This is a very interesting expression. In a prophetic setting, it is promised to the Messiah, Jesus. “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession” (Psalm 2:8). This is also promised in Psalm 22, “All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you” (22:27). His worship will come from every people group; “From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One” (Isaiah 24:16).
How will this happen? Certainly the ‘ends of the earth’ will come under the reign of Christ and His judgment (Revelation 14:7). If the nations (ethnos – every people group) are going to worship the Lord, there must be a way that the salvation message will reach them. Paul was committed to accomplishing this goal. Even though he was not present at Pentecost, there is no doubt in my mind that he heard the instructions through the other apostles that Jesus gave them in Acts 1:8; “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
In the words of John Piper, “God has ordained that salvation come to the nations through sent messengers whose obedient preaching of the gospel brings salvation to the nations.” I want to be obedient to God’s method and power so we reach the ends of the earth. Do you?
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