An Inclusive Word – All (2)

A common human trait is the ability to see the faults in others but the inability to recognise our own. The Bible does not allow us to escape from the truth that what is true of others is often true of ourselves. In our last meditation we thought of the all-inclusive word, WHOEVER. Today, we focus on the little word ‘ALL’, which forbids us to point the accusing finger at others and turns the spotlight upon ourselves.
Consider, thoughtfully, these challenging and disturbing statements:

  • There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none, who seeks after God. They have ALL turned aside’, Romans chapter 3 verses 10-12.
  • For there is no difference; for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’, Romans chapter 3 verse 23.
  • Therefore just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to ALL men, because ALL sinned’, Romans chapter 5 verse 12.
  • ALL we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned EVERY ONE to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us ALL’, Isaiah chapter 53 verse 6.

In the light of these ‘uncomfortable’ truths, it is no surprise, therefore, to discover that God ‘now commands ALL men EVERYWHERE to repent’, Acts chapter 17 verse 30.

The simple truth is that we need to examine ourselves first, before we start pointing the finger at others! May the Lord grant us the humility so to do.