The Mission of God in the Bible

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June 1, 2018

The Mission of God in the Bible

From the dawn of time to its fulfillment and climax—from Genesis to Revelation—GOD Himself has been on a mission! What is this passion that so captivates the heart of our Creator?

This post is the first of a series in which we will attempt to answer that question.

The mission of redeeming fallen humanity back to a relationship with Himself spans the centuries of history of God’s ongoing activity with man. Already, at the time of the fall in the Garden and the subsequent curse that came upon all of creation in that fall, God promised the human race a prophetic glimmer of hope (Gen 3:15). One day a Deliverer would be born through the seed of the woman! This Messiah would provide redemption for ALL of humanity.

The narrative continues.

When reading the story of God’s decision to separate Abram and make a covenant with him, sometimes we mistakenly think that God specifically chose the Jewish people to the exclusion of the other nations. But quite the opposite is true. God’s calling and choosing the nation of Israel instead declared His plan for the salvation and blessing of all nations (Gen. 12:1-3, 18:18, 22:18). A basic summary of these verses would be: “I will bless you, and in you and your seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”

God then goes on to call Israel to be a “kingdom of priests,” which portrays the idea of together being what one priest was called to be to his own nation (Ex 19:6). In other words, the calling of an individual priest was to represent God to his people; however, the calling of a “kingdom of priests” was for them together to represent God as a nation to the many other nations dwelling around them!

God chose Israel and placed them in a strategic position of influence among the nations. The trade route of international commerce between the ancient superpowers (Assyria to the north, Babylon to the east, and Egypt to the southwest) ran directly through the coasts of Israel. God called them to this place of influence in order that the nations around them could behold for themselves the wisdom and glory of the God of heaven (Deuteronomy 4:5-8).

So did this ever happen? Watch for Part 2 where we will explore this question.

by Joel Martin, Executive Committee member

Read Part 2

  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10