“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 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”
LIGHT FOR NOW: if a believer is not found involved in the training, evangelism and discipleship of men, he is not obeying Jesus.
By redemption, the believer has been positioned in Christ above principalities and power. And when Jesus said, “all power is given unto me in heaven and earth”, it implies the power to get men saved and never referred to any other power; that’s the power He bequeathed to us. “Heaven and earth” implies the dwelling place of God; what is being called “ the new creation”. It implies the union of God and man and that’s the authority Jesus now has. Genesis 1:1 refers to the spirit of God seeking to dwell in man. Genesis 1:3 “let there be light” implies God seeking to dwell in man’s heart – those who believe the gospel. So in what is being referred to as the great commission, captured in our theme text, Mark 16:15-20, John 20:21-23 and Luke 24:44-47, Jesus expects us to make disciples of all nations. He expects us to turn men into students of the word. The word, ‘student or disciple’ is gotten from the Greek: mathetueo which when translated implies a learner. What we are to teach them is the fulfillment of this prophecy (heaven and earth) which means God dwelling in a man. Therefore, if a believer is not found involved in training, evangelism and discipleship of men, he is not obeying Jesus.
It is within the great commission that the believer finds his purpose for living. The believer doesn’t find his purpose for living in his gender, country of living, career, marriage, tribe, business, academics etc. The believer’s purpose is tied to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Socalling the afore-mentioned things your purpose is a display of ignorance. The great commission which is getting men saved and turning them unto disciples is what makes the believer distinct in the world; and whatever the unsaved are doing cannot be our purpose for living. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15-18). Christ expects us to deliberately go out there and preach the gospel to get men saved. When we obey, God by His Spirit will work through us, confirming His word with signs following. Notice; “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (Mark 16:20). We must endeavour to share the gospel bearing in mind the power it bears, and the consciousness of the greater One who lives in you. Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” (Romans 1:16). The gospel is for everyone and it produces results in the life of anyone who hears and believes it. (Romans 10:14). Therefore, be bold to preach it everywhere and to everyone.
INSTRUCTION: Be intentional about your preaching of the Gospel
PRAYER: Father, I affirm that having realized my purpose here on earth, I deliberately preach the gospel to get men saved in Jesus Name, Amen!
QUOTE: the gospel is for everyone and it produces results in the life of anyone who hears and believes it.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: ROMANS CHAPTER 2