Why the Unreached?
Missions is the theme of the Bible. It’s about God demonstrating His glory and reaching out to people to come into fellowship with Him. It’s about people having the opportunity to respond by believing God and proclaiming His glory to others. The “unreached” are language groups of people who have not yet heard the Good News.
All 66 books point men to the Living Creator God. We were created to have a dynamic relationship with the Living God, to recognize His glory and proclaim it. The best thing that could happen to any person is that they should know Him, join Him in intimate fellowship, walk in obedience to His ways, worship Him alone and labor to declare His glory where He is not known among men. He is the ultimate treasure!!! (2 Cor. 4:1-15)
A Biblical theme of God’s design is that those who know Him declare His glory to those who do not. A repeated call is that His name should be declared to the most remote parts of the earth. (Psalms 96)
At the end of the age there will be people giving Him glory, saying to Christ, “You have redeemed us by your blood from every tongue, tribe, people and nation.” (Rev. 5:9)
God’s chosen method to fulfill this is through those who know Him intentionally telling those who do not. About 2500 of the least reached people groups, the tribes, have not yet been told of God’s grace through Jesus Christ. Romans 10 tells us that faith comes by hearing the word of God which is spoken by messengers who are sent. (Romans 10:9-17)
The Glory of God –
The greatest reason to reach unreached people groups with the Gospel is because the glory of God demands it. His grandeur compels declaration! His lavish grace through Christ demands that all men should know of it. His love moves us. He is worthy of the declaration of His glory among all ethnic groups. His Word commands us to go to the ends of the earth. The greatest commandment – to love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength – insists that we align our hearts with His values, the people He holds dear and the work He has given to us to do. (Matthew 22:36-40)
Loving People –
The Second greatest commandment is that we love our neighbor as ourselves, as demonstrated by the activities of the Good Samaritan. Loving other people means that we go out of our way to engage them about their needs. Their greatest need is to know and love the Source of all hope, healing, health, wealth, power, wisdom, knowledge and eternal life. Introducing them to our Savior is the very best thing we could do for them. Unreached people groups, remote tribes, have no other access to truth than through Christians who will intentionally go, and/or send, someone to tell them.
The Condition of the Lost –
Lost means not knowing where to turn or not knowing the right way. Lost means moving without direction or fulfilling purpose. For remote people it means not knowing what is true and not knowing the way to find out what is true. When all men of a tribe are murderers because they believe murdering someone is the right thing to do, then they are lost. When women let their newborn babies die from hypothermia in a puddle of cold water because of a belief that touching the baby before certain conditions are met, then they are lost, not knowing what is true. Lost means not knowing the way. Spiritually lost people do things that are destructive, not knowing what God has revealed to us about what is true, what is good and what is the right way to live. Lost people destroy themselves and the people around them. The Bible has some very well-written descriptions of daily life without God. —
“No one does good, not a single one. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace. They have no fear of God at all.” (Romans 3)
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-21)
They do not have to live this way but they do not know how to escape this pattern of living. The truth of God’s Word will set them free!
The Destiny of the Lost
- – Eternity is a long time to be separated from all that is good.
- – “… it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Hebrews 9:27
- – “And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15
- – “Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life. I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. (1 John 5:9-11)
Grace Given Through Jesus
Because of God’s grace toward us, we pass on the knowledge of God’s grace to others. A holy God whose standard is perfect righteousness, cannot accept the helplessly imperfect sinners. Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, lived a perfectly sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect substitute on behalf of the helplessly sinful sinners. He rose again from the dead, proving that the price He paid on behalf of sinners was accepted by the Father. By faith, by believing testimony of what has already been accomplished, we who are full of sin appropriate His salvation, His forgiveness, and are clothed in Christ’s own perfect righteousness.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God which is spoken by messengers who are sent. This is why we work to reach the unreached tribes. They have not yet heard of God’s grace through Jesus. As the ambassadors of Christ, ministers of reconciliation carrying the message of reconciliation, we are to go to all people, asking them to be reconciled to God. (2 Cor. 4 & 5) The unreached have not heard and have no means to hear. We must tell them!
See also – Bible Basis