“Salvation is of the Jews”
In His address to the Samaritan Woman Jesus said, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). By these words, Jesus meant that the Lord had chosen the Jews to be His witnesses to the nations of world and to be the protectors of His truth (Romans 3:1, 2; 9:3–5). Jesus explained the superiority of the Jewish religion and that the Messiah would be a Jew (Romans 9:4, 5). It was the Jews mission to carry God’s light to the world.
God’s Love to All People
The most central theme of the Bible is that Jehovah is God of all the people of the earth (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Kings 19:15; Isaiah 44:6; 1 Corinthians 8:4–6; 1 Timothy 2:4–6). For the Creator “made of one blood all nations of men” (Acts 17:26). And in Him we all “live, and move, and have our being” (verse 28).
This same and only God offers salvation to all men everywhere without “respect of persons” on the basis of their faith. For with God, there is no partiality (Romans 2:11). Freedom from bias is part of God’s nature as the righteous Judge (Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Job 34:19).
Thus, salvation is given to Gentiles and Jews alike on exactly the same grounds. God gave His Son because He loved “the world” (John 3:16) not the Jews only. He would have “all men to be saved” (1 Timothy 2:4). And the Lord invites all of His children saying, “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22).
The idea of the all-embracing love of God was not fully accepted by the Jewish leaders of the early Christian church. So, the Lord had to give special instruction regarding their relationship to the gentiles. Therefore, through a vision to Peter, He explained that He extends His love and salvation to all people regardless of their race (Acts 10-11).
And in turn, Peter explained to the Jewish Christians what the Lord taught him saying, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean… Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:28, 34-35 also 11:1–3, 17, 18; 15:1, 8–11).
Salvation benefits only those who accept it
Although God’s love enfolds all humanity, it directly benefits only those who accept it by faith. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). Thus, the decisive aspect lies with people themselves— “as many” as receive and believe are given the adoption. Love necessitates interchange in order to be fully effective.
God’s love embraces those who reject it as well as those who accept it. But He can’t force anyone against his will. For this reason, none of the lost can at the day of judgment charge God of not caring or reaching out for them. Consequently, “they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20) for rejecting the redemption that God has given them so freely.
In His service,