Acts 26:29 – And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
Let’s keep it simple; shall we? Allow me to come directly to the truth we examine today. God is love! There! That should settle the entire matter. God loves you. If clarity is needed, there it is. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost are all three One, and exist for eternity in total unity. For more clarity, I cite it in this manner; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost IS love, and Father, Son, and Holy Ghost loves you.
Is there a hell? Yes. Will there be a lake of fire? Yes. Does God want any human being to go to either one of those places? No! Despite His desire, will people go to those places? Yes. And they will go there by their own choosing. Those who do go there may scream their objections, declaring with every ounce of their being that it was not their choice. But the simple fact remains, God has made a way for every person to be saved. It is not His will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But many will not repent. And the truth that remains is this. Whoever will not confess Jesus as Lord and believe in their hear that God has raised Jesus from the dead will, at the close of life on this earth, find themselves in hell, and ultimately the lake of fire. And the choice will be their own. God has not designated that some go to heaven and some to hell. Any person’s eternal destiny arises from his/her own choosing.
When Paul spoke to Festus, Agrippa, and Bernice, his heart was fixed and in complete agreement with the heart of Father God. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost wanted them saved. Paul wanted them saved. The word He spoke to them provided a clear entry for any of them to enter into the kingdom of God. While I do not know the ultimate end of the lives of Festus, Agrippa, or Bernice, or Felix, or anyone else who heart the witness of Christ on that day, I do know they were presented a clear choice, that if accepted, would have brought them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
That is the heart of God to every human being. No one is excluded; large or small; rich or poor, male or female, young or old. Ethnicity, financial status, education, social standing, or professional standing makes no difference. God is no respecter of men. But allow me to make one point her. God IS a respecter of faith. It is faith that pleases God.
Manna for Today – Acts 26:12-32; John 3:16-17; Romans 10:6-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 2 Peter 3:9