Significance of Pentecost for the Nations

Loraine Boettner writes in his book on Divine Predestination the following:

The fact that, in the providential working of God, some men are left without the Gospel and the other means of grace virtually involves the principle set forth in the Calvinistic doctrine of Predestination. We see that in all ages the greater portion of mankind has been left destitute even of the external means of grace. For centuries the Jews, who were very few in number, were the only people to whom God was pleased to make any special revelation of Himself. Jesus confined His public ministry almost exclusively to them and forbade his disciples to go among others until after the day of Pentecost (Matt 10:5-6; Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:4). Multitudes were left with no chance to hear the Gospel, and consequently died in their sins. If God had intended to save them undoubtedly he would have sent them the means of salvation. If he had chosen to Christianize India and China a thousand years ago, He most certainly could have accomplished His purpose. Instead, they were left in gross darkness and unbelief.

What happens then at the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is that the gospel is going to impact the entire world that at one time was deservedly in darkness due to their sin both original and active. The gospel is “also for the Greek” is an astounding statement. Or at least it should be read with such awe, joy, and wonder in light of Scriptural teaching.