By George W. Peters
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Much of it is of considerable value, much is of little profit, and much is definitely detrimental to the cause of Jesus Christ. Soundly biblical material is scarce and remains a challenge to the theologian in tune with the purpose and program of God. MISSIONARY THEOLOGY AND THE CLAIMS OF CHRISTIANITY Christianity claims to be the religion of absolute fulfillment and finality. In Christianity all the Old Testament promises and types find their completion, and all the religious needs and spiritual anticipation of mankind are fulfilled.
Second, in the Old Testament there is a universality in which Israel becomes the mediator between God and the nations. This in no way interrupts the original comprehensive purpose and intent. Rather, it is God's method of mediating Himself to the world. God is still the God of mankind; He is the God of all nations. Israel, however, is to be the priesthood of God among the nations to mediate God's revelation, salvation and purpose. This inclusive intent is maintained throughout Old Testament history, as we shall see more fully in the coming pages.
We are moving first into the historio-existential (Mark), next into the scriptural and revelational (Matthew), next into the universal history (Luke), and finally into the cosmic and metaphysical (John). Time and eternity, heaven and earth are spanned in Christ, and God and man become reconciled. We have the portraits of Christ as the Prophet of God and the Servant of Jehovah in Mark, as the Messiah of God and King of kings and Lord of lords in Matthew, as the Priest of God and Saviour of mankind in Luke, and as the Son of God in truth and reality who comes to bring life and immortality to man in John.
A Biblical Theology of Missions by George W. Peters