“All stand under YHWH’s judgment. All can turn to YHWH and find his mercy. This surely has to be one of the most foundational elements of the Old Testament contribution to our theology of mission.
1) If it were not the case that all nations stand under the impending judgment of God, there would be no need to proclaim the gospel.
2) But if it were not for the fact that God deals in mercy and forgiveness with all who repent, there would be no gospel to proclaim.”
– Christopher J.H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative, p. 462