THE MISSIONARY ENTERPRISE
One of the joys of my personal time with the Lord is reading through the Old Testament and finding how it pointed to Christ and the work of the Spirit through the gospel in our day. Joel is no exception to this divine link. “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Joel 2:32). Paul knew the Old Testament Scriptures and quoted this verse in Romans 10:13 as he is proclaiming the simple gospel of grace; “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (10:9–10).
Paul then asks rhetorical questions; “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching” (10:14)? He asked the questions in reverse order to which they happen in a person who calls and is saved. John Piper says, “These are extremely important words relating to the necessity of the missionary enterprise.”* They are right in line with Jesus’ command to the disciples and us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
What is your role in fulfilling this command so that someone can hear, believe, and call on the Lord and be saved?
*Let the Nations be Glad, 2003, Page 142.
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