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The Great Commission and The Authority

The Great Commission and The Authority

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 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  –  18 When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.  “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”

The “Great Commission” as spoken by Jesus.  This fundamental passage has to be at the core of all a Christian does and all any group of Christians do no matter if they are a church, a part of a church, a para-church organization or a group of Christian friends.  At all levels this is your mission statement, your calling and should becomes the basic foundational drive of all you do as a believer.

The message is very basic, but can often become lost in the systems and plans of groups and individuals in a way that many individuals feel this is not for them to do because it is not their job.  The fact is that the way this statement was made and how this passage reads it is clear that every individual is called by Jesus to do this by the power and the guidance of Christ Himself.

The first statement here is the fact that

Matthew 28:18 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  –  18 When Jesus came near, he spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

What is this “authority” and how is it relevant.  Lets start with the word authority as defined in the dictionary:

› the power to control or demand obedience from others:

› An authority is someone with official responsibility for a particular area of activity:

Using this definition from the dictionary, Jesus has the responsibility for some area or areas of activity and has the power to control or demand obedience from some group.  What areas of activity and who He is controlling or demanding obedience from will be defined by whatever He says next and the context.

In context Jesus is speaking to the eleven disciples that were to be the catalysts of what would become the church.  The people to whom He is speaking directly are the fathers of every Christian church.

Matthew 28:19 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  –  19 So wherever you go, make disciples of all nations: Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

They are instructed to “go make disciples.”   In this translation the idea is also tied to being “wherever you go.”  The instruction here is for them to not only go to everywhere on the earth to make something called disciples, but to do that everywhere they go.

The area of responsibility that Jesus has been given can be seen as two distinct areas from what we have read so far:  the first is obvious because the passage said it:  all authority in heaven and earth” which includes the entire world.  The second is clearly and more directly to those who are His disciples (in this case the ones He is speaking to).

The responsibility that He is delegating is for each of them to do their part in making more disciples.  They are the instruments that He will use to exercise His authority as well as being subjects of His authority.

Then, these disciples are told to take the people that are willing to become disciples like them and have them make an outward expression of being under this authority by being baptized.  These disciples will not only learn new things will be washed of the old and brought into the new way of living that is voluntarily living under Christ’s authority.

Matthew 28:20 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  –  20 Teach them to do everything I have commanded you.  “And remember that I am always with you until the end of time.”

Here we find the definition of what a disciple is and what it means to make one.  A disciple is a person who is taught TO DO everything that Jesus taught the Disciples He is talking to here to do.

The big teaching being the teaching given in the context of this statement:  The teaching to go and wherever you go make disciples that get baptized and do everything that Jesus has commanded those disciples because of his authority over the world and over each person in it.

For most people, there is some limiting factor to our ability to do this and for some of us this seems impossible or as if our job is to just give support to the others that do this.

While there is something to be said for that, the truth is that each person who is truly a disciple is to go and wherever you go you are to make disciples in the manner outlined here.  If that seems impossible, then that is awesome.  That simply means you understand the fact that you cannot do it.  If you could do it on your own power then what would you need God for.  It is His authority that you are exercising, not your own.  It is his power that you are exercising, not your own.

This is the core component of our relationship with Jesus is living this out.  This is to love Him and be a disciple of His.  Sitting in a building full of people who believe in Jesus, giving money or other support to others who do this, and such things are great and are amazing expressions of your belief, but are not what you are told here to do.   That is not the “go” or the “everywhere you go” that Jesus taught his disciples to teach their disciples of Him that they would teach.

There are places and people that you as an individual are the person Jesus has put in place to spread his “authority” over.

This actually is impossible for you and is outside of what you are wired to do.  That is why you need Jesus.  This is the point:

REMEMBER THAT JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH YOU UNTIL THE END OF TIME!

Matthew 24:23-36 (End Times Study) FILLED IN

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S = ScriptureMatthew 24:23-36 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

23“At that time don’t believe anyone who tells you, ‘Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ 24False christs and false prophets will appear. They will work spectacular, miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen. 25Listen!  I’ve told you this before it happens. 26So if someone tells you, ‘He’s in the desert!’ don’t go out looking for him. And don’t believe anyone who says, ‘He’s in a secret place!’ 27The Son of Man will come again just as lightning flashes from east to west. 28Vultures will gather wherever there is a dead body.

29“Immediately after the misery of those days, the sun will turn dark, the moon will not give light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the universe will be shaken.  30“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. All the people on earth will cry in agony when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky with power and great glory. 31He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and from every direction under the sky, they will gather those whom God has chosen.

32“Learn from the story of the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and it sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 33In the same way, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the door.

34“I can guarantee this truth: This generation will not disappear until all these things take place. 35The earth and the heavens will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

36“No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows.

