My friend Tom said something scary in church yesterday. He said if you doubt that anyone and everyone has an opportunity to be saved, then you yourself are in trouble. More specifically, he said if you look at any other person and doubt that they have an opportunity to repent and be saved because Jesus died for them, then how can you possibly have assurance that you are saved? It’s an odd way to look at being judgmental. He went on to tell of driving to church yesterday morning and passing a young woman who had been at the church a couple of weeks ago and high on drugs. He said yesterday morning she was making no secret to the passerbys that she was prostituting herself. Tom said that his heart went out to her and he thought to himself, “There is salvation available to her. Jesus died for her.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer put it this way: If my sin appears to me to be in any way smaller or less reprehensible in comparison with the sins of others, then I am not yet recognizing my sin at all.
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 10:13 – “…for everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Romans 10:9 – “…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”