Summary: The good news is that everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved as well as not disappointed.
Anyone & Everyone
INTRO: We have all been a part of misunderstandings. Either we didn’t understand a situation or someone misunderstood us. I remember a few weeks ago my wife and I had a “misunderstanding” about both of our driving habits. My wife seems to enjoy driving very close to the car in front of us. We were driving through San Antonio (she was driving and I was in the passenger seat) and the whole time I was pushing the invisible brake. I was sweating bullets! She was getting so very close to the car in front of us. So, when I finally brought that up for a “discussion” she proceeded to tell me what she “misunderstood” about my driving habits. For instance she tells me that I will turn on the blinker and let it blink for 3 minutes before I will ever change lanes. And when I do I sort of straddle the line for awhile. So we had this heated “discussion” the rest of the way home. I was seeking to try and help her understand why I drive like I do and she was doing the same.
Transition: Many people misunderstand the message of Christ to the world. Jesus came proclaiming good news to the world. He came proclaiming a life for all who would simply believe and live their lives for him.
Everyone. That means whether you are white, black, brown, etc. you can experience what Paul is talking about there. But people misunderstand this. Whether it’s because they were taught wrong or heard wrong or just haven’t read the Bible people have misunderstood the meaning and message of the Bible. For instance there are those who think “I don’t want any part of God because all that is for people who have it together.” Listen, if we had it all together there would be no need for God. So, because we don’t have it together we need God. There are those who say well, “I can’t come to Christ or God because I have done a lot of bad things in my life and how could God possibly want me?” Let’s be honest though. God has every right not to want us. Not to care about us. To obliviate us into a zillion pieces of nothing. But God has chosen to reach out his hand to us and say, there is a way out of your mess. There is a way out of your heartache and that is through me. And not only does God clean us up but man he wants to use us!
Another misunderstanding people have is “well, I have my own belief system and that will be enough.” Paul wrote to show his own Jewish people that in order to attain life and God’s pleasure is to look to Jesus—the fulfillment of the Old Testament. His Jewish brothers and sisters needed to understand that. His heart’s desire was to see that his people come to faith in Jesus-- the only way to salvation. “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.” Vs 12
If our belief system (or faith) does not have Christ at the center it is a failed belief system—and a failed faith.