E = Explanation[fill in here with what it says in your own words]

All of the end of the world coming talk is fine because we are all to expect Jesus to return at any time.  Picking a date or saying you know when it is going to happen is not in line with this passage and makes the person saying it a false prophet or false christ.

The way we will know the time has come is because the suddeness of it and how overwhelming to the whole world Jesus’ return is.  The sun and moon will even go dark and stars will fall out of the sky.  at that time we will know the date.

A = Application[fill in here with what it is saying you should do differently as a person]

I am going to try to look at each day with praise for God that we have another day yet also live each day like it is the last day because one of them will be.  I will try to live each day with both joy and urgency.

This Weeks Study – Matthew 24:23-36 (End Times Study)

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S = ScriptureMatthew 24:23-36 (GOD’S WORD Translation)

23“At that time don’t believe anyone who tells you, ‘Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ 24False christs and false prophets will appear. They will work spectacular, miraculous signs and do wonderful things to deceive, if possible, even those whom God has chosen. 25Listen!  I’ve told you this before it happens. 26So if someone tells you, ‘He’s in the desert!’ don’t go out looking for him. And don’t believe anyone who says, ‘He’s in a secret place!’ 27The Son of Man will come again just as lightning flashes from east to west. 28Vultures will gather wherever there is a dead body.

29“Immediately after the misery of those days, the sun will turn dark, the moon will not give light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the universe will be shaken.  30“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. All the people on earth will cry in agony when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky with power and great glory. 31He will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and from every direction under the sky, they will gather those whom God has chosen.

32“Learn from the story of the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and it sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. 33In the same way, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the door.

34“I can guarantee this truth: This generation will not disappear until all these things take place. 35The earth and the heavens will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

36“No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son don’t know. Only the Father knows.

E = Explanation[fill in here with what it says in your own words]

A = Application[fill in here with what it is saying you should do differently as a person]

Philippians 1:5-11 Study – Filled in

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S = Scripture:  Philippians 1:5-11

E = Explanation

  •  There is a connection between believers that are unified in the message of Christ that is very special. 
  • Together (as the church) an individually God has begun making changes in each one of us and will continue that working in each one of us until whatever goal he has for each one of us is reached. 
  • No matter what is going on or how bad things may look those who are in Christ have God’s favor.  That means that if a situation does not feel like a blessing we are probably there to bring the blessing into that situation.  (If we have the light of God and find ourselves in darkness, God probably did not allow us to be in darkness to be sad because it is dark, but probably has us there to shine the light we have for others benefit).
  • Knowledge and insight is supposed to grow into love and it is something to seek and pray for.  Growing this love is key to being “blameless until the day of Christ”
  • Jesus can produce in us everything that comes from God’s approval which implies that there is no other way to get these things.  Once a person possesses these things from God’s approval, THEN it is possible to bring glory and praise to God.

A = Application

I am going to pray for more knowledge and insight that leads to the God kind of love that comes from Christ and brings God’s approval.

Bible Study filled out on John 1:25-34

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Scripture:   

John 1:25-34 

Explanation:

The general subject of the passage seems to be authority and power.

John himself is the initial focus of the conversation at first, but he redirects the focus to the one who was coming who would be greater in power and authority.  That person was a person God had told him would come and who turned out to be Jesus.

The first point John makes is that there is importance in water baptism as he has been sent by God to do.  He then describes a more important baptism of the Holy Spirit that the one who was coming after him was going to do.

John describes seeing Jesus and feeling that he was “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  For those listening to John at the time, this description would bring up thoughts of the scapegoats, the yearly sacrifices done on the Day of Atonement by the High Priest for the whole nation.  John is describing Jesus as that sacrifice for the whole planet. (info about Scapegoating)

Then John progresses to the idea that Jesus is not only a person greater than him with a greater baptism, but that he is an eternal being.  John says:  “A man who comes after me was before me because he existed before I did” and goes on to show how this was both foretold by God to him and verified publically when Jesus was baptized by John through the Holy Spirit’s coming to rest on Jesus.

John completes the thought with the clear statement that Jesus is the “Son of God”

So John was given authority to baptize and was sent into his ministry By God, But God had told him that one greater was to come later to baptize with the Holy Spirit and that God would show him who this person was.  This person, who turned out to be Jesus was to actually be the Son of God revealed.

Application:

The passage is making clear who Jesus was (is) and how that he brings us a deep relationship with God through the Holy Spirit.  A relationship with God different than anything that people had before Jesus came.  It is also making the bigger point that Jesus is the Son of God.

 This understanding and belief in this is foundational to calling yourself a Christian.

 The message for me personally through this passage seems to be to focus on what Jesus is doing beyond what I am doing and even beyond what He is doing through me.  Remember there is always a bigger picture in God’s eyes.