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God Shows No Favoritism

Christ Shows No Favoritism

God did not create man to be a sinner; neither did God create man to die. Man was created to live forever and have fellowship with God; but, because of his uncontrolled self-will, man chose to go his own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. Because of Adam’s disobedience, he was separated from God, and sin and death entered him. Consequently, now all men are separated from God, sinful, and destined to die. However, God has an app for that!

Romans 3:22-24 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

The app for our sinful, lost condition is justification and redemption through faith in Jesus Christ. Moreover, the good news is that Christ shows no favoritism in granting His righteousness to us, regardless of what we have done or who we are.

Luke 15:1-7 Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." Then Jesus told them this parable: "Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Seeing the vilest of Jewish society coming to Christ, the religious crowd muttered "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." What they meant as an insult in these words is in reality the highest tribute to the Lord and an important message to every one of us who follow Him. Christ’s desires to receive sinful men. Christ shows no favoritism and neither should we who carry His Name. We, too, should desire to receive sinners in His Name.

Isaiah 59:1-2 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Good works will not provide access to God nor acceptance by God. Access to God cannot be attained through ministers, priests, Mary, angels, reformation, church membership, sincerity, good works, or tears.

Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

As we read, when Adam sinned, we became unclean and separated from God. God, who created man, so loves us, He wanted that fellowship restored. God’s mercy said that He wanted to forgive us, but God’s justice said that we could not be forgiven unless a suitable sacrifice, a holy and pure substitute for our death sentence, was found. Therefore, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and He offered Himself as that sacrifice. This means that the sacrifice of Christ as the Holy Lamb of God enabled God to be merciful and just. Because of the obedience of Jesus Christ, God can receive us back to Himself and remain righteous, holy, and just.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.

Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Our only legal right to approach God is found in the atoning work of Christ Jesus, His death on the Cross, His burial, and His Resurrection. Jesus shows no favoritism and desires all men to come to Him.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

1 Timothy 2:1-6 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men-- the testimony given in its proper time.

Christ welcomes all who come to Him with open arms. We find all through His life that He always received sinners, and never rejected anyone.

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

J. Vernon McGee put it this way.  “Jesus loves you. It doesn’t make any difference who you are. You can’t keep Him from loving you. Now you can get into a place where you won’t experience the love of God. When you put up an umbrella of sin, the sunshine of God’s love sure won’t fall on you. But it’s still there for you.”

All that is separating us from experiencing God’s love and Presence is our sin, which we need to lay aside—repent and come to Jesus for cleansing. Though our sins are very great, Jesus will not cast us out. Sometimes we think that we are the greatest sinners who ever lived upon earth. Nevertheless, "His blood cleanses from all sin." Jesus shows no favoritism regardless of our sin. No one was ever saved because his sins were small; no one was ever rejected because of the greatness of his sins. Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds.

When we come to Jesus for forgiveness of our sin, we must come to Him humbly in the manner of coming to the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Christ receives all sinful people who come to Him repentantly, giving up all rights to themselves and their independence. Repentance means a sincere turning away, in both the mind and heart, from self to God through Jesus Christ.

Mark 8:34-38 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

Let me make this clear. You don’t go to Heaven because God loves you, nor because you love Him. You don’t go to Heaven because you amend your sinful ways or clean up your act. Turning over a new leaf is rehabilitation, but it is not salvation. Education is not the answer. Reformation is not the answer. Legislation is not the answer. Jesus is the answer! We go to Heaven because Jesus saves us through His work on the Cross. Don’t be separated from God any longer. Give your sinful life to Jesus at the Cross, bury it in baptism, and be born again of the Spirit of God. That is how you enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

John 3:3-8 In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." "How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ shows no favoritism. Everyone who comes to Him and is baptized will be forgiven and born again of the Spirit of God. Therefore, the Church must be prepared to receive all the sinners Jesus receives.

