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Salvation to all Nations


During his public ministry, Jesus served the Jews, the Samaritans, and the Gentiles and travelled through their regions. However, he had instructed the apostles to limit their ministry to the Jews – “Jesus sent out these twelve after instructing them thus, ‘Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel’” (Mt 10:5-6). After the resurrection, Jesus asked them to preach to all the nations regardless of their religious status and nationality because salvation is for all, starting with the Jews in Jerusalem (Lk 24:47).

When God called Abram from Ur, He said to Abram, “I will make of you a great nation, … All the families of the earth will find blessing in you” (Gen 12:2-3). Through the chosen people of Israel, the first-born son of God (Ex 4:22-23), He offered salvation to all people. Psalm 117:1 invites us thus: “Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!” At the dedication of the Temple, Solomon prayed in public, “Do all that the foreigner asks of you, that all the peoples of the earth may know your name, may revere you as do your people Israel, and may know that your name has been invoked upon this house that I have built” (1 Kgs 8:43). God said of Israel, “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth” (Isa 49:6). Jesus confirmed universal salvation by saying, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).


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