Memory Text: “Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen” (Romans 16:25–27, NIV).
Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 4:12, Ps. 87:4–6, John 10:16, Rom. 2:12–16, John 14:6, Rom. 1:18.
As we have seen, the Lord uses people to bring the message of the gospel to others. However, throughout the ages, millions have died without knowing the biblical plan of salvation. The fact is that a majority of those who have ever lived have not heard the story of redemption or known about the good news of God’s grace as revealed in Jesus Christ. This leads to two persistent questions.
First, on the day of judgment, how is God going to deal with these billions who have not known Him? Second, is there salvation outside of someone’s knowing the plan of salvation as it is in Jesus? Some would answer that there is salvation in a single Christian denomination only; in contrast, others believe that all religions are equally valid guides to God and eternal life.
In the end, the crucial point to remember is that Jesus has revealed to us the character of God, and this tells us a lot about His love for all humanity and His desire for as many as possible to be saved. God is a God of justice, and however He works it out, the shout will be heard across heaven: “ ‘Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!’ ” (Rev. 15:3, NKJV).
* Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, September 26.
Adventist Sabbath School Lesson for Adults Q3 2015 «Biblical Missionaries» Lesson 13 – Must the Whole World Hear?