Samuel Colgate, the founder of the Colgate-Palmolive Co., was a devout Christian, and he told of an incident that took place in the church he attended. During an evangelistic service, an invitation was given at the close of the sermon for all those who wished to turn their lives over to Christ and be forgiven. One of the first persons to walk down the aisle was a well-known prostitute. She knelt in very real repentance, she wept, and she asked God to forgive her. Then she stood and testified that she believed Jesus is her Lord and Savior, and wanted to be baptized and become a member of the church. For a few moments, the silence was deafening. Finally, Samuel Colgate arose and said, "I guess we blundered when we asked the Lord to save sinners. We forgot to specify what kind of sinners. The Holy Spirit has touched this woman and made her truly repentant, but the Lord apparently doesn’t understand that she’s not the type we want Him to rescue.” Immediately, a motion was made and unanimously approved that the woman be baptized and accepted into membership in the congregation.

Jesus shows no favoritism. There’s not a sin too ghastly, not a deed too awful, not a thought too horrible, for Him to forgive. We can come to Him as we are.

However, God does not leave as we are. After salvation, The Holy Spirit gives us grace and power to live changed lives.

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

We cannot expect a person to live as a Christian when they have little or no relationship with Jesus Christ. But we can and should expect people who are Christians to live differently than those who have no relationship with Him.

For instance, two cars are waiting at a stoplight... the light turns green, but the man in front doesn’t notice it. A woman in the car behind him is watching traffic pass by them. She begins pounding on her horn and yelling at the man to move. The man is not paying attention and doesn’t move. The woman is going ballistic inside her car, ranting and raving at the man, pounding on her horn and dash. The light turns yellow. The woman screams curses at the man and gives him the “high sign” with her middle finger. The man, finally looks up, sees the yellow light, and accelerates through the intersection just as the light turns red. The woman is beside herself, screaming in frustration as she misses her chance to get through the intersection. As she is still in mid-rant, she hears a tap on her window and looks up into the barrel of a gun held by a very serious looking policeman. The policeman tells her to shut off her car while keeping both hands in sight. She complies, speechless at what is happening. After she shuts off the engine, the policeman orders her to exit her car with her hands up. She gets out of the car and he orders her to turn and place her hands on her car. She turns, places her hands on the car roof, and quickly is cuffed and hustled into the patrol car. She is too shocked and frightened by the chain of events to ask any questions and is driven to the police station where she is fingerprinted, photographed, searched, booked and placed in a cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approaches the cell and opens the door for her. She is escorted back to the booking desk where the original officer is waiting with her personal effects. He hands her the bag containing her things, and says, "I’m really sorry for this mistake, but you see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping that guy off, and cussing a blue streak at the car in front of you. Then I noticed the "Choose Life", the "What Would Jesus Do?" the "Follow Me to Sunday School" bumper stickers, and the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally I assumed you had stolen the car."

Eph 4:1-2 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Furthermore, Christ commissions those who have come to Him to bring other sinful men to Him. As Christ showed no favoritism when we were lost in sin, neither are we to show any favoritism toward others regardless of their sin, their color, their class, or their status in life. We are not called upon to spread Christianity (i.e religion), but to proclaim the gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone. Jesus will add to His Church daily those who are saved and prepare His Bride for His return.

Mark 16:15-16 He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

When we share Christ, we have no idea how much God will use our words and actions, but our efforts will not be in vain. We leave the results to God. Our mindset, motive, and message should be: "Christ receives sinful men! He shows no favoritism! Come to Jesus! He is the answer!” We are the ambassadors of Christ to this world. Therefore, we should act and speak like Christ. Like Jesus, we cannot show any favoritism. We must show love to everyone we meet.

If you have never given your life to Jesus and received forgiveness of your sins, this message has been for you, too. Jesus shows no favoritism regardless of who you are, what you have done, or how bad you believe your sins are. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Everyone needs salvation through Jesus Christ. Today is your day to receive it.