The Great Commission
The Great Commission is a term that is thrown around in the church because it is mentioned in the bible but I think it is more important than we think. c
“The nations and peoples will be reached by means of believers opening their mouths and sharing the good news.” -John Piper-John Piper
What is the great commission?
There are multiple references in the bible for what the Great Commission is. The Great Commission is a command that was given by Jesus to the remaining 11 disciples as His last words before His death and resurrection which you can see in Matthew, Mark, and Acts.
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given to you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
“…Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” – Mark 16:15
“…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
We are called as followers of Christ to go and make disciples of all the nations. We are to spread the Good News, the gospel, to everyone. We will receive power from the Holy Spirit, and be witnesses telling people about Jesus everywhere.
In Acts 1:8 it states that we, as in believers of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, will receive the Holy Spirit. The same authority in heaven and on earth (Matt 28) is given to us through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has power! The word Therefore connects the power given to Jesus, to the instruction that Jesus is giving the disciples of going and making disciples of all nations. So everyone who receives the Holy Spirit has the same power that Jesus was given to go and be witnesses of the gospel.
There are four main takeaways from the Great Commission that we as believers should take note of. We are called to proclaim the gospel, We were given power from the Holy Spirit, We are to go out into all of the world and make disciples, and We have Jesus with us until the end of the age.
We are called to proclaim the gospel.
As christians, we are called to declare and proclaim the gospel (Mark 16:15) because He has called us out of the darkness into His wonderful light, (1 Peter 2:9). God our creator of the world has given us instructions. Whether new christian or “seasoned vet” christian we should be at minimum proclaiming the gospel. Showing the gospel to those in the darkness because you once were in the darkness and have been saved and have been given the Holy Spirit to lead you.
We were given power from the Holy Spirit
Mark 16:17 says that there will be signs that accompany those who believe: In Jesus’ name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will get well. These are all things that Jesus would perform and would be considered miraculous yet Jesus is saying that those who believe will have this power in JESUS’ name to go.
We are to go out into all of the world
There are over 30+ scriptures in the bible that tells us that God wants us to reach all of the nations with the gospel. God’s goal is to reach all of His people and He will accomplish this through His believers declaring and proclaiming the gospel to those who do not believe. People will hear His voice and they will follow (John 10:16). If we aren’t intentional about going outside of our homes or our churches, how will all of the world be reached? His word says through His believers. If we seek God about reaching the world, He will provide us with the things we need.
Jesus is with us until the end of the age
Jesus has promised to be with us until the end of the age Matt 28:20. This is the most comforting part of the Great Commission. He doesn’t just command us and leaves us to get the job done. He promises to stay with us during this journey. One of God’s names is Immanuel meaning “God is with us” and He promises to stay with us until the end.
So after understanding the Great Commission your next steps should always be to go in prayer. Ask God to mold your heart for reaching the nations. To accept the power that has been given to you through the Holy Spirit and to lead you into the world for His glory. Whether that means your neighborhood, your city, across the country, or across the globe. God will lead you to where He has called you to go.
John Piper Quote: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/is-the-great-commission-for-every-individual-christian
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