August 12th, 2018
Wise Words from a Devout Jew
Acts 10:34-35 (KJB) Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Peter opened his mouth and boldly revealed thoughts that had been at work in his heart.
Peter a devout Jew, had certainly been raised from his youth with a picture of his nation being “the chosen nation” of God. A nation who is and was highly favored by God. Often a Jew saw himself perched on a pedestal and people of all other nations were found to be lodged somewhere beneath his or her special spiritual stature and beliefs.
This favoring from God certainly meant that the Jews were a people of His own race. They were divinely set apart unto Him, however, it does not mean that the Jewish people are automatically included in a personal relationship with Him. It does not mean that they are to be seen or heard as one who has been placed upon a special spiritual shelf by God, like a trophy not personally earned but received just for being included as part of a team.
However, the truth is that a Jewish person, just like any other person, obtains a personal relationship with God by accepting His gift of eternal life through faith. There is no alternate route, shortcut, or alley offered to any one person in possessing a personal relationship with God.
God had been working on the condition of Peter’s heart, of thoughts instilled from his youth, revealing that God did not have respect to any person, including with concern to their nationality. Though the Jewish nation was his own chosen people and had favor, God certainly opened the door of salvation to include any and every soul, whether it be a Jew or Gentile. Peter had been divinely “put in his place” and understood God had no greater respect for him above that of any other person for there is no merit in him or his own works.
Yes, it is true that any person can look to God in faith and desire to produce righteous works.
God desires a personal relationship with all mankind (1 Timothy 2:4). It is evil at work in the flesh who chooses to divide mankind according to race and color.
God accepts any man, woman, or child who genuinely desires to have a personal relationship with Him without regard to the color of their skin, their upbringing, or their nationality or race. God does not define who can come unto Him for there are no restrictions in personally knowing God other than having a spiritual change of heart and a desire to know and identify with Him.