1 Peter 2:5
"you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
Romans 10:9 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
1 John 3:1 (NKJV)
3 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
My Comments: There are many verses that show us the Body as one and those who accept Jesus as Savior and King become Children of the one true God and thereby follow Jesus and go through Him to the Father as He is the Way the Truth and the Life. Any wishing to go to the Father must go through Jesus as God has set it up that way.
I know the Lord is merciful and those who do not know Him yet desire to know the true God will be brought to the knowledge of Jesus eventually.
When I was young and raised in a very traditional Church I desired God and all my life I wanted to be close to Him. God honored that desire of my heart and eventually brought me to Him through His Son Jesus just before 911. What joy to know Him more fully than I ever imagined or thought possible because once I accepted the gift He had outstretched to me, I was filled with the Holy Spirit and have been filled with a desire to be closer and know Him more fully everyday.
Only God can plant that desire in ones heart and He will only do it for those who truly desire to know Him even when they are in a part of the world that denies His existence or tries to kill people to stop the knowledge of Him. Still He makes Himself known.
There was a tribe in a remote place that were discovered who when told of the One True God and Jesus said, “That is His name” they had been worshipping Him but did not know the name of Him was Jesus. God does not need permission for people to learn about Him and He will thwart all governments that try to stop His knowledge from being shared. The body of Christ is the Church and the Church are the people who follow and believe on Jesus as Savior. The body are the called out ones who God calls out of falsehood to truth and to follow Jesus the Christ. The Father set Him above all to rule and if we are truly His we will rule with Him. If we are the called out ones who follow The Way of the Lord, then our lives, actions, words will reflect Jesus. If we are not doing so then we need to check ourselves and see if we are truly saved or are leaving the One True God for untruth.
It is not about what we want to believe is true or we would be god. It is not about what others tell us we should do or believe or they would be god. It is not about what a government decrees we should believe or they chose to be god. All with a little “g.” Because only God can be God and He tells us what to believe in His Word that always proves true as He is true. In faith we believe. In faith we trust Him and show Him in all we say and do and in our works. Search the Scripture, call on the Holy Spirit and trust God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost to bring you through whatever is happening in your life to the one truth. Jesus came to save ALL, He died and rose again on the third day so ALL may have life everlasting.
Abba Father, thank you for Your persistence with us and for being so gracious, for Your loving kindness and mercy, for giving us Your Word to guide us to You and for the Sacrifice of Your only begotten Son, Jesus. May we always show His face to the world, have His Heart for a broken and lost world and people, His eyes to see others needs before our own with His Love, and His ears to hear what they ask so we can give them Your Word that they may come to know You through Your Son and be Born Again through the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray with the Holy Spirit. Amen