About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Babel Through The Cross
In a previous article
entitled Undoing Babel I
We should know that God
relates to humanity as individuals and as nations.
Nations may be undoing God's decision to create various ethnic
peoples on national levels through their political and cultural
decisions, but Jesus is undoing our ethnic differences one individual at
Jesus died on the cross
for individuals, not for nations. Although
His disciples hoped that He'd deal with nations in their lifetime, that
wasn't in God's plans. The
fate of nations is left to the end of this age.
During this present age, known as the age of grace, God's grace
is being offered to every individual of every ethnicity, through the
Lord Jesus Christ. His wrath
is reserved for the nations during the last seven years of this age.
Until then, Jesus has commanded His disciples to go into the
entire world and teach every person in every nation to obey all He has
When an individual, no
matter his ethnicity, embraces God's grace by giving himself to Jesus
and receiving the Holy Spirit into his life, he is joined in Spirit to
God and to others in the Body of Christ.
The apostle Paul made it clear that when it comes to salvation
and functioning in Christ's body, there is no distinction between Jews
and Gentiles (Galatians 3:28). The
distinction is seen in our individual ministries within His body.
It's not seen in the colour of our skin or the language we speak
(1 Corinthians 12). The wall
that once separated ethnic peoples in regards to salvation and the Body
of Christ was torn down at the cross (Ephesians 2:14).
Despite what we may hope, God has no favourites (Romans 2:11).
We are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28).
Because of their
association with Jesus, first century Christians were persecuted and
driven throughout the known world. While
being scattered across the land they preached the gospel to everyone.
Ever since, Christian missionaries have gone to the uttermost
parts of the earth calling every person to the grace of God.
The Biblical fact is that
the cross of Christ is undoing