Thank God that I am a “Whoever”
The Bible is filled with verses that use the word “whoever” or “whosoever.” I am so thankful that this is true. In Old Testament times, God had His chosen nation called Israel because the rest of mankind had turned away from Him. However, such is no longer true for the New Testament is fill with promise to the “whoevers.”
Can you image how tragic it would be to have the knowledge you have of God, of His purposes and His providence if you were not part of that plan? Imagine knowing the one mediator between God and man and you being excluded from the picture. Imagine knowing of the words, “Come you blessed of Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34), and you being excluded from them! God perish the thought!
Take time to read these “whoever” verses, and then imagine you are excluded from them. Think about it. Then, read them a second time and take time to thank God you are included. Think about it.
God’s “whoever” verses. “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me and…I will show the salvation of God” (Psa. 50:23). “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:32). Think about it.
Jesus’ “whoever” verses. “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 10:32-33). “Whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:15). “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst” (John 4:13-14). “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:54). “Whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:26). “Whoever believes in Me shall not abide in darkness” (John 12:46). Think about it.
The apostles’ “whoever” verses. “But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him . . . Whoever believes in Him will receive the remission of sins” (Acts 10:35, 43). “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame” (Rom. 9:33). Think about it.
The last “whoever” verse. Now go to the last page in in the Bible. Read the final words of God. “The Spirit and the bride say ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17). As you read His words, just imagine what it would be like if you were excluded. How blessed we are. Think about it!