In a world where mankind has trouble getting along, God offers a way that all men can truly be equal.
When the world was created (in a literal six days), God formed a perfect world. His idea was to have someone to worship and love Him. Had sin not entered the world, there would have been no prejudice of any kind.
Sadly, sin did enter the world and so man must learn to overcome sin and live together as God has always desired.
When sin occurred man could have been destroyed by God, but in His love and mercy God determined to provide a way for man to be justified once again. The way was by Jesus (Genesis 3:15). Satan would trouble mankind, but Jesus would come to the world and be victorious over Satan. From this time on the Bible tells of the coming of this Savior, telling how Satan tried to stop Christ from coming, but he would not be successful. Jesus would come and die for mankind.
When Jesus came, He came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
The message of the gospel proclaims how Jesus came to earth in the form of man. “ Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” (Phil. 2:5 – 9). This death on the cross was so all could have salvation by obeying God’s will.
After Jesus was crucified on Calvary, He did not remain in the grave. He was resurrected on the third day. Before Jesus ascended back to heaven, He gave a commission to His disciples. They were to take the gospel to all men (Matt. 28:18 – 20).
Here is the way God says all men can be equal. Anyone no matter what nation they may be from can obey the gospel. The word is to be preached so that man can hear and believe. Paul wrote, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When one understands what God has done for them their faith will lead them to proceed with their obedience and they will repent of the things they have been doing or not doing that is contrary to God’s will. Peter told those on the day of Pentecost to repent (Acts 2:38). Then just as the Ethiopian nobleman they will want to confess that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 8:37), and then to be baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38).
Someone might think that this does not prove the gospel is for all nations. This thought can be overcome by studying about Cornelius from Acts chapter ten. Cornelius was a gentile. Jewish people were prejudice against the gentiles. Peter was told to go and teach Cornelius.
Peter was a Jew and was reluctant to do what God said, but he did. “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:34).
This is still true today; all men can obey God and go to heaven.