IDENTIFYING THE BIBLE'S GREATEST MISSIONARY
To answer the first question, a missionary is one who is sent to communicate a particular message to a particular people on behalf of the God of the Bible. The word “mission” itself comes from a Latin word “missio”, which in its most ancient meaning referred to artillery that was “shot out” to a given target. Thus in the Old Testament, oftentimes the prophets were the ones sent by God to speak forth the message of salvation and repentance to the people. The term "prophet" in the original Hebrew refers to one "bearing forth" a message. In the New Testament, the original twelve disciples came to be called "the apostles" or the "sent ones" as the word translates from the Greek. These "Apostles of Christ" were directly called by Jesus, had witnessed His earthly ministry and post-resurrection appearances and did miracles in His name. (2 Corinthians 12:12) Though "Apostles of Christ" were a restricted group including the twelve and the Apostle Paul, another class of "sent ones" were called "Apostles of the church" and correspond to missionaries today who are laying new ground and expanding the frontiers of the Gospel. (see 2 Corinthians 8:23)
Though these are good suggestions, they are not even close. The greatest missionary in the Bible is none other than God Himself.
The salvation that begun in a garden would find its resolution in another Garden, the Garden of Gethsemene. In the first Garden Old Adam failed and refused to allign with God's will. At Gethsemene the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, alligned his human will with the Father's Divine will and agreed to pay for our salvation.
As we close out this post today, let us say: "Thank you Lord for being the Great Missionary!"