Today’s Scripture: And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity. Leviticus¬†5:17

One day, a man was pulled over for speeding on a stretch of road he wasn’t familiar with. The last sign he had seen said the speed limit was 55mph, but when he was pulled over, the police officer said he was going 55 in a 40mph zone. He tried to explain to the officer that he didn’t see the sign, but it didn’t make a difference.

Later in court, he admitted to the judge that he was speeding, but again he tried to explain the reason for speeding was because he wasn’t aware of that the speed limit had changed. Whether or not he saw the speed limit sign didn’t matter; he had admitted to breaking the law, and that required that a fine be paid.

Just as a good judge will enforce a law, God must enforce the law. The law states that the penalty of sin is death. God is holy and cannot allow sin in His presence. He must punish sin whether we are aware of it or not. Even if we don’t know about it, God says we are guilty and must bear the iniquity.

So how could a loving God condemn those who have never heard the gospel to hell? The answer is, “They are guilty, and the penalty must be paid.” This doesn’t mean He isn’t loving. He gave Himself as a ransom for all. He paid the price to make it possible for sinners to go to heaven. He has revealed Himself in nature so that it says “that they are without excuse.” He has commanded us to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. It is our responsibility to share the gospel with those who haven’t heard. Today, share the message of salvation with someone who hasn’t heard.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder