101 Bible Secrets
Bible Secret Number 82 

Does God Always Follow Rules?

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Does God always follow the rules he has established for the salvation of the human race? Could he ever go against his own ritualistic and prophetic plan?

More often than not, he has usually voided his revealed methods when it comes down to spiritual salvation. Note that in the Old Testament the only people who were capable of being saved were Israelites. Paul even said that Gentiles were "strangers" from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). But what did God do soon after Christ’s resurrection? He disallowed Israel by cutting them off (Romans 11:7) – "The casting away of them" (verse 15). Of course, all Israel will finally be saved (Romans 11:26) but God did not bring salvation to them first as a nation as most people would have suspected. And too, when the Gospel was first preached to those other than Israel, the most unlikely person was picked: an Ethiopian who was a eunuch (Acts 8:26-40). This was very unusual because the Ethiopians were, in a racial sense, quite removed from Israel, and the man being a eunuch meant he could have nothing to do with Temple rituals. Then, when Peter first spoke to Gentiles, he was directed to an officer in the Roman military, the most despised of Gentiles to the Jews. These examples show that race, social position, ritual uncleanness, etc. mean nothing to Christ when it comes to the salvation of people. He loves all people equally.

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