Is the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 only about winning souls for Christ or is there more to it? Let’s take a look at what it actually says.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
There is more here than I want to get into in this blog but, notice Jesus says to “make disciples of all nations”. A disciple is not a Christian convert. A disciple is one who molds and shapes his life like his Master’s. A disciple is one, like Jesus said, denies themselves, takes up their cross and follows Him. Not just one who goes to church although attending a congregation is part of the life of a disciple. So, making disciples of nations and teaching them, nations (or ethnic groups), to observe “all” that Jesus commanded. All means exactly that, all!
We cannot cherry pick the scriptures we like and ignore the others. Either all the Word of God is true or it is not true at all. As a disciple we do not have the right to stay away from controversial topics. Disciples are salt and light, we must confront the crisis of our day. We were born for such a time as this!
To baptize doesn’t just mean water baptize. It means to be completely immersed in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To be fully submitted to and under the authority of the Lord. How are we going to be faithful to the Great Commission by ignoring the national crisis of our day? Marriage is one of those crisis and we have seen a systematic destruction of the greatest institution God gave man. Notice that the Bible begins with a marriage between a man and a woman and it also ends with a marriage between Jesus and His bride. Biblical marriage is an illustration of the joining of the Bride, us, to the Groom, Jesus.
The very first institution God created on earth was the family organized under a marriage between one man and one woman. God blessed the man and the woman to be fruitful and multiply. Same sex couples cannot reproduce therefore they cannot be blessed. Same sex marriage is also aligning with the extermination of the human race. The family unit under one man and one woman is the safest and most productive place for children to grow. The Biblical, God ordained family unit is the fabric of our society. This is a reason why Satan desires to destroy marriage. Destroy marriage and you destroy the family. Destroy the family and you destroy society. We are witnessing the effects of a fatherless society all around us.
John the Baptist did not avoid speaking up for marriage. He spoke to the political leader of his day, Herod, and told him that he had perverted marriage. He said “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife”, Mark 6:18. Herod was not a Christian nor a Jew, he was a Roman, a gentile. When John said it was not lawful, what law was he referring to? Not a Roman law, but God’s Law! John the Baptist gave his head for his convictions about marriage. When Jesus spoke about John, did Jesus criticize him for getting involved in a political issue? Did Jesus chastise him for treating a ruler with a lack of reverential deference?
What did Jesus say about John? But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For I say to you, among those born of woman there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist”
Jesus also said that John had the spirit of Elijah on him. In the book of Malachi 4:5-6 God says this; “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”