"Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen"
After the resurrection of Jesus Christ, he appeared to his disciples with a commission that would become a global assignment with the participation of all who would become believers in Him then, now and for generations to come, until such time the mission has been completed. Through our lesson we will discover the importance of fulfilling this commission.
COMMANDER OF THE COMMISION
The charge given to the disciples was by the Master, Jesus Christ himself who is the “Son of God,” the “Creator” who being made head over all things, had a right to all things including his people:
Because he has been given power over all flesh (John 17:2), that means he has the authority to give authority. This dominion was already seen in a vision by Daniel in chapter 7:13-14.
DETAILS OF THE COMMISION
The first part of the charge was to "Go." But where do we go? - To all nations of the Jews and Gentiles who are lost, whether they are next door, across the street or down the street, we must go. If God is sending you over town or out of town, then go. The commission given to disciples of Christ is the foundation of our authority to go and spread the good news of a resurrected life that had come with an invitation to eternal life.
During the time of Christ's disciples, many Jews had thought that the invitation would be limited to their nation only. But, by the grace and mercy of our Father in heaven, and through the death and resurrection of his Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the wall of partition between the Jews and the Gentiles was broken down, and therefore now does Christ commission his disciples everywhere, regardless of your location, background or color to go and bring to the “world” the knowledge of himself.
As Christ did not limit the gift our salvation to some, we also should not show favoritism. Remember, Jesus has the right and the authority to extend an open invitation of eternal life to anyone who believes from the heart with a confessing mouth, that he was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-10), just as you have the right to invite anyone you wish to your private events.
The second part of the charge was to "teach, “disciple or make disciples" of all wherever you go, instructing them of what was taught to you concerning the doctrines of the Christ. Make disciples that they also "go" and make disciples of others creating a worldwide domino effect, thus successfully fulfilling the worldwide mission at hand with "Each One, Reaching One".
The third part of the charge was "baptize." What is baptism? - Baptism is water applied directly to a professed believer of Christ by either emerging a person into a body of water, or by sprinkling water upon the head as part of a sacrament or religious ceremony, by which he is initiated or enrolled into the invisible church of Christ, while expressing a willingness to devote one's self to God.
By whose name do we baptize?
So to be baptized in the name of the Father, or unto the Father, means by a significant rite, to publicly receive his system of religion, to bind your soul to obey his laws, to be devoted to him, to receive him as the guide and comforter of your life, to receive his instructions, and to trust to his promises.
The Sacred Trinity - Thus the whole meaning may be expressed as "Baptizing them unto the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by a solemn profession of the only true religion, and by a solemn consecration to the service of the sacred Trinity. The union of these three names in the form of baptism proves that the Son and Holy Spirit are equal with the Father.
THE MESSAGE OF THE MISSION
Repentance and Remission of Sins:
POWER FOR THE MISSION
Jesus has promised to be with His disciples always (Matthew 28:20) counseling them, guiding them and strengthening them. Although you will encounter many troubles and challenges along the way, yet Christ will be with you!
This proves that Christ is divine. If he was only a man, or a creature, though of the highest order, how could he promise to be “with” his disciples “always,” or at all for that matter? If he was “with them” always, he was God - for no creature could thus be present with many people scattered in different parts of the world, a thought we will leave with you to ponder.
THE GOAL OF THE MISSION
Although this commission was only given to the disciples in their time, this was a commission that would over time be given to all those who would become professed believers in Christ from all over the world, to share in this worldwide mission. As every business or organization has a mission, so it is within Christ's visible church. With every member of his church doing their part in the areas of which they live, or have been assigned, the mission will be successfully accomplished.
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.