God’s Global Glory

The plan of God has never changed, and it is to display His glory globally through His people.
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There is a fuller glory to be displayed after the fall than before, but the world is in need of purification after the fall. This purification takes the form of baptism. Sure, the word baptize means to immerse, but do we see the pattern of immersion throughout the biblical story in relation to the need of purification? Yes…

The Abrahamic Covenant, or promise to bring glory to God throughout the world through His people is not a  new concept. In fact, this is the same charge given to Adam and Eve that would be realized through their children (posterity). Think about it this way. Adam, Eve, and their children were to bring the glory of God to the world. Israel and their children were to bring glory to God to the whole world (Nations). Neither of those went well, in fact they were somewhat impossible realities that pointed the way to the cross and spirit of God that would eventually ensure the plan of displaying God’s glory globally would be realized.

It would take the act of God and the promised spirit of God to insure that the children of God (throughout all nations) would bring about the glory of God in the whole world. 

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Jesus as Adam and the church as Eve would give birth to these children from scattered nations and lineages. Adam and Eve’s world went sideways, so God in His sadness immerses it into purification via the flood. Israel’s world went sideways, so God immersed them into the nations in exile. Christ, by his death and resurrection, immerses the children of God into his purifying death and resurrection to then do what Adam and Israel could not, immerse the world into His purifying holiness. The posture of Baptism and the most accurate acting out in prophetic theater is immersion.

Again…

Adam & Eve’s world would eventually be immersed in the waters of the flood as a purification to set them on the original path to God’s global gory…

Abraham’s world would eventually be immersed into the sea of the nations to set them on the original path to God’s global gory…

Jesus would eventually immerse the world in the spirit of God working in His people to set them on the original path to God’s global gory, but in this case, He insures, via His spirit, that it would be accomplished. Knowing He has accomplished the inauguration of the world being set to rights under His rule and reign, He tells His people to go and make the world Christian precisely because this is the original plan of God that is now guaranteed to succeed (Matt. 28:16-20). In fact, we even know when Christ will return, and it is closely attached to this very reality. Paul says to the Corinthian followers, “24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (1 Cor. 15:24-25).

The problem is that we believe in the mission of God much more than we do in the mission’s promised success…

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BY JOSHUA WHETSTINE – NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD CITY MISSIONARY FOR MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL.

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