All You Nations

22 05 2012

1 Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!

2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, And the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever, Praise the Lord! 

 – Psalm 117

1 αλληλουια αἰνεῖτε τὸν κύριον πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ἐπαινέσατε αὐτόν πάντες οἱ λαοί

2 ὅτι ἐκραταιώθη τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ ἐφ’ ἡμᾶς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια τοῦ κυρίου μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα

– Psalm 117

 

By the Spirit (Gen. 1), God in Christ, has created all the nations. God in Christ Jesus is of course interested in all the nations. Indeed in Christ, God has redeemed the nations, through Jesus death and resurrection. Now in the ascension of Jesus Christ, the nations are seated in heavenly places, “in Christ”.

We have a human being who represents us there, at the right hand of God. The human being Jesus, is spatially somewhere!! His humanity was not reabsorbed into the Godhead. Jesus the man did not somehow “throw off” his manhood, and revert to the pre-incarnation situation of the Son of God; he remains Man and truly man, forever. And we are in Him. He is also truly God, truly the Son of God.

In Christ! This is the true destiny of the nations – redeemed in Jesus Christ. To opt for hell is a strange and shocking option folks.  Therefore, change your mind about God, have faith in him, for he is good. Turn to him anew in trust, and in sincere thankfulness for his redemptive plan. He bore our sins, took our guilt upon himself, he bore away our unbelief, and in his crucifixion, bore the judgment of this tragic sin. He did this in his abandonment! While we were still enemies of God, he entered into our hell, and bore the judgment of God’s ‘no’ upon our evil. This is love. This is grace. This is the action of the God of grace.

Begin, therefore, to live as One who has – by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling – been forgiven fully, and given the gift of eternal life. Receive the Holy Spirit, none less than God himself, indwelling, abiding in your life, thoughts, mind and human heart. Come into God’s Presence as one wholly sanctified. 

Hey all you nations – Praise the Lord! 

You Australians, Praise the Lord!

中国,赞美主!  (哈利路亚赞美主)

Μπορείτε Έλληνες  αλληλουια αἰνεῖτε τὸν κύριον

Voi italiani! Lodate il Signore!

Ju shqiptarët! Lavdëroni Zotin!

Siz Türkler! Allah’a şükretmek!

Bạn Việt! Ngợi khen Chúa!

شما ایرانی ها! ستایش پروردگار!

Wewe Waafrika! Bwana asifiwe!

Usted peruanos! Alabado sea el Señor!

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