19 Therefore, go and make taught ones of all the nations, immersing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Set-apart Spirit.”Institute for Scripture Research (ISR).
Of all nations. Are we all supposed to go to other ‘nations’? Does it count if we don’t go ourselves but help to send other’s?
Nations, the Greek word used is ‘ethnos’. This same word is translated at other times as Gentiles, nation, heathen, and people. The meaning carries with it the idea of a group of a like natured people. An ethnic group.
It could read as ‘While traveling, disciple all ethnic groups.’ How does that change your concept of this instruction?
This isn’t something YHWH/I Am/God has to call us to, it is something we accept as part of worshiping him. It doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go to another country. It does somewhat imply more than one person since a nation is a group, so it seems we should be seeking out a group of people to disciple. It could be in another country, or state, county, city. etc. But we don’t have to look far to find a like natured people, it could be a family, even our family.
Since we are already commissioned to disciple a like natured people group, what we might refer to as ‘being called to,’ is really God sharing with an individual the ethnic group He may want them to disciple.
Without the full understanding of what nation meant, I was of the mindset of as a follower, we should be discipling someone as well as being discipled by someone. Now, it seems it should be someones – meaning, more than one, a group.
How is this going to change how you see going into all the nations?