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God's kindness is for people from every nation

Romans 10:12

Clearly, there are many differences between the Jews (Godís people from the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), and the people from other nations. Paul gave a list of differences between them in Romans 9:4-5. However, in this important matter, there is no difference. The God of the Jews (in other words, the God of Israel) is the God of the whole world (Isaiah 45:3-6). He cares deeply about the people in every nation (Jonah 4:11). He very much desires to show kindness to people everywhere. So, people from every nation can put their trust in God, and God will accept them. He will forgive their evil deeds; he will give them a right relationship with himself (Acts 10:34-35). In every nation, people need only to turn from their evil deeds and to invite God into their lives (John 1:12).

That is why the gospel (Godís good news) is a message for the whole world (John 3:16; Matthew 28:19; Romans 1:16). Christ did not just die for the people from one nation. He died for the people from every nation (5:12-19). That includes both Jews and people who are not Jews (1:16). From many nations, God is making one new holy nation of people who truly know and love God (Ephesians 2:11-20; 1 Peter 2:9-10).

God is such a generous giver. However, he will not save (rescue) everyone. He works in the lives of those people who Ďcall upon himí. In other words, they do not proudly try to depend upon themselves, but humbly they invite him into their lives. They believe him, and so they put their trust in him. It is those people who become the people of God. God has the most wonderful plans for their future with him (Romans 8:18-19; 1 Corinthians 2:9).

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