Salvation For The Nations

After his resurrection, Jesus declared: “All authority in heaven and on earth is given to me, therefore, go and make disciples of all nations,” and he dispatched his disciples to announce his Lordship and Salvation to the “uttermost parts of the Earth.” The Era of Salvation commenced with his Death and Resurrection; therefore, his life-giving message must be announced to all men.

God exalted Jesus to the Messianic Throne as promised in Scripture: “I will give you the nations for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession,” and therefore, he sent his emissaries to announce his sovereignty and salvation throughout the Earth – (Psalm 2:8).

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[Photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash]

By bestowing the Gift of the Spirit on them, Jesus empowered his disciples to proclaim his Good News to the entire world, the one task he assigned to his Church before his Ascension - “
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the Earth” – (Acts 1:8).

This salvation is for men of every generation and nation without exception. Jesus died and God raised him from the dead so no longer must they live in fear or for themselves but for Him. God loved humanity so much that He “gave his only born Son” so all men might believe and receive “everlasting life.” Jesus has bequeathed to each of us the ministry of reconciling men and women to God by proclaiming his Gospel – (John 3:16, Acts 2:36-38, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20).

Because of his suffering “for our sins,” God raised Jesus from the dead and “highly exalted him, granting him the name that is above every name,” – JESUS - the name that means “Yahweh saves.”

In him, the salvation promised by the God of Israel has become reality for all humanity, and His Son is now the “Ruler of the Kings of the Earth” who “shepherds the nations” to everlasting life in the New Creation – (Philippians 2:6-11, Revelation 1:4-6, 7:9-17, 12:5-11).

All peoples and nations belong to Jesus whether they know it or not. His sacrificial death voided the legal claim of Satan over mankind, and his resurrection broke the iron grip of Death that held us all, a radical message of liberation from the tyranny of sin, Satan, and death that all men must hear – (1 Corinthians 15:1-6, Philippians 2:6-11, Hebrews 2:14-15, Revelation 1:6-8,3:21, 5:5-14).


God has “spoken” definitively and with eloquent finality through His Son who “achieved the purification of sin,” therefore, he sits “at the right hand of the Majesty on High places” as the Great High Priest who mediates salvation and life for his people – (Hebrews 1:1-4).

Salvation is available to all men “through the faith of Jesus Christ for all who believe, for there is no distinction.” Life is offered to all men because of the faithful obedience of the Son of God, the one who “died for our sins” when we were still “enemies of God” and “dead in our trespasses” – (Romans 3:21-22).

Sin is the Great Leveler that condemns every man, woman, and child to bondage, decay, hopelessness, and death. In the end, neither ethnicity, political power, nor economic status makes any difference. Death awaits us all.

However, because of his Death and Resurrection, anyone may receive the forgiveness of sins and justification before God “from the faith of Jesus Christ.” Death still occurs, but for the disciples of Jesus, its sentence will be reversed when he raises them from the dead on the Last Day – (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).

Considering his faithful act for us when we deserved only death, all that penitent men and women can do is respond to his generous and unmerited gift by placing faith in Jesus and what God accomplished in him.

Ever since His Son “achieved the purification of sins,” his Father has been creating a new community composed of men and women from every nation who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, the ‘Ekklésia’, the “Assembly.” Every person who places faith in him becomes a member of this holy community – (Ephesians 2:15).

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[Photo by Amelie & Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash]

No nation, civilization, or political ideology can claim Jesus or his teachings as its property. His Gospel is a message for every
man, woman, and child, and therefore, it transcends all national and cultural boundaries. His disciples proclaim one message for all men, whether “Jew or Gentile, bond or free, male and female, for all are one in Christ Jesus” – (Galatians 3:28).

In the truest sense, then, his “Good News” is a universal message and religion. All men have sinned. Everyone needs salvation and everlasting life. No one deserves it, “No, not one,” but God graciously offers it to one and all through His Son, and “freely” so.

Finally, salvation is provided on the same basis to every man, woman, and child, namely, from the faith of Jesus Christ. All we can do is respond with repentance and faith to this offer and the self-sacrificial act of the Nazarene who “gave his life as a ransom for many.”

  • A New Message - (Jesus summons his disciples to proclaim the Good News of the kingdom of God in every inhabited corner of the earth)
  • His Unique Kingdom - (Jesus proclaimed a new and different political reality, the Kingdom of God, one that bears little resemblance to the powers of this evil age)
  • Greatness in His Kingdom - (Jesus summons his followers to live lives of self-sacrificial service to others, and doing so is how they emulate him and become great in his Kingdom)