Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Missions Throughout the Bible

From beginning to end, the Bible is a story about missions. In the beginning of time, God walked and talked with Adam and Eve, but then separated them from their Creator by their disobedience. The rest of the story is how God works to reconnect with His children. We could call it “His Story.”

From the beginning, God’s intention was for the entire earth to be saved. God begins His plan of redemption by calling a man named Abraham, later his descendants became the nation of Israel. They were chosen to manifest God’s glory for the rest of the world to see. Throughout the Old Testament, God sends prophets as ancient missionaries to bring His words to the people.

God’s calling began with one man, Abraham, and extended to one people, the children of Israel, but it was never meant to stop there. Throughout the Bible, we see that God’s love is universal. His salvation is meant for the nations, for all peoples, for all tribes, and tongues. From the first man Adam, to the new-born babe, God loves everyone.

In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son, Jesus Christ as a missionary to the world. When Jesus ascended back into heaven, He gave his followers the Great Commission to go as missionaries into all the world.

Nina Gunter said, “If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.” The Nazarene Bible College says, “Missions is not merely contained in the Bible. The missions enterprise does not merely find a basis in the Bible. From beginning to end, the Bible is an intensely missionary book. It not only encourages world evangelism, it demands it.”