Included! Accepted! Worthy in Christ Jesus!

People feel inferior for all kinds of reasons… Their background, their heritage, their family, their vocation, their education or lack of it, their lack of money or possessions, even their nationality or color of their skin… 

One word from the viewpoint of “the gospel” and true Christianity can be used to describe this tragedy… “Nonsense!”  God sent His Son, Jesus, to offer Himself to save anyone in “the world” who would put his or her trust in Him! (John 3:16)  The “mystery” of the gospel is that “’the Gentiles’ (even the phrase in Greek is inclusive… it means “those from all nations”) are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel!” (Ephesians 3:6).  Add to that God’s declared redemptive desire… “The Lord is … not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3.9)  To finish out the picture, the book of Revelation reveals a final redemptive scene in which all off heaven is gathered before the Divine throne singing this song to the “Lamb, who was slain” … “Worthy are you… for You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a king and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth!” (Revelation 5.9-10)

All of that to say, It doesn’t matter the reason why you may feel unworthy or inferior… God sent His Son to make you worthy and provide your sense of adequacy “in Christ”… As a result of this, when I read this prophetic word in the Bible today (in the Old Testament yet!) I rejoiced!

“Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely separate me from His people’; and let not the eunuch say, ‘Behold, I am a dry tree.’ … I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.  And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be His servants, … these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples!  The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts declares, ‘I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.’” (Isaiah 56:3–8 ESV)

 Don’t know about you, but I’m grateful for this prophetic promise fulfilled in Christ Jesus!  I’m a gentile after all and my heritage is from a nation that viciously persecuted God’s chosen people … my family didn’t have much money or prestige … yet the Lord included me!  And He included you too… doesn’t matter your background, your past or your present… In Christ Jesus you are accepted!  He makes you worthy!

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