One of the most important things that God commanded of us as Christians is to evangelize, that is to spread the Gospel to all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). The Gospel is Good News, indeed the word “gospel” translated in Greek means “good news”. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simply that He came to save sinners. He paid the price for our sins so that we can be forgiven, made holy and given eternal life – all because God chose to – because of His love for us.
That said, not everyone will be granted these free gifts. In reformed theology, it is believed that God knows for eternity who will be saved and who will not; which makes sense as He is omnipotent and omniscient – why wouldn’t He know? However, we as mortal Christians, no matter how mature we are in our faith, can never know for sure who will or will not be saved. We must ourselves carry on as if we are saved and our assurance will strengthen as we advance in our walk with Christ. We must also never assume we know that an individual cannot be saved, no matter how dark their circumstances are or how evil they appear to be. God will save who He chooses for His own reasons. Our job is to love them (even if tough love is necessary), encourage them and to speak and live God’s word – God will do the rest – but we should never assume anyone is beyond salvation.
The Bible is full of redemption stories; we need only to remember the Apostle Paul, who once persecuted and killed Christians, only to be hand-picked by Jesus to spread His Gospel to the gentiles.
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