Missiology Through Scripture – Genesis 18:17-18

“The LORD said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?’” – Genesis 18:17-18

Abraham had a very special part to play in God’s plan to call the world’s tribes to himself. Abraham’s God given role in the Lord’s design for his elect warranted, by God’s reckoning, an equally special seat at the table for Abraham. God choose to lift up Abraham for a special purpose and thus, choose to include the Father of nations in his plans for Sodom’s destruction.

Abraham was not special because of anything in himself. He was a typical sinner, like every man before and after him. However, God’s chosen purpose for Abraham was great and a key component of God’s plan to reach the world with his perfect grace and mercy.

Through Abraham God will advance salvation for billions of men and women. God’s launch of the mission to reach the lost through Abraham gave our forefather a peek behind the curtain. Eugene Roop says, “Through Abraham’s chosenness God acts to promote life, not only for Abraham’s family but for all families. God’s soliloquy speaks of Abraham’s life-promoting role through the familiar promise language of this saga: ‘in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed.’”[1] Abraham, as the instrument of God, was designated to usher in the calling of God’s elect to himself.

God viewed Abraham as special because he was part of God’s plan. Abraham’s descendants share equal part in the divine plan to reach the lost. Descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, modern Christian disciples have received God’s promise he will use us to bless the nations. As heirs of Abraham, we play preordained and extraordinary parts in God’s plan to create a great and mighty nation among the people of the earth.

The nations are to be blessed through the work of Christians for God’s glory. As we go out in missions, evangelize our neighbors, or preach the word, modern disciples of the Lord are fulfilling God’s covenant with Abraham.

 

[1] Eugene F. Roop, Genesis, Believers Church Bible Commentary (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1987), 128.

About Mike

Mike, 48, grew up in rural, Northern California. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed Mission to the World (MTW)‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written two books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2008 to 2016 Mike served as a fulltime missionary with MTW's church planting team in La Ceiba, Honduras. Mike launched that ministry and served as the Team Leader most of his time in Honduras. Mike and his wife currently live in Central Africa where they launched yet another new missions ministry for MTW in Equatorial Guinea.
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