Lesson 13, “The End of God’s Mission,” concludes our study series and directs our focus to the fulfilled hope of the divine mission. This lesson explores the biblical vision of the new heavens and the new earth described in Revelation, emphasizing how God’s mission culminates in perfect redemption and reunion with believers. We are encouraged to explore the scriptural promises regarding the end of God’s mission and actively participate in spreading the Gospel to accelerate the coming of the Kingdom of God. The lesson underscores the importance of an inviting and supportive community actively working to welcome and disciple new believers. In this concluding lesson, we are encouraged to be passionate in our devotion to Christ and to advance God’s mission with hope and confidence.
13.1 Revelation: God’s End-Time Mission
Read Revelation 1:1–7. What signs do you see indicating that Revelation is focused on God’s mission in the end times?
The passage from Revelation 1:1–7 focuses on the revelation of Jesus Christ about the future and indicates several signs pointing to God’s mission in the end times:
God’s command to Jesus Christ: The passage emphasizes that God commanded Jesus Christ to show his servants what must happen according to God’s will. This suggests that Revelation reveals a divine mission regarding the future.
Prophetic words: In verse 3, it is stressed that blessedness applies to those who read, hear, and act upon the prophetic words of the book. This could indicate that Revelation is not merely a passive revelation but also a call to action in light of the impending events in the end times.
Imminent fulfillment: The text repeatedly emphasizes that the events will soon come to pass. This highlights the urgency of the message and could be interpreted as a sign of the immediacy of God’s mission in the end times.
The return of Jesus Christ: The mention of the return of Jesus Christ on the clouds in verse 7 is a central element. The idea that all people, including those who crucified Jesus, will see him underscores the eschatological significance and God’s end-time mission.
Grace and peace: The greetings to the seven churches and the mention of grace and peace from God, the seven spirits, and Jesus Christ could be considered signs of God’s mission of redemption and peace in the end times. Overall, the emphasis on prophetic revelation, imminent fulfillment, and the return of Christ suggests that Revelation addresses God’s mission in the end times and the forthcoming eschatological events.
Read Revelation 1:6 and 1 Peter 2:9. What do the titles mean for the redeemed in these verses?
Revelation 1:6 – He made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—to him be the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen! 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Both verses emphasize the special position of the redeemed and use titles that describe their identity and role in Christ:
Revelation 1:6: “Kings and Priests”
Kings: The title “kings” emphasizes the royal dignity and authority of believers. Through Christ, they are called to participate in his royal reign.
Priests: The title “priests” indicates that the redeemed have a special connection to God and are empowered to serve Him and intercede for others. This role as priests expresses closeness to God and the ability to engage in ministry.
1 Peter 2:9: “A Royal Priesthood”
This verse uses the expression “royal priesthood,” similar to Revelation 1:6, combining the idea of royal authority and priestly function.
Chosen race, holy nation, people for his own possession: These additional descriptions underscore the chosen, holy, and ownership relationship of the redeemed to God. In both verses, the special status of the redeemed as kings and priests, possessing royal authority and exercising a priestly function, is emphasized. These titles highlight the privileged position of believers in Christ and their destiny to play a significant role in God’s plan of redemption.
We are not only created by God but also redeemed by Him – and at an astonishing price. Why should this truth give us much hope, regardless of our situation?
The truth that we are not only created by God but also redeemed by Him offers immense hope, regardless of the current situation. Here are some reasons why this truth is so encouraging:
Value and significance: The fact that God created us and redeemed us at an astonishing price underscores our priceless worth. We are not randomly existing beings but intentionally desired and loved by God.
Love and grace: Redemption through Jesus Christ demonstrates the love and grace of God. Regardless of our mistakes and weaknesses, God is willing to redeem us and enter into a relationship with us. This love and grace provide hope even in challenging situations.
Forgiveness and new beginnings: Redemption means forgiveness and the possibility of a fresh start. No matter what mistakes we have made, redemption gives us the chance to begin anew and move towards a life in harmony with God’s intentions.
Divine care: The astonishing price of redemption, namely the sacrifice of Jesus, highlights God’s dedication to our well-being. This care gives us hope, knowing that God is not indifferent to our fate but actively interested in helping and guiding us.
Purpose and meaning: Redemption gives our life a deep purpose and meaning. We are not alone in this world but have a connection to God that fills our life with significance. This connection offers hope even when external circumstances are challenging.
Eternal life: The hope of redemption extends beyond this transient world. It promises eternal life in God’s presence, where there will be no more tears, pain, or darkness. Overall, the truth of creation and redemption by God gives us hope based on love, grace, forgiveness, care, purpose, and the promise of eternal life. Even in the most difficult life situations, we can trust in this truth and find comfort.