Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
God shows no partiality. Here's one of those biblical statements, from Acts 10:34, that illustrates why I don't have a bumper sticker on my car. How do we take that idea of no partiality? Does it mean that anything goes? Not at all. The passage goes on to say that God's salvation is for every nation.
Despite salvation being available for all nations, verse 35 specifices that it is related to fearing God and doing right. And as the passage continues, fearing God is identified with recognizing Jesus as the one who rescues people from sin through his death and resurrection.
God shows no partiality. Everyone is welcome to be part of his kingdom, but it is a very specific kingdom. We don't get to make up the rules of how to come to God. We don't get to make up the rules of how one lives a godly life. This is completely impartial, at the discretion of God. But his rules never change.
God in Christ has opened the gates of life. All who believe him may enter and live in God's kingdom. He calls us to enter and walk by faith. In verse 43 we read that "everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name" (ESV).
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