1999-05-01 - Salvation Offered to All
Part IIIWe should thank God that He has allowed us the privilege and responsibility of missionary outreach. The greatest value we can obtain from the money the Lord entrusts to our stewardship comes from our investments in missionary work. According to the Great Commission all nations are to be given the story of salvation through Christ up to the very end of the age, which ends with His glorious return to end the Tribulation and assume His millennial reign. God loves all individuals, He desires to draw all near to His heart.
God has revealed through His word, that He would bless all nations through Isaac, Abraham's seed, and His literal descendants. Israel is to be a channel of blessing to all nations. It is my firm conviction that when Israel returns to Christ, the consequences will be the evangelisation of all people. Countless numbers of people will be brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Israel is the main "character" if you will. She is central to all events that are to come. It is our responsibility to dispense the truth of Gods word to the Jewish people.Through such a ministry many of them will accept their Messiah. The result being, that when this happens, those of other nations will accept Christ. God has repeatedly said He will bless all nations through Abraham and His seed
Genesis 12:1-3 Now Jehovah said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make they name great; and be thou a blessing; and I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Genesis 22:15-18 And the angel of Jehovah called unto Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said, By myself have I sworn, saith Jehovah, because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Acts 3:25 Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Romans Chapters 9-11 God overruled the Jews rejection of Christ by sending the message of reconciliation to all the world, thus turning Israel's tragic sin into a blessing for all the nations. Paul states that there will be even a greater blessing to all the nations when Israel comes back to Him. The condition of the work at that time will be as one in the grip of death.When Israel returns to God it will be as one raised from death to life. This event is the hope and expectation of a world groaning under the curse of sin.
Romans 11: 11-15 say then, Did they stumble that they might fall? God forbid: but by their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, to provoke them to jealousy. Now if their fall, is the riches of the world, and their loss the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? But I speak to you that are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I glorify my ministry; if by any means I may provoke to jealousy them that are my flesh, and may save some of them. For if the casting away of them is the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
The lifting of the curse and the blessing of all men are contingent upon Israel's conversion.
Romans 11:25-27 For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in; and so all Israel shall be saved: even as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer; He shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: And this is my covenant unto them, When I shall take away their sins.
1901 American Standard Version
O Lord , Most Holy God, we pray that You will hasten the day that You bring peace to Jerusalem.