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Believe it or not, there are some people that don’t think salvation is available to all mankind through the sacrifice of Christ. This false teaching is purely based on hate, and so they twist scriptures in order to make the claim that Hebrews somehow switch lineage from Shem to Japheth just by saying so. It doesn’t work like that.
God’s Promise To Abraham
In the Old Testament there are several occasions where God makes unconditional promises to Abraham based on faith alone, and not whether or not he obeyed the law. One of these promises is referenced three time, but the details are vague until they’re put in context in the New Testament.
“And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” – – Genesis 18:17-18
“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” – Genesis 22:18
“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;” – Genesis 26:4
None of these verses tell us exactly how God is going to bless all nations through the seed of Abraham, but what is revealed is that salvation for everyone on earth was the plan even before the events in Sodom and Gomorrah. In fact, if we read the Sodom and Gomorrah story carefully, we’ll see that Abraham successfully negotiated “salvation” from destruction on their behalf. God upheld his promise to Abraham until all of the people in the city came to rape the angels.
In order to put the promise of salvation for all nations on earth into context, we need to look at the New Testament words of Paul.
“And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.” – Galations 3:8
If we read the entire chapter, we see that salvation through faith was always the plan. There are several translational differences from Hebrew to Greek when we see the words “heathen” and “Gentiles”, but that doesn’t change the overall context. Those that claim God never had other nations in his plan of salvation are false teaching.
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The Gentiles Will Seek Christ
In addition to the above referenced plan to offer salvation to all nations through the seed of Abraham, there are also several Old Testament prophecies in the book of Isaiah that say the Gentiles will seek out the Hebrew Messiah for salvation.
“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” – Isaiah 11:10
“And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” – Isaiah 49:6
These prophecies of salvation for all mankind are later confirmed in the New Testament.
“And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.” – Acts 10:45
“And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.” – Acts 11:1
“When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” – Acts 11:18
“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” – Acts 13:47-48
“I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.” – Romans 11:11
“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” Ephesians 3:4-6
As we can see, there was always a plan to save the Gentiles. In Ephesians 3:4-6 Paul tells us that the plan wasn’t made known to mankind in Old Testament times, but was revealed to the prophets in the New Testament times. Those that teach that the promises to the Gentiles are actually only referring to Hebrews that just decided to become Gentiles, are spreading confusion based on their hatred of Europeans.
The belief that God wouldn’t offer salvation to all mankind is also a belief that God only saved 2/3 of Noah’s family for the sole purpose of denying them salvation for all eternity. Kinda messed up to do to a man who was chosen to be saved out of all people on earth… and yet there are people teaching that concept without actually saying it.
Anyone that wants salvation can have salvation. It is a FREE GIFT that is available to anyone that calls upon the name of the Lord and truly repents. If you encounter anyone teaching the false belief that only certain people can come to Christ, you should avoid them. If they’re teaching one false doctrine, they’re likely teaching other false doctrines beside it.