WHAT HAPPENS TO PERSONS WHO
NEVER HEAR THE NAME JESUS CHRIST?
JESUS CHRIST is living proof that God loves you AND the whole
world. Jesus, Himself said, "God so loved the WORLD He gave
His only begotten Son..."
Why did God do that? Two quick answers are deserved.
One, God is love (I John 4:8). The very nature of love is to give. He
being the personification of love fulfilled His nature and gave.
Second, He had to give because there was no other way to have a
restored relationship with us. "The wages of sin is death, but the
gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ" (Romans 6:23).
The expression "wages of sin" refers to the big pay off made by sin.
In today's carnal world market the wages of sin can be quite high
but there are no benefits and retirement is pure hell.
Likewise, the "free gift of God" means the free gift given us by God.
It is without cost to us but it costs Christ dearly.
Both "death" and the "gift" are earned.
Death is earned by the sinner. The gift is earned for the sinner.
The person who in faith trusts Christ receives the most for the
least. Such a person receives everlasting life for nothing.
"Everlasting life" means fellowship with God through Jesus Christ
through all eternity.
On one recent Sunday I was asked by three unrelated persons
about what happens to the person who never hears the name of
Jesus Christ. That is a legitimate question. Often as in these cases
the question is posed hoping for a simple one sentence answer.
There is an answer but it is neither one sentence or simple.
We have so much and know so much; but how about others in far
away places like Zaire, Sri Lanka, and Guyana? What happens to
those who never know the name of Jesus: the Hottentot, Inue, and
Lapplander? What about those of previous generations who never
heard the gospel?
There has always been and there is more evangelism than the
world recognizes and reports. For example, after Christ's
resurrection, a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit happened at the
celebration of a feast called Pentecost. Acts 2: 5 - 1 lists the
languages of 18 different languages spoken there. Years before
Alexander the Great laid siege to Jerusalem. The priest came out
of the city to greet him with the Book of Daniel and convinced him
Daniel wrote of him. Thereafter he carried a large contingency of
Jews with him in his world conquest. They were scattered over
most of the known world. They learned the languages of their
adopted countries but returned to the land of their ancestors to
celebrate Pentecost. Many of these were saved when they heard of
the resurrection of Christ. Extra-Biblical sources tell of a great wave
of evangelism that swept the world in the first century as these
people carried the gospel back to their adopted lands.
A letter from Pleny the Elder to Emperor Trajan referred to the
large number of ...
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