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Spurgeon: Messiah’s missionary spirit

From Bible-Daily.org:

All the ends of the earth shall remember
and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
shall worship before you.
For kingship belongs to the Lord,
and he rules over the nations.
Psalm 22:27-28

Charles H. Spurgeon comments on verse 27  in The Treasury of David,

In reading this verse one is struck with the Messiah’s missionary spirit. It is evidently his grand consolation that Jehovah will be known throughout all places of his dominion. “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord.” Out from the inner circle of the present church the blessing is to spread in growing power until the remotest parts of the earth shall be ashamed of their idols, mindful of the true God, penitent for their offences, and unanimously earnest for reconciliation with Jehovah. Then shall false worship cease, “and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee,” O thou only living and true God. This hope which was the reward of Jesus is a stimulus to those who fight his battles.

It is well to mark the order of conversion as here set forth;

  1.  they shall “remember”—this is reflection, like the prodigal who came unto himself;
  2. “and turn unto Jehovah”—this is repentance, like Manasseh who left his idols
  3. and “worship”—this is holy service, as Paul adored the Christ whom once he abhorred.
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Posted by on January 24, 2010 in Missions Articles

 

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Make the nations YOUR heritage!

Posted originally at Bible-daily.org:

I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
Psalm 2:7-8

In the Old Testament, we see picture after picture of the Messiah, the heir of David who will bring ultimate salvation, not only to His own people, but to the nations.  In Psalm 2 we see the picture of our sovereign God who laughs at the nations who rage against Him.   I also see a promise that God is in control, He WILL send His Son, and the nations WILL ultimately bow before Him.  The Apostle Paul looks forward to that;  in the opening verses of Romans we read,  

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,  which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,  concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh  and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,  including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

And Paul says in Philippians 2:9-11  

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Let’s pray that the nations will see Him and rejoice in His grace now!  Our missons prayer, “Make the nations Your heritage!”

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2010 in Missions Articles

 

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Why missions?

Why missions?  What is our mandate?  Where does the power come from?  Why can we trust that missions will succeed?

Here is a post from Bible-daily.org from today.  This website encourages daily Bible reading, and this year will be reading with an emphasis on seeing the God of missions.  Follow along this year!

In Acts 1, Luke tells us that, “ In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”  

What commands did Jesus give right before he ascended?  In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  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,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Here is our mandate for missions.  Jesus has commanded us to go, to make disciples and to teach. And He promises to be with us, and not only that, HE has all authority and says that is the REASON we can go confidently.  HE is sovereign!

Jesus asked the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them with power, and then to go.  Acts 1:8 “ He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.  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.” 

  • God is sovereign over all missions!
  • God has given all authority to Jesus…ALL!
  • God has given us the promised Holy Spirit and power for missions!
  • He has promised to be with us in missions!
  • We are to GO as He has commanded…missions!

Would you like to be involved with missions this month in a very practical way?  VVMI has two trips to the Philippines this month of January, and while it is probably too late for you to go this month, you can give toward a strategic project that the teams will  be bringing over.  This project is an iMac computer system that will be used to produce God-glorifying, Gospel videos for unreached peoples in northern Luzon.  We are especially excited that some new children’s videos, “Deditos”, will be dubbed into more than a dozen languages in 2010.

To give toward this iMac project, send your donation to VVMI, PO Box 37, Austin, MN 55912 or by going to GiveMN.org and clicking on the Vernacular Video Mission International page and following the donation link.

 

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