Luke 3:6 – December 5, 2021

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Luke 3:6 NABRE                

The gospel writer Luke records the announcement of John the Baptizer, using the words of Isaiah from over seven hundred years previous. Isaiah declares the return of the exiled Jews from Babylon, the Jews will return home with the promise of salvation. Captive for fifty years the Jews lived a punishment God allows because of their sinfulness. God’s glory is revealed to the people and all flesh shall see it. Luke quotes the text from Isaiah as spoken by John who is applying it to Jesus the Messiah. John is known as the herald of the coming of the Messiah and declares that all ways will be made straight and smooth so all flesh shall see the salvation of God. What is salvation; well likely in this case John is speaking about Jesus the savior. Who sees salvation; all flesh, meaning more than the Jews, it includes the Gentiles as well and perhaps even the animals (my inference.) Scholars will tell us that Jesus’ salvation is available to more than the chosen people of Israel, it is available to all people. It is clear no one is excluded from the statement. God is creator of all flesh and doesn’t make exceptions about who is and is not included in salvation. Salvation is universal in scope. There are no rules to be met, or steps to be taken to witness salvation, it is freely available to all. This could lead some to say all will be saved, a theology called universalism which is not accepted by all Christians.

God says we are beautifully and wonderfully made and while He allows punishment when we sin, He offers salvation to all. You may not know scripture or have strong faith, but God has faith in you and desires your communion eternally. We can do more to live in the kingdom now, but that is another story.

Do you believe you will see salvation? Do you see salvation as unrestricted?

There are no rules to be met, or steps to be taken to witness salvation, it is freely available to all. This could lead some to say all will be saved, a theology called universalism which is not accepted by all Christians. Click To Tweet

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