from every tribe, tongue and language will be around the heavenly throne in the presence of God for all eternity. (Revelation 5:9-10)

In Acts 2:7-11, Luke describes who they were in greater detail:

“Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”” (Acts 2:7–11, NKJV)

The Greek word, μεγαλεια, means, “great works.” In the New Testament it almost always refers to The Gospel — salvation through the cross. It is a message that is inclusive and exclusive at the same time. When it is believed a person is included in the family of God. When it is rejected, the person is excluded from the same.

The exclusive nature of the message is inclusive, but the heart is pulsed or repulsed by the receptivity of the news. A person willing to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior must give up the notion of self-righteousness and submit to His goodness. Sin is deceptive. It fools us into thinking that it is good for us, when it is really killing us. It is akin to a suicide bomber, holding on to the vest filled with explosives, thinking that it brings life, when, in fact, it only brings death.

Christ is not exclusive to the exclusion of certain types of people. Paul said,

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, NKJV)

In Christ is there is no difference. In Christ. There are only people who are surrendered to Him, or people who are not. Are you eluding exclusivity or ready to be included?

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