The Bible as a Missions Story
The introduction: Genesis 1-11.
The plot: Genesis 12 through Jude.
The conclusion: John records a scene that has great meaning in light of God’s promise to Abraham, the theme of the Old and New Testaments, the Commandments of Jesus as well as the unfinished narrative of Acts saying,
“After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb…” Revelation 7:9
It is important to connect what is happening in Revelation with what God started in Genesis 12 in the life of Abraham. God will do it. There will be a representative from every nation, tribe, people, and language bowing and worshipping at His feet. Heaven is multicultural.
God is a missionary God, and from cover to cover He is showing us His mission. This mission is the context of the story of the Bible and the overarching narrative that drives all that God does. Only when we know the context of His story can we understand our purpose in life. God wants to include you as He finishes the final chapters. God has one mission – all nations, and one method – all believers. Will you join Him in bringing a representative from every people group to His throne? It will happen, the only question is will you be a part?
(From The Traveling Team website, http://www.thetravelingteam.org/articles/the-bible-as-a-missions-story)
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14