Those Who Have Not Heard

August 27, 2008

“…since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” – Romans 1:19-20

God makes it clear that everybody has to answer to Him whether they’ve heard about Christ or not. As Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” Have you ever thought that it just doesn’t seem fair that those who have never heard the word will be judged the same way as those who have rejected His message?

There are some key things we must keep in mind. One, God is fair and just. He is going to do the right thing. Secondly, this is why the church has been given the Great Commission and called to take the gospel to the entire world. This command should give us a passion for the missionary endeavor to get out the good news. It should motivate us to spread the word personally as well as support those who make missionary work their full-time calling.

But what if we don’t succeed in this and a person never has the opportunity to hear about Christ? We know the only way this unreached person will receive salvation is through what Christ has done on the cross. But every person will eventually have to answer to God. How God deals with all of that is something we must simply leave in His hands.