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When God's Word is Preached, It Gives a Testimony to all the Nations

When God's Word is Preached, It Gives a Testimony to all the Nations

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When God's Word is Preached, It Gives a Testimony to all the Nations
Matthew 24:14 — “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." We want to consider this week another important role that God has given to the preaching of His Word - to be a testimony to all the nations. We know from Romans 1:18-20 that all men are already without any excuse for unbelief, and under the wrath of God, because even though God has given a sufficient testimony of His being and His character in creation, we willfully persist in our unbelief. Now look at our text. Here is an additional testimony from God and it takes the form of the preaching of the Gospel of the kingdom. Why has God provided an additional testimony of Himself? Why is He determined that it should be proclaimed to all mankind? There are at least three reasons - first that all may hear of His mercy in Christ, and His willingness to receive all who will turn from their sins and trust the work of Jesus alone for their salvation. His character is magnified and glorified in this free offer of redemption and salvation through the work of Jesus. The second and third reasons lie in the response of fallen man to the testimony, though. He is determined to save a vast multitude of fallen mankind and the means he has chosen, as we have seen, is the preaching of the Gospel. God is glorified in those who hear this message and respond to it with repentance from sin and faith in Jesus Christ. They believe the testimony of God in creation and in Word. The grace of God in saving such undeserving wretches is displayed to all, and He receives praise and glory. For those who do not believe the message preached in the Gospel, however, their situation is far worse. They have rejected the twofold witness that God has given of Himself. They have turned away not just from the knowledge of God in creation, but from the revelation that He is willing to be gracious and merciful to those who repent and believe in Jesus, and become His obedient servants. In their case, God is glorified in having sincerely offered them mercy, and He is glorified in the just punishment they then receive for their multiplied sins - not least their obstinate and willful unbelief in the face of such testimony. We need to understand, then, that when God's Word is preached, He is providing testimony to the nations, and matters of eternal consequence are taking place. Everyone should want to be present at a place where such things are happening! Believers, to praise Him for His mercy and grace to you, and unbelievers, because this is the place to seek that same mercy and grace for yourselves, recognizing that if you persist in unbelief, your punishment will be greater for having rejected this gospel testimony from God. Behold the kindness and severity of God in these matters of belief and unbelief! (Romans 11:20-22).

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