And in this way, dear fellow laborer in the Gospel, you can play a vital role in…
FULFILLING GOD’S END-TIME PLAN
“THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE”
Jesus told His disciples that at the end of the age the world would face a time of great distress and difficulty (2 Tim 3:1). Fear, hatred and greed would cause the nations of the world to war against one another. The “last days” will be dark days indeed (see Matthew 24; Luke 21).
There is a bright hope, however, for the Christian Church:
It shall be in the last days, says God, ‘that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh… and it shall come to pass, that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:17, 21).
These verses, quoted from Joel 2:28-32 in Peter’s sermon signify the Church age starting on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out. This age will end in the climatic events of the apocalypse.
This teaches us that more people are going to hear the Gospel and be saved in the last days than at any other time in history. There is going to be a great end-time revival as the light of the Gospel shines into the darkness of a dying world. God always brings a “warning” and a “witness” before times of great judgment.
For this reason, God desires to unify the Church in Her worship, work, warfare and witness. Revival will come only as Christ’s power and glory are revealed by His Body throughout the world.
“I pray … that they all may be one… that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20, 21);
“…and this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14).
“FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD…”
“Reconciliation” is a beautiful and wonderful word. It means “to bring together in peace those who have broken fellowship with each other”. When man sinned, he opposed God and came under the control of His enemy – Satan. To disobey God is sin. And sin separates us from God and makes us His enemies.
God, in His grace, wants to forgive us our sins and bring us back into His family. In short, He wants us to be “reconciled” unto Himself and be at peace with Him. That is why He sent His Son in to the world to die for our sins. God wants to be our Father; He wants to be our Friend!
Yes, reconciliation is a word filled with holy wonder. It is spoken from the very heart of God Himself. It tells us of His love and grace for all mankind. It speaks of His desire to bring all the nations of the world unto Himself.
Nations are made up of people, and God loves people -even people who have sinned and sought their own will and way. Through sin, man lost his way with God and became His enemy. Through Christ, God seeks to bring the whole world back into a right relationship with Himself.