The Purposes for Making God known: Making the way of salvation known (among all ethnic groups)

We are commanded many times in the Bible to tell of God’s
salvation. The Israelites in the Old Testament were commanded to
tell of all his wonderful acts (See Psalm 67; 145). The revelation
about the gospel of God was not complete in the Old Testament, but
now that we have the full revelation of God in the New and Old
Testaments, we ought to tell of his wonderful acts all the more.
God’s glory has been revealed in the life and death of Jesus Christ; it
would be a crime against God not to tell of His salvation. We know
that there is salvation in no other, among men, than Christ (See Acts
4:12). We know that there is only one Mediator between God and
man (Read 1 Timothy 2:3-4), which is Christ, and we know that there
is only one way to the Father and it is through Christ (See John 14:6).
To ignore this fact and to keep silent about this reality would be a
grievous sin! 
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to
day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works
among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be
praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the
peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are
in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before
him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
(Psalms 96:1-7, 9 ESV)
God has chosen in His sovereignty to save his elect from every tribe,
nation, and language group (see Revelation 5:9; 7:9) by using means.
And those means are the prayers of his people and the proclamation
of the gospel. God commands all men everywhere to repent because
He has fixed a day in which he will judge the living and dead by a
man whom He has appointed (See Acts 17:30-31). God has

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overlooked the times of ignorance in ages before Jesus came to
earth. But now repentance and remission of sins should be
proclaimed in the Name of Jesus to all ethnic groups (Read Luke
24:47,48). 
The goal of evangelism is that all people on the earth hear about the
good news of Christ. Not all people will believe, or repent of their
sins, or embrace and cherish the life-saving message of Christ. Yet
the offer of salvation should be made to all people because that is
how God has appointed that people will be saved from their sins.
Part of the Armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-18 is the readiness to
proclaim the gospel of peace. Are you ready and willing to do this?
Are you wearing the shoes of readiness? Are you going on the
offensive to proclaim the message? Woe to us if we keep the
message to ourselves! May God forgive us for our sloth in this
enterprise. Moreover, may God get us out of our comfort-zones.  He
has a people among all the peoples of the earth. We see this very
clearly in the Book of Revelation, where we get a glimpse of heaven:
“And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the
scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your
blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and
language and people and nation, and you have made them a
kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the
earth.”” (Revelation 5:9-10 ESV)
God has sheep that are not yet in his kingdom and He must gather
them as well (See John 10:16), and He does this through the church,
believers in Him. They are those who pray for the lost and preach
and share the gospel wherever they go. It is necessary for us to
proclaim the gospel: general revelation in nature cannot convince
people of their need of a Savior. Our prayers alone cannot show
people the Savior; we must go and tell. People cannot hear our
prayers in prayer meetings or when we are alone. Our good deeds
and our kindness and our longsuffering, although particularly

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important to adorn the gospel of God, cannot save people. We need
to proclaim the gospel!
  “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not
believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they
have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone
preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach
the good news!’So faith comes from hearing, and hearing
through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:13-15, 17 ESV)
Will you go and tell those who have never heard the gospel?
According to missiologists more than a billion people have never
heard the true gospel of Christ. How will the elect of God be saved
unless someone goes and tells? The goal of evangelism is to fill the
face of the earth with the glorious gospel of Christ, as the waters
cover the sea. No one should go to hell unless they have been prayed
for and unless they have been told of the way of salvation. God is
just and holy and people who go to hell will go there because of their
rebellion and sin. But let us bow down to the King of kings and let us
diffuse the fragrance of the knowledge of God in every place (See 2
Corinthians 2:14-16). For some it will be an aroma of death to death,
but for those who believe it will be an aroma of life and of great
delight. May we go and tell the wondrous story of God’s love and
salvation. God gets glory and is magnified when we tell “the old, old
story”. Let no one tell you the proclamation of the gospel is just for
mature Christians and pastors. God has commanded all Christians to
proclaim the gospel, to small and great, to the poor and to the rich,
to young and old, to the educated and uneducated (See Romans
1:14): God reigns!