Exclusive and Inclusive

I’ve noticed God does quite a few things that juxtapose and even combine two opposites. One of these things is the simultaneous exclusivity and inclusivity of salvation.

God loves the world, meaning every person, so sent Jesus to pay for our sins through death and rise again to save us (John 3:16; Romans 5:10). There is only one way to be at peace with God and cleansed from our sins, and that is through the work of Jesus (John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5-6). Therein lies the exclusivity. But anyone and everyone can come (John 3:15; 1 Timothy 2:4). Therein lies the inclusivity.

There is only one way through Jesus to avoid eternal separation from God, and everyone can have it. We each just need to make the decision.


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