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Preaching the Gospel to All Nations


PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO ALL NATIONS

According to the Bible, nations in the world originated from the clans of Noah’s three sons after the deluge (Gen 10:32). They settled in the valley of Shinar (Gen 11:2) and built “a city and a tower with its top in the sky” (Gen 11:4). Since their goal was to make a name for themselves and to prevent scattering all over the earth, God confused their language and dispersed them all over the earth (Gen 11:5-9). Based on the descendants of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, given in Genesis 10, the early Christians count the languages and nations as 70 or 72.

Since God created all people in His image and likeness, all are children of God. Though humanity lost its sonship because of the fall of its first parents, Jesus restored it by offering himself as a ransom for them. Though he saved all people through his passion, death, and resurrection, that message has to reach to people of all nations all over the world for their reception of salvation through faith in Jesus and baptism. So, after his resurrection, Jesus designated his disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age” (Mt 28:19-20). God is waiting for that to happen for the second coming of Christ to judge the nations. “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14). The apostles and other disciples preached the gospel all over the Roman Empire, including all the known continents of Europe, Africa, and Asia. Thomas went even farther to Asian countries.

 


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