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Devotionals

September 24

Isaiah 56


Inclusiveness sounds like a great idea when it comes to salvation, but it does not work very well.

The term breeds liberalism and a misunderstanding of what it means to be brought into the family of God. We all love to be part of something, especially when it involves one’s eternal destiny. One of the most popular bumper stickers is the COEXIST theme that seems to be the rave in our society. What the global religious community does not understand is that inclusivism tells a lost person that they can continue to live without Christ here on earth, and in eternity, you are on your own merit.

On the other hand, God does have a spirit of inclusivism because he loves all people and people groups. This spirit was huge part of the big picture of his plan throughout the Old Testament. He does not long to judge, but rather to love and distribute salvation to whom all who believe. Verses 3-8 are a beautiful picture of God’s heart for non-Jewish people, “and all foreigners who convert to the LORD ... I will bring them to My holy mountain ... for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.” God’s entire plan was laid out for the Jews for hundreds of years, but they missed it when Christ came on the scene. He even quoted Isaiah 59:7 when he ran the money changers out of the temple. Even then, they did not see the salvation and kingdom that Christ was ushering into history.

Thank God for your own salvation. How often do you take for granted what God has given you through the Savior? Also, take time to pray for those whom you know are lost in your workplace, your communities, and even your extended family. God desires for all of them, the entire population of planet earth, to turn to him!

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