Bible Studies

Died without hearing the gospel?

Someone asked: For someone who has not heard of Jesus, the gospel or Christian; died without salvation and will he go to hell?
Your question has a few assumptions that should be put into perspective before anyone can answer.

1. All have sinned regardless;
2. Because all have sinned, all deserve death. (Punishment for eternity regardless).
3. It is completely the Work of Christ that merits salvation.
4. It is completely God’s prerogative on whom He shall show mercy and Grace.

From the above premise, in my humble opinion, many may disagree, but in Romans 1:18 – 23

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,7 in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ro 1:18–23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Apostle Paul appealed to us that ALL of us are without excuse, including those who were born before Jesus’ time, and after who has never heard of the gospel nor Jesus, that in 3 aspects

1. Note The distinctions of ungodliness and unrighteousness. With unrighteousness being eschatological in nature, that by faith, we can appropriate imputed righteousness. This is important for me personally because God counted Moses or Abraham as Righteous! By Faith, God revealed Himself as history unfolded and by Faith, they were counted righteous, because of their faith. God can reveal Himself and choose whom by faith, be counted as Righteous.

2. The Wrath of God from heaven: Denotes we encounter “wrath” or “the wrath,” which appear intended to describe “an inevitable process of cause and effect in a moral universe. For anyone, especially Christians more notably, it is possible to explain truth but our truth is based on an absolute moral being: God. Hence Morality in human bean tends to bear witness and testify against them. But bearing in mind the first assumption or principle we must made: all have sinned.

3. Although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God. The creation bears clear witness to its Maker, and the evidence is “plain to them.” Here Paul enters upon a discussion of what is usually designated natural revelation in distinction from the special revelation that comes through the Scriptures. Four characteristics are noted. First, it is a clear testimony set before the eyes of men, as the word “plain” implies. Second, from the use of “understood,” the revelation does not stop with perception but is expected to include reflection, the drawing of a conclusion about the Creator. Third, it is a constant testimony, maintained “since the creation of the world” (cf. Acts 14:17). Fourth, it is a limited testimony in that it reflects God in certain aspects only—namely, “his eternal power and divine nature.” One has to look elsewhere for the disclosure of his love and grace—i.e., to Scripture and especially to the revelation of God in his Son (John 1:14). Natural revelation is sufficient to make man responsible but is not by itself sufficient to accomplish his salvation. The element of power is common to the two spheres of nature (v. 20) and grace (v. 16). Acquaintance with it in the former area should prepare men to expect it in the latter. But they have failed and are left without excuse. It is characteristic of man in his sinful state that he knows much more truth than he translates into a fitting response.

In conclusion:

1. Faith then becomes the key for salvation in times when people have not heard of Jesus, the gospel or Christianity, when…

2. Their moral bears witness against them in contrast with an absolute moral being revealed ….

3. The work of the creation.

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