Exhortations

Favoritism

God plays no favoritism—God is not partial, nor does he show favoritism.

“You are the sons of the Lord your God. You shall not cut yourselves or make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth”—Deuteronomy 14:1-2

Predestination is God’s work, which saved us and called us to a holy calling because of His purpose and grace, and God has willed all events. God sent us to be drawn to Christ Jesus, and the Son’s response “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,” which is the word of the Son. He cannot refuse the individual/s sent by the Father to come to him (Son). “When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.”—Acts 13:48.

The fortunate can travel the whole world, see beautiful places, and eat delicious and healthy foods; they can afford to live in luxury and give tips to those who serve them, and yet after the end of the day, they go back to rest their tired bodies and sleep as any other individuals would do. The rich need to help the poor because without them, how can they call themselves rich?

The rich need to share their blessings with the poor. This world makes the rich richer and the poor poorer, and why is that happening? Money makes money; the power of money can flatten a mountain! Money influenced the righteous mind to go wicked. The power of money can build islands that God did not make and create, and He allows it, but why? Only God knows. God shortened the days of human lives because humans tend to do the work tomorrow instead of working on what they can do today. We should come near God every day because tomorrow may be too late.

Does God allow it to happen because they are God’s favorite? I believe it is not so. God allows things to happen so that people that He predestined rise and do what they are supposed to do to draw the unrepented near to God. God is not slow to come to judge the living and the dead, but it is His patience in waiting for our change of heart and His wishes that no one should perish. The Lord God is not slow to fulfill His promises; it is our fault that we cannot understand how He loved us. He is waiting for us to reach repentance, even the wicked, for the day of trouble; we need to reach repentance to be with Him Forever. The LORD made everything for its purpose. No one can overwrite the LORD master plan.

And if the Lord had not shortened the days of the floods, no human being would exist. But He did it for the sake of those he chose to reset human lives. God clearly said to Moses, “I will have mercy on which I have mercy, and I will have compassion on which I have compassion.” The flood in Noah’s time should serve as a reminder to Moses and his people to walk away from wickedness;  then, later, Moses received the commandment from God for his (Moses) people to follow.

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs 19:17 (NIV). God wants these poor people to be close to our hearts, and the only word I can say about favoritism is His love towards humanity, especially the less fortunate. God also said that those who give gifts to the rich will undoubtedly lead to poverty. James said that judgment without mercy would draw to anyone who was not merciful.

Do not oppress low-income people to increase your wealth; remember that mercy defeats judgment. God’s mercy can never be replaced, even His judgment. God has priorities and no surprises; His word is transparently written and needs a correct interpretation. It is easy to understand, as is what He reveals and conceals.

“But glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, first for the Jew, then for the Greek. For God does not show favoritism. On the contrary, all who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and the law will judge all who sin under the law.”—Romans 2:1o-12 The Berean Study Bible. 

Neither Jews nor Gentiles, God does not play favoritism. Though it is written that the LORD has chosen Israel, it does not mean that God will put the Gentiles on the other side of His hands. For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life— John 3:16. This is a blessed assurance for all who believe will have eternal life. This is a universal message, and we cannot deny that we are part of it, not only Jews.

Whether you believe that the Son Jesus is a God, a prophet, a king, or a man, what matters is your obedience, as stated in John 3:16 and likewise, “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives the One who sent Me… Matthew 10:40-42

 Hebrews 11:6—“And without faith, it is impossible to please God, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

God is all in all.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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