Discovering the All-Nations Vision
The Bible shows that God desires to dwell among His people and display His glory through them. After Adam’s fall, all the way to Revelation 22, we see our Creator’s passion to dwell once again with humanity, that He might be our God and that we might be His people.
Under the old covenant, God’s glory descended and filled the tabernacle. As the new covenant came into effect, the believers were “all together in one place… and great grace was upon them all” as God’s Spirit came and dwelt in the community of believers!
God still dwells in the midst of His people, with a focus on the local church—a community of His redeemed people demonstrating His gracious rule to their society. Our Father’s heart still yearns for this reality among every “tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
Through His Son’s triumphal death, God made possible what He promised in Genesis: that through Abraham’s descendant(s) blessing would reach all the nations! That’s still in progress today as people from new language groups meet the Lord Jesus, repent of their sins, surrender to Him, and are born again by His Spirit to walk in newness of life.
Communities of believers in every language group living out the Word of God
- “Believers,” because those redeemed by Jesus’ blood are people of individual faith.
- “Communities,” because God has designed that believers live out their faith together.
- “Every language group,” because He is worthy to be worshiped by the whole human race.
- “Living out,” because people set apart to God love to do His will and reflect His glory.
- “The Word of God,” because God has spoken. But without His Word in their language, how will they know what He has said, and how can they grasp that He said it to them?
That is why we at All-Nations do what we do. May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of His suffering, even if it be through our suffering.
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“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
“Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
“In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
“That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
“Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
“Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
“More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
“Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
“For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
“All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
“For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
"This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
"You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9,