Welcome to another episode on this blog and I believe you would be greatly blessed. Kindly open your heart to receive from God Himself even as you read through this awesome piece.
Today we’ll be treating a very important topic in the body of Christ, which is A NEW COMMITMENT TO THE GREAT COMMISSION. We’ll be dealing with understanding the commission and our responsibility as Christians. I know this topic isn’t new to majority and perhaps it’s new to you, I trust God that at the end of the piece, you’ll have an understanding of what the commission is and live it.
The Great commission as the topic says is the mandate Christ Jesus gave to his disciples to carry out when he was about leaving the planet earth. The Bible made us understand in 1Timothy 2:4 that it is the desire of the father that all be saved and a way to carry out the desire of the father is that the news of the Gospel (God’s saving power) be preached to all nations. Let me note here that it is because some people obeyed this command that you’re saved today and you also need to obey and carry it out for others to be saved.
What is this Commission?
Saint Mathew and Mark gave us a record of this commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV) 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 alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Mark 16:15-16 (KJV) 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
After the ministry of Jesus on Earth, the Bible made us understand that all power in heaven and Earth was given unto Him (read Ephesian 1, 2, 3, 4 to better understand what happened between his death and resurrection and His power) and in that power, he sent forth his disciples to go and make more disciples.
The word therefore means For that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated, in other words, the word of Jesus to the disciples is this: for this purpose (because all power and authority has been given to me), go ye into the world and preach the gospel, meaning your preaching of the gospel is based on the power that now resides in Christ, no wonder Paul called the gospel the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). You cannot underestimate the power behind the gospel, all you need to do is preach it. The reason why it keeps looking as if the gospel is not potent and lacks power to you is because you’ve not keyed yourself in to the sent word (read Luke 7:1-10 to better understand the power of the sent word) to go and preach it. Mark 16:19, say “these signs shall follow them that believe… “, if the signs the scriptures mentioned follow those that believe because you preach the gospel, imagine what greater power of God is available for you who preach the gospel to walk in.
Note: The end product of the preaching of the gospel is that men believe and are saved, so you don’t only carry out the commission by going to preach alone, you must also spend time to pray for the souls you’ve ministered to. Isaiah says
Isaiah 66:8 (KJV) Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
The NIV version made us understand that we’re to go and make disciples and not convert. Our commission from Christ Jesus is to go and make disciples of all nations. A disciple is different from a convert in the sense that a disciple is a follower of Christ Jesus who over time, consistently grow into maturity and God’s plan for his life while a convert is a person who believed Christ after the gospel has been preached; he’s a new creature that knows not his right from left but can grow up into maturity if properly followed up.
The process of making a disciple for Christ is to always teach them the word. The latter part of Mathew says… Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. The more you teach them the more they conform into God’s image and carry out His will per time.
Let’s check Act 1:8
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The disciples needed to receive the Holy Spirit before they commenced their kingdom assignment here on earth. The power mentioned in Act 1:8 isn’t the same with the one Jesus talked about in Matt 28:18. The power in Act 1:8 is Dunamis meaning ability, strength in other words Holy Ghost, while the power in Matt 28:18 is Exousia meaning Authority. However, the disciples needed this power to carry out the great commission. In Act 2, we were told of the wonderful things Peter did after he received the power of God, about 3000 souls were saved.
To the main emphasis in this text, “ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” You’re first a witness to your environment. Many people are waiting for global recognition before they preach the gospel, no, the secret to preaching the gospel globally is that you’ve preached it in your environment and you’ve seen people change positively through it. Then the news of your impact spread across nation.
Paul said in
Acts 26:20 (TLB) I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and through Judea, and also to the Gentiles that all must forsake their sins and turn to God–and prove their repentance by doing good deeds.
He first preached to those in Damascus before going on to Jerusalem. Your own Damascus is your environment, when you’ve successfully changed it through the gospel, you will then be able to preach to nations beyond. If you read down the chapter, you’ll recognize that even when he was put to trial, the main content of his speech was on the saving grace of Christ; how it has saved him and people to whom he has preached it.
Why should you Evangelize
Matthew 9:37-38 (TLB) “The harvest is so great, and the workers are so few,” he told his disciples.”… So pray to the one in charge of the harvesting, and ask him to recruit more workers for his harvest fields.”
- You evangelize because the Harvest is ripe and great: If you read from VS 36, Jesus referred to the crowd as sheep without a shepherd and went on to talk about how ripe and great the harvest is. There are many souls out there that are exactly an example of what Jesus said about the multitude. Many people are moving with no bearing for their life and all what they need to get a bearing is to hear and believe the gospel.
- It’s a command from our Savior Jesus Christ. Matt 28:20
- In it is found wisdom: Prov 11:30
I once had an experience of ministering to a brother about the gospel and on the instance he gave his life to Christ and he’s doing well in the faith. A brother of mine also shared with me his encounter with a lady he ministered the gospel to and how she also gave her life to Christ on the instance and grew up in the faith. I’ve never experienced such a rapid response and growth in the life of the convert in my evangelism experience but I did that day and understood better this scriptural verse. There are many people out there that are ripe for harvest the only thing they need is to hear is the gospel (which the laborers are to preach and we (the believers) are the laborers.
The Church today was birth out of the fact that the disciples carried out the mandate given to them by God and they handed it over to faithful men who faithfully passed it on to generations after them and we are partakers of the blessing of their obedience. Your sole responsibility is to Go and Preach the gospel. Your commitment to ensuring that the Gospel is preached is highly essential. You might not be able to comprehend what you’ll achieve supernaturally but believe me, it would be to God’s glory. Moreover, if you want to engage yourself in this kingdom act, the first step is by choosing to be obedient.
Romans 10:13-15 (TLB) Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.” In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News!
How can those people around you be saved unless they hear the gospel of Christ and how can they hear unless you go and preach the gospel to them. We all have been sent by our Lord Jesus Christ to go and preach the gospel, so go in the power of the sent word and see the miracle working power of God at work.
So your key responsibility is to Go and Preach the gospel and the Bible called the man that wins a soul wise. Proverbs 11:30 (TLB) Godly men are growing a tree that bears life-giving fruit, and all who win souls are wise.
Finally, 2cor 5:18 says, “… And hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation”. This is the ministry God has handed over to us who has experienced his favor, hence we are to make the unbelieving sinners understand the favor of God to them who believe in Christ Jesus. God bless you. If you have any questions, kindly let us know. See you again on Tuesday. Thank you.