07 December 2008

Hope for All Nations

The stories of Peter's visit to Cornelius in Acts 10:1-35 and the Incarnation speak true hope to all nations and to all individuals.

1) God is not partial (Acts 10:34-35) in his offer of hope and none of us is "uncleanable."

2) If God can extend hope to me as a sinner, hopelessly unclean and incapable of cleaning myself, how much more (hope, grace, life, peace and love) can be extended to me as His child (Romans 5:10)?

3) God is faithful to His promises (2 Cor. 12:9, Hebrews 13:5, 1 John 3:16, 2 Timothy 2:13) even when His people forget them (Acts 3:25, Acts 10:28-29).  Though I forget his promise of grace, fellowship and love - He remains faithful (Hebrews 10:23).

4) God does the work of making people clean (Acts 10:15) - the work that is impossible on my own (Galatians 2:16, Galatians 2:21, Philippians 1:11).

The only thing that makes this hope available is the tangible intervention of God in history through the life of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross.  There is hope for all nations because Jesus is for all nations.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the DQ's. We had a wonderful discussion this afternoon. This study of Acts has been a blessing to all in the group. Living in the light of true hope brings incomparable joy.