41. GOD IS COLOR-BLIND

THE BIBLE SAYS that Jesus was “made of the seed of David according to the flesh” (Romans 1:3). That means He was by birth a Palestinian Jew. Yet the Lord Jesus Christ, now in His glorified spiritual body, has no national or racial characteristics (II Corinthians 5:16). Jesus is now like God the Father-He has no fleshly color or race.

One trait possessed equally by every white man and every black man, every brown or yellow or red man, is guilt before God for sin. For this reason it is entirely self-righteousness and childish arrogance for any man to look down on another because of his race or color. And for one who has been saved by God’s grace to do so is open and rebellious sin against Christ Himself (Matthew 25:40).

Jesus died that all men might be one — one in Him. In Christ there is no longer any distinction of humanity — social, economic, racial or generic (Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:14; Revelation 5:9). When even the apostle Peter practiced racial discrimination, Paul rebuked him to the fare and said he was not walking “according to the truth of the gospel” (Galatians 2:11-14).

God looks on the heart, not the skin. The cross of Christ is the great equalizer. Beggars can have no pride. And the only person who inherits the kingdom of God is the one who comes as a beggar to God-making no claims of his own and boasting no personal achievement (Matthew 5:3).

The world cannot find peace because peace is a gift of the Holy Spirit-and the world rejects Him (Romans 14:17). In the Prince of Peace, however, all men can be one. In Him, they are of equal value, for the same price was paid for every one-the precious blood of Christ (I Peter 1: 18,19).

Let every man learn to keep his place before God, and to accept his neighbor as God has accepted them all (Romans 15:7). “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). “Whosoever will may come” (Revelation 22:17).

God is color-blind. Are you?