Can Everyone Know God In Any Age?
For God to be fair it would seem reasonable that everyone should come to a saving
knowledge of His attributes and His requirements for mankind. It would not be fair
for some to be sent away from His presence for eternity if they never had a chance
to know the true God and choose to follow Him or reject Him!
Rom 1:19-20 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Thus God tells us that all those who have reached the age of reason have perceived His attributes, as God has shown these to them. Not only that, those who wanted to, have been able to show God that their heart was inclined towards Him!
Rom 2:12-16 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the
law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is
not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the
law who will be justified.
So then, God can justify the saints of old, like King David of Israel, who did not know Jesus, because He can read that their hearts were right. Then accepting Jesus as the propitiation for their sins was/is the only extra step necessary for salvation. This being so, God who shows no partiality, can do the same for all gentiles/non-gentiles on the day when He judges the world by Jesus Christ!
According to many, Jesus has already rescued those 'old testament time saints' from
their place in "Abraham's bosom". The information in the bible suggests strongly
that the old testament saints were rescued from captivity under Satan, by Jesus,
when He went down into hell at His death on the cross.
There are two main translations of the passage in Ephesians 4:8 which talks of this.
Eph 4:8 (ESV) Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high He led a host of
captives, and He gave gifts to men.”
In the first (ESB) translation we are told of Jesus leading captives out with Him
when He ascended.
So, what do we have? Jesus has got back authority over the world from Satan. So
all the promises He makes we know He can keep. Also, as God says through Paul, all
get to know His eternal nature through natural revelation and they have the choice
to align their hearts with Him or not.
God's plans for mankind are eminently reasonable and he has set them out so that we can see in advance what He has in mind for us. God says quite plainly that He won't do anything without stating it first through His prophets and we have the intelligence to reason it out.
Isa 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Amos 3:7 “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret (plan) to his servants the prophets.
God does not work in mysterious ways! He has a wonderful plan to remove our sins and we can follow it all in His manual, the bible, and see His plan come together!
Best wishes for grace and the peace of Jesus.