Hope for All Nations

OVERVIEW - The gospel announced by Jesus is a message of hope and gladness for men and women from every nation

Earth in hand - Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash
After his resurrection, Jesus declared that “
all authority in heaven and on earth is given to me; go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Installed Lord over all things, he commanded his disciples to proclaim his sovereignty over all things, and to announce the glad tidings of the salvation now available freely for all men and women, whether Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, male or female - [Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash].

By his self-sacrificial death, Christ established a “priestly kingdom” of men and women called out of every nation. It is for this very reason that, in the book of Revelation, the entire created order declared him “worthy” to receive all power, rule, honor and glory - (Revelation 5:5-12).

The Apostle Paul wrote that God’s righteousness is available to all “through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe, for there is no distinction.” Sin is the Great Leveler that condemns every man and woman to bondage, despair, decay, and death. A person’s ethnicity, gender, social or economic status makes no difference - All die in the end.

But now, through Jesus, all men may receive right-standing before God and on the same basis, whether Jew or Gentile, male or female, poor or rich – By faith in Jesus Christ:
  • (Romans 3:22-30) – “A righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all that have faith; for there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…For we reckon that a man is to be declared righteous by faith, apart from the works of law. Or is the God of Jews only, and not of the nations also? Yea! of the nations also; if at all events God is one, who will declare righteous the circumcision by faith, and the uncircumcision through their faith.
Paul employed his radical monotheism to make the point - “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one, he will justify the circumcised through faith and the uncircumcised through faith.” Before Him, no one is advantaged or disadvantaged because of biological descent, national origin, culture, or social status. And if the God who created all things is truly one, then He is as much the God of the Gentiles as He is of the Jews.
  • The believer “has put on the new self that is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him, in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11).
In Christ,” God is creating a new humanity with members drawn from every social and ethnic group. Regardless of national origin, each person who exercises faith in Jesus begins to conform to the image of His Son.  Any distinction based on race, gender, culture, or economic status is wholly inappropriate for the followers of Jesus, indeed, such distinctions are inherently incompatible with his gospel.

Sunshine - Photo by Thomas Kinto on Unsplash
Photo by Thomas Kinto on Unsplash

No nation, race, society or culture can claim Jesus as its possession. The announcement of salvation and the enthronement of Jesus as
Lord over ALL THINGS is a message of hope and life for all humanity, indeed, for the entire creation.

Unfortunately, the institutional church has a long history of linking Christianity and Jesus to specific nations, cultures, political ideologies, and even economic systems. This is the destructive lie promoted under the term “Christendom” - The identification of the faith of Christ with any specific race, nation, or society. For that matter, the very idea of “Christendom” is a counterfeit of the true and universal Kingdom of God over which Christ NOW reigns supreme.
This and similar lies occur when men try to hijack Jesus into the service of their political and economic agendas.  Such ideas contradict the teachings of Jesus and are counterproductive to the mission he assigned the church to proclaim the gospel to all nations.
The gospel of Jesus transcends all national, ethnic, and social boundaries. Any attempt to confine it by such categories violates the very heart of the gospel - (Matthew 24:14 – “And this glad message of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the inhabited earth, for a witness unto all the nations”).
  • Scripture declares that all believers are the “sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise” - (Galatians 3:28).
The mission of the Church is to proclaim this good news throughout the earth. The completion of this task is necessary before this age can be concluded. Nonetheless, neither national borders, racial biases, nor societal demands will prevent this mission from reaching God’s intended goal - His word will not return to Him void.

A day is coming when the destructive works of sin and Satan will vanish from the earth, and death will be no more. Creation itself will be liberated when Jesus appears in glory. At that time, he will raise them from the dead to populate the “New Heaven and the New Earth.” In the interim, his disciples are tasked with proclaiming this message to all men and women who choose to receive it – And all free of charge! - (Romans 8:19-23, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28).

The gospel of the Kingdom of God is for every man, woman, and child on the earth. All have sinned, and therefore, everyone needs this salvation. None deserve it, but God has graciously made it available to all on the same basis - Faith in Jesus Christ.


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