Today’s Scripture: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11

There are some Bible teachers today who teach Christ’s payment for sin was only made for the elect. They claim that God sovereignly chose before the foundation of the world which souls would be saved (which by the way, implies that those He precluded would spend eternity in Hell). They claim that because God is sovereign, we cannot argue with His decision, but this teaching is against His very nature! God’s sovereignty and justice don’t operate at a separate level from His love and grace.

We would all agree that God is sovereign-His decisions stand. If He chose our eternal destiny before the world began, then we would have no other course of action but to accept it. When mankind sinned, God’s justice required payment. We are told, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). As a result, we deserve to be separated from God for eternity.

But thanks be to God He doesn’t stop there! Romans 6:23 continues, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Though God’s justice required payment, God’s love allowed for a substitute. God sent His Son to be the Saviour of mankind, and through His grace, He offers us eternal life.

For whom did Christ die? It was for the whole world. John writes of Christ being the propitiation of the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Christ commanded the disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). Over and over, we read that salvation is offered to “whosoever believeth” (John 3:16, Acts 10:43, Romans 10:11). The angels proclaimed the birth of the Messiah as “good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people”(Luke 2:10).

The limit that God placed on His offer of salvation was “to all people.” The good news of the gospel is not restricted in any way! We don’t have to question whether or not someone can have eternal life because we already know that God loves them and died for them. Tell someone today about the Saviour Who was born in Bethlehem. His unlimited atonement can bring great joy to every person.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder