Sadly, not everyone accepts this reconciliation. Not all receive God's grace (2 Cor. 6:1). When Paul announced the good news in a synagogue in Antioch, people responded in two distinct ways. Some who heard were drawn to the message and Paul urged them to continue in the grace of God, knowing that God was working in their hearts (Acts 13:43, 48). Others argued with the gospel announcement and spoke evil of it (13:45). Paul told them that they had repudiated the word of God and judged themselves unworthy of eternal life (13:46).
To reject God's grace and forgiveness is the
ultimate sin, for which one can expect finally only God's consuming fire
of judgment (Heb. 10:26-27). The same principle also applies to those who
never hear the good news of God's forgiveness. God will judge
them by the light they did have. Those who reject God's love, however they
have known it, also cut themselves off from eternal life (Rom.
2:8-12). God desires that all people be saved and that none perish (1
Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). Surely we should wish the same thing. Yet the mystery
of evil is that some people reject even so great a salvation as this,
and for them there will be no escape (Heb. 2:3).
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