Hope for only SOME Nations?

Is the Good News of the Kingdom of God a message for only SOME nations, or for all? 

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Often in church history, the gospel has been perverted into good news for some nations, but bad news for others. This occurs whenever representatives of the “church” associate Christ’s message with specific nations, races, cultures, and political systems. Unfortunately, this has been an all-too-common pattern in church history - [
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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 as Lord over all the entire Creation, his disciples are commanded to proclaim his sovereignty and salvation to all men in every nation, whether Jew or Gentile, rich or poor, male or female - (Psalm 2:6-10, Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:7-9).

By his sacrificial death, he established the promised “priestly kingdom” comprised of men and women from every nation and separated for his exclusive use. In the book of Revelation, it is for that reason that the entire creation declared him “worthy” to receive all power and glory. In his death and resurrection, the God Who created all things has “spoken” definitively and with great finality in His Son - (Hebrews 1:1-4, Revelation 5:5-14).

Paul wrote that God’s righteousness is actualized “through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe, for there is no distinction.” Sin is the Great Leveler that has condemned all men to bondage, despair, decay, and death. One’s ethnicity, gender, or social status makes no difference. But now, through Jesus, all may receive right-standing before God, and all on the same basis – the faith of Jesus Christ - (Romans 3:22-30).

And Paul used 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!” No one is advantaged or disadvantaged because of his biological descent or national origin - (Colossians 3:11).

In Christ, God is creating a new humanity with members drawn from every nation. Regardless of one’s nation of origin, everyone who places faith in Jesus is being shaped into his image.

No nation, race, society or culture can claim Jesus as its possession. The announcement of the good news of salvation and the enthronement of Jesus is a message of hope and life for all men and women.

Sadly, too many churches have long histories of linking Christianity to specific nations, cultures, political ideologies, and economic systems. This is the destructive lie promoted as “Christendom,” the nefarious attempt to identify the faith of Jesus with specific races, nations, cultures, and ideologies. If anything, “Christendom” is the counterfeit of the true and universal Kingdom of God.

Christ’s announcement of God's kingdom transcends all national, ethnic, social, and economic boundaries. Any attempt to limit it by such categories violates the very heart of the Gospel - (Matthew 24:14, Galatians 3:28).

The mission of the Church is to proclaim this good news to the “uttermost parts of the earth.” The completion of this task is necessary before the return of Jesus in glory. Neither national borders, racial biases nor societal demands will prevent it from reaching God’s intended goal.

This message of hope is for every man, woman, and child wherever he or she may live, regardless of his or her ethnicity.  All have sinned, and all need God’s salvation. No one deserves it, but God has graciously made it available to everyone on the same basis - the faith of Jesus Christ.  In the truest sense of the word, the good news of the Kingdom of God is a universal and “inclusive” faith.

When Jesus returns at the end of the present age, only one Kingdom will be left standing. As his disciples, we must resist every attempt to associate, link or identify the biblical faith with any nation, race, culture, or civilization, for, if we do not, we may exclude others from the glorious salvation that is freely available to everyone who exercised faith in Jesus, intentionally or not.



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