Cover 2018-10-21

Ron Writes

Every Nation Blessed Together

In Revelation, John sees an innumerable multitude from every nation. It is thrilling and comforting to know that every nation will be in heaven. What a beautiful picture! How do I know that every nation has had the opportunity to hear the gospel? Because they’ll all be represented in heaven.

In the beginning, God made man in His Image. His first word to man was to multiply and fill the earth (Gen. 1:27-28). You might have thought that God’s first command would have been more significant. However to fill the earth would be to fill it with the Image of God. But man messes up. Then, by the sixth chapter God has a reboot with Noah. However, the first thing He says to Him after the flood, was to have lots of babies and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1). God wants to fill the earth once again with His Image. Once again we don’t get far without man messing up. In order to keep from being spread over the earth, they begin to build a tower (Gen. 11:4-5).

God calls Abram, not just to make him a great nation, but so that all the families of the earth will be blessed (Gen. 12:1-3). God blessed Adam. He blessed Noah. He blessed Abraham. And, he blessed Israel. Why? So that every nation and family on earth would be blessed.

Jesus comes and restores God’s Image within us. And what does He tell us to do? “Make disciples of all the nations” (Mt. 28:19). Go and multiply His Image in every nation. The Bible has such unity. This thread runs through the entire Bible. We are not here to simply “be happy” that we are God’s chosen nation. His chosen church. This was Israel’s mistake. We have a purpose. We are here to fill the earth with the glory of God so that every nation will be blessed.

Paul said, “we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name” (Rom. 1:5, KJV).

God has always desired a relationship with all peoples. Psalm 117 calls on all nations to praise Him. Jesus upset his neighbors when he reminded them of God’s dealings with Gentiles (Lk. 4:25-27). God desires a relationship with every nation of peoples. God desires a relationship with all of mankind and has provided a way through His Son