THE GREAT COMMISSION
Commission is a formal written warrant granting the power to perform various acts or duties. It is an authorization or command to act in a prescribed manner or to perform prescribed acts. Lastly, a commission is a group of persons directed to perform some duty. Before His glorious ascension, Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to spread the gospel. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20) This scripture is usually referred to as the Great Commission.
Jesus’s resurrection from the dead placed Him beyond mortality and human limitations, thus He possessed all authority on earth and in heaven. He himself in his resurrected glorified body did things like appearing in locked rooms, which indicated that he had broken barriers and limitations of humanity and now operated beyond that level. Authority defines and vests the right to use power; upon this, Jesus commands His followers to make disciples of all who will believe in Him.
The Great Commission beckons us to make disciples of people, not merely convince them. The word “make” suggests that God intends for us to literally build and mold people into what he desires for them to become in him. It draws inference from Genesis 1:26 where God in supreme authority decides to “... make man in our own image and likeness”. Discipleship means more than the convenience of church attendance or membership. A disciple attaches himself to a teacher, learns from him, both by listening and doing. A disciple lives with and serves his teacher. Discipleship demands that you totally surrender your identity, character, security, dreams and being.
Only eleven of the twelve disciples arrived in Galilee. Judas Iscariot was not present as he had committed suicide after his betrayal of Jesus. The love of money spurred Judas’ action and ultimately his death. We are admonished to be careful of our love of money; for where our treasure is, our heart will be also. (Matt. 6:21) The choice of Galilee was because it was the region of Jesus’s greatest ministry and Paul in 1 Corinth. 15:6 suggests that this last meeting was with more than the faithful eleven disciples.
Matthew 28:17 states, “When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” Not all who saw Jesus believed. To see Him, means to recognize Him and believe in Him. There can be individuals who attend church regularly without committing their hearts to God; though present in the house of God, in their hearts, they doubt the Word of God.
The principles of the Word of God must be taught and adhered to. The real command in the Great Commission is “make disciples”. The comprehensive demand is teaching “everything I have commanded you” Matt. 28:20. You are the only Bible those who do not know God can read. Love people and show them the love of Christ through adherence to His word. The miracle of salvation demands that we sow the seed of the word but the transformation of discipleship is a call of commitment, dedication, determination and a process that makes men become disciplined, focused and progressive in the way of Christ.
God wants to bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. God has given us the power to draw people to Jesus Christ and to make them disciples. We have assurance that God is always with us. As we maintain our work and commitment to making disciples; an unending cycle of working with commitment towards the expansion of the Kingdom, Jesus’ enduring promise is the never ending eternal and abiding presence. Thus we can enjoy a second baptism; the power of the Holy Ghost that will enable us do all things in Christ eternally. “I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” Matt. 28:20 (AMP) The promise of the eternal presence is tied into our obeying the assignment. May we act in accordance with the Great Commission. Selah & amen.