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8 First [proton] [men], I thank [eucharisteo] my [mou] God [theos] through [dia] Jesus [Iesous] Christ [Christos] for [huper] you [humon] all [pas], that [hoti] your [humon] faith [pistis] is spoken [kataggello] of
throughout [en] the whole [holos] world [kosmos]. KJV-Interlinear
8 First, I
thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being
proclaimed throughout the whole world. NASB
Getting the gospel and doctrine to the entire world in our present day, is a phenomenal opportunity, and is accomplishable when a few make the leap and invest in that effort. And because of that commitment, huge numbers of people have the opportunity to come to Christ and to their own personal spiritual life.
In our current day, communication to nearly everyone in the entire world can be virtually instant. Geographical boundaries and barriers, even language, are almost non-existent obstacles, due to smart phones, the internet, the abundance of translator devices, and the worldwide usage of English in one form or another.
Back in Pauls day, the method of communication was by means of verbal or travel, or letter. Written communication was extremely limited. But the Greek language was known and used by virtually everyone.
And so, even in that ancient time, and even without our technical resources, the gospel of Christ was spread throughout the known world. The spread of the gospel and doctrine was not instant, and often times took weeks to get from one place to another, but spread it did.
The faith that Paul refers to, is of the fundamental concept and principles of Christianity.
The city of Rome was the center of evil and opposition toward Christinaity, and yet it was also a growing center of Christianity.
Today, our entire world is a vast center of evil and growing opposition toward Christianity.
Back then, the gospel was spread by word of mouth from port to port, from village to village, from city to city.
Today, the gospel is spread by word of mouth by means of the internet and other various instant technologies.
But by either high tech or low, we all have God the Father, through Christ, to thank, for any and all methods of communication. With God, there is no such thing as an impossible barrier, no such thing as, ‘can’t be done.’ All things are possible because God does not depend on human resources, but by means of the very sovereign power that He alone possesses.
God does give us all the opportunity to participate, but that is a courtesy that inevitably demonstrates the genuineness, or lack of it, of ones commitment to the truth.
And even though not mentioned in this particular passage, there will be one more remarkable time of gospel spread, and that will be in the future during the Tribulation, when the entire world will be an unbelieving world, and yet the gospel will spread like wildfire, and even then in the face of far worse horrendous times than ever before.
So, if those people can spread the word, within the scope of their very limited environment, how much more so can we, in our high tech world?
Who will participate, and who will just have lip service?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.