Every Kindred, Tongue, People and Nation

August 5, 2022

Every Kindred, Tongue, People and Nation

Revelation 5:9-10

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

               There is gathering around God’s throne a holy nation, a royal priesthood and people for His own possession.  They are not going to consist of only Jewish in race, or Protestant in faith, or of only Gentile or only Israel.  They are going to be of the diversity of the earth.  The one thing they will have in common is that the blood of the Lamb will have redeemed them all. 

               A brother and I were discussing the other day how the outward appearance of a human being is based on a very small percentage of their DNA. Yet, mankind seems to make about ninety percent of their judgements about others based on the outward appearance such as looks, color, race, nationality and geographical location.  Thank God, that He does not judge us by such criteria for we are all His workmanship.  Even though God chose out the Jewish race to perpetuate His name and be the vehicle for the Messiah, the vast majority ended up rejecting their own Savior and salvation.  In fact, in Act 13:46 Paul and Barnabas speak this to a Jewish assembly, “Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.”  God has His ways of opening salvation to every man, woman and child that through the blood of the Lamb they might be redeemed unto Him.  Indeed, God is a God of diversity, but He is not a God of embracing every sin and perversity of man.  We don’t come into the presence of the Lord on our terms, philosophies, thinking or will.  We are reconciled to the Lord on His terms and only by the blood of the Lamb, which we appropriate through faith in Christ Jesus.  Salvation is not on our terms, but on God’s terms.   We, as a people, often get backward in our thinking and somehow think that the clay should shape the potter rather than the potter shaping the clay.  The creation doesn’t get to tell the Creator how to make the rules and what is acceptable and what is not.  If we are God’s people, we play by His rules and do it His way, but He loves us all the same and is not a respecter of persons.  Indeed, the people of God that will be His kings and priest and rule the earth will be a diversity of people, races, tribes, tongues and nations, but they will have a singleness of heart and purpose.  All that they do will be to please, honor and obey the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

               If racism or prejudice of any kind possesses our heart based on the outward appearance then we have a spirit that is not of God.  1 John 1: 5-7 tells us, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”  Again, we are exhorted about our attitudes towards others both in the natural and in the Spirit in 1 John 2:9-11, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”  For us to walk in the fullness of the love of Christ and His salvation, then hatred, offense, unforgiveness, prejudice, respecter of persons; all of these must be put under the blood and washed from our hearts.  If we are to walk in the light as He is in the light, then it must be the Love of Christ that reigns within our hearts.  Are we willing to embrace the diversity of God’s family and walk in His love toward all men? 

Blessings,

#kent

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