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Those Who Have Not Heard

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God makes it clear that everybody has to answer to Him whether they've heard about Christ or not. This is why the church has been given the Great Commission and called to take the gospel to the entire world.

"That which is known about God is evident within [men]; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse"—Romans 1:19–20.

God makes it clear that everybody has to answer to Him whether they've heard about Christ or not. As Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (niv). Have you ever thought it just doesn't seem fair that those who have never heard the Word will be judged the same way as those who have rejected His message?

We must keep some key things in mind. One, God is fair and just. He is going to do the right thing. Second, this is why the church has been given the Great Commission and called to take the gospel to the entire world. This command should give us a passion for the missionary endeavor to get out the good news to everyone. Third, Romans 1:20 is clear that every person is accountable to God for his or her knowledge of God. All are “without excuse.”

But what if we don’t succeed in getting the gospel out to everyone and some people never have the opportunity to hear about Christ? Jesus said, “I am the way to God.” I believe He tells the truth. Since every person will eventually have to answer to God, how God deals with each person is something we must simply leave in His hands.

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