There’s a song we sing not as often as we once did that reminds us of the universal nature of God’s most gracious gift, TheGospel Is for All. Though somewhat archaic, the meaning and truth of these words of Rigdon M. McIntosh will carry on through the years until Christ returns.
“Of one the Lord has made the race,
Thro’ one has come the fall;
Where sin has gone must go His grace:
The gospel is for all.”
The human race is one by virtue of its being created in the image of God. While race plays a prominent role in the discussions of our social issues and injustices today, it is important to remember that all human beings matter to God -- all lives matter -- and they should all matter to us. “For God so loved the world (humanity), that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” (Romans 8:32)?
God gracious gave up his only Son for you, me, and every human being. The only “race” God is concerned with is the human race. As followers of Jesus, we are called to live lives that demonstrate our understanding of this most basic reality: the gospel is for all.