Thinking whole nations and communities rather than just individuals

UnknownThe Bible is concerned with God’s reconciling action for whole peoples. The Old Testament focuses the journey of Israel as a whole people, chosen by God. This theme is specifically spelled out in Deuteronomy 7:6[1] and 14:2[2], but continues as the central story throughout the biblical narrative.

When Jesus gave the great commission, he commanded his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations”[3], rather than individuals. In Revelation 7:9 we are given the picture that at the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God, nations, tribes and peoples will still be distinctly recognizable.

National and cultural identity is not lost in the Kingdom of God, and as Christ’s ambassadors,[4] we need to not only understand what this means for individuals but also for whole nations and communities.

Just a quick thought…

 


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[1] “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.”

[2] “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.”

[3] Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

[4] 2 Cor 5:20

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