By George W. Peters
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It is my hope that this will contribute rather than subtract from the value of the writing. I owe much to some of my professors who molded my thinking. I am grateful to Dr. David Strathy Dix, late principal of St. Andrew's College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who introduced me more fully to the glory of the "kingdom of God" concept which spans the revelation of God in the Bible like a rainbow and overarches the chasm between time and eternity, earth and heaven, man and God; to the Reverend William Bestvater, who first made the Bible dear to me and introduced me to the principle of progressive revelation in the Bible and who opened my eyes to the glory of the church of Jesus Christ, to the total program and plan of God through the ages and future glory and mission of Israel; to the Reverend Abram Unruh who taught me many deeper truths of the Word and who unfolded the concept of Heilsgeschichte to me in a remarkable way.
Theologically we may make the following distinctions : Ideal universality speaks of God's gracious provision of salvation in Christ for all men. It is implied in the fact that "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself" (2 Co 5:19), that "Christ is the propitiation ... for the sins of the whole world" (1 Jn 2:2), that "God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (Jn 3:17), that Christ is the Lamb of God who took away "the sin of the world" (Jn 1:29).
It is all-inclusive, all-regulative and totally normative. Such total jurisdiction is not merely legalistic but also existential. It is a matter of subjective moral persuasion, mental renewal and volitional redirection which generates spiritual appreciation, moral dynamic and joyous obedience. " Christianity further claims completeness and finality as a revelation of God, His work and His purpose. It expects no modifications, additions, corrections or supplementations. Here God is truly and as fully, clearly, and absolutely revealed as He can be perceived by man or as He is needed by man to bring him perfect satisfaction, fulfillment, and existential realization of all human potentialities.
A Biblical Theology of Missions by George W. Peters