1 Jn.5:9-12 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
Whenever we read Scripture or do ministry we need to do so within the context of the big picture. The big picture is best summarized by Genesis 12 which reveals that God’s goal is to bless all families of the earth – all nations, people groups, tongues and tribes. This means we cannot merely focus on individual blessing such as “my personal salvation” but, we must focus on how the transformation we each experience contributes to the goal of blessing all nations of the earth. God is working to transform society on every level and in every sphere. This transformation and blessing can only take place when we understand and apply Biblical principles to all areas of individual and corporate life.
Though the salvation of the individual is important, a huge mistake made by the Christian community is treating this experience as the ultimate goal of God’s agenda. This is a concern not to be taken lightly. The result has been that a significant portion of God’s agenda is given little to no attention by the church. When we speak of blessing all families of the earth, is must be understood as being connected with the statement Jesus made in the Great Commission, “…make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Mt.28:19-20). This commission is associated with another statement Jesus made when He said, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt.24:14).
What does it mean to make disciples of all the nations and to preach the gospel (good news) of the kingdom? Before answering this question, I will say that this is what the body of Christ has largely overlooked due to our over emphasis on the issue of personal salvation. The answer to the previous question involves understanding, communicating and assisting people in embracing and applying Biblical truths and principles in all aspects of personal and social life. This includes but is not limited to the task of helping people understand the need to repent and surrender their lives to the authority of Jesus. When calling people to surrender, it should also be communicated that, in reference to Jesus (in whom they are to place their trust), “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col 1:15-17). Too often, the only emphasis we have in our evangelistic efforts is appealing to a person’s self-interest of avoiding hell and, sadly, this becomes the essence of our concept of “salvation.” The church must capture and communicate the importance of the truth that in and through Christ we have been given access to everything we need for life and godliness and to reconcile all things to God (2 Pe.1:3; Col.1:19-20). This means that we gain access to all resources to do God’s will through Christ. When accessing such resources, we overcome the world (1 Jn.5:4), not just in our personal behavior but in regard to all the deception and destructive ways the “world” impacts society. Such resources include the many provisions that come through the ministry of the Holy Spirit who we receive when repentance and faith are genuine.
Let it be known that Satan
does not want the church to experience this much needed paradigm shift, gaining
access to this perspective and tapping into the power and provision that is
ours through Christ. This is such a major paradigm shift that even when reading
/ hearing such words, we tend to attempt processing them through the old paradigm
of “me and my life” or the grid of individual, personal salvation /
discipleship. The idea of discipling nations is initially thought of as
discipling individuals in their personal Christian walk. Discipling nations
does not exclude this but is not limited to this as it involves understanding,
communicating and applying Biblical principles to the structuring of social
institutions so that humanism, socialism, Communism, Marxism, secularism, Hinduism,
Buddhism, Islam, etc. do not prevail in the formation of the nations and their social
structures. This is the aspect of our calling and the task of the Body of
Christ that has been neglected due to limiting our view of the good news, only
aim at getting people to agree to give Jesus permission to take them to heaven
when they die (if we even engage in this task).
 This includes power to be witnesses (Act 1:8), the production of good fruit / changed character (Ga.5:22-24), gifts that equip us for ministry that edifies / builds up the body of Christ and impacts the world (1 Co.12:7-11), assistance in understanding the truth and principles of God’s kingdom and agenda for planet earth (Jn.16:13).
- He Who has the Son
- Internal and External Government
- Many Antichrists
- The Last Hour
- Important Distinctions