“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world (or inhabited earth) as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14). Jesus uses the same word “nations” in Matthew 28:19 in what is commonly called the Great Commission. What is He referring to in both references? The word “nations” means “human groups of people based on various cultural, physical or geographic ties.” That does not mean ‘countries’.
Joshua Project and Finishing the Task have spent great time and resources identifying the “people groups” to help us direct and concentrate our energies and resources so they hear the gospel. Why is this discussion so important? Notice the bent of Paul’s mind as he speaks of preaching the gospel. “Thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation,” (Romans 15:20).
I will be talking about this subject more in the future, but let me ask you a question. If Jesus declared that each nation (people group) would hear the gospel and “then the end will come”, why is the church so focused on other things that do not contribute to this mission?
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