HOPE OF THE NATIONS
“One of the best ways to discern the scope of the Great Commission as Jesus gave it and the Apostles pursued it is to immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of hope that they felt in reading their Bible, the Old Testament. One overwhelming aspect of this hope is its expectation that the truth of God would reach to all the people groups of the world and that these groups would come and worship the true God.
This hope was expressed in people-group terminology again and again (peoples, nations, tribes, families, etc.). Here is a sampling from the Psalms.” (John Piper, Let the Nations be Glad, page 170).
“Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds!” (Psalm 9:11).
“Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard” (Psalm 66:8).
“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3).
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