Victory is won in Christ

June 30, 2017 at 5:00 AM

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A nurse in the Democratic Republic of Congo conducts a lab test at Dr. Hyacinthe Tudiabioko's clinic in Kinshasa.  (Photo by Dr. Wrede Vogel)
 

Victory is won in Christ 

By Nathan Stob

In Matthew 24 Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the end times. He tells them that one thing which must happen is that the “Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Don’t you love the implications of this? This passage means that nothing can ultimately get in the way of world missions. It means that no matter how many setbacks there are and how many individual battles are lost, the outcome of the ultimate victory has been decided.

This is good news as we receive regular reports of difficulty from around the world. There are things that happen within Luke Society ministries that seem to take the focus off evangelism for a season.  New government regulations must be dealt with, a natural disaster strikes a key city causing panic and disruption, key staff from Luke Society ministries get sick or even pass away. 

The apostle Paul writes of a similar setbacks in his letter to the Thessalonians. He writes how he “wanted to come to you [the Thessalonians]…but Satan stopped us.” In this passage Paul experienced a disruption of his plans that seemed to hinder the growth of the Gospel message.

However, because of promises like that of Matthew 24:14 we know that the Great Commission will not be stopped by Satan’s attacks.

What hopeful news this is as Luke Society ministry directors labor around the world, as donors give and as prayer partners pray. The victory has been won in Christ!

There is coming a time when all of the preaching and giving and prayers will cease and as Psalm 86:9 says: “all the nations [God] has made will come and worship before [Him].”

 

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