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.
One vital thing a believer must realize and be conscious of is that the words of Christ demand an unquestionable loyalty.
The opening text presents an opportunity to exhibit true obedience and loyalty. Jesus, before His departure to heaven, gave his disciples a task- a task potent and capable of determining the eternal destination of a man.
The task was to GO and teach all nations, to make disciples of men.
The disciples, Matthew, Mark and Luke do not fail to make mention of Christ’s instruction in their letters.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The disciple Mark takes it a step further by informing us of the ability that accompanies the believer, in his life and ministry.
“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: 17-18
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”
So, not only are we instructed to go, we are informed about the power that accompanies our going and speaking.
We are to show the same commitment the disciples demonstrated in the propagation of the gospel. We are to take this ministry seriously. We are to GO!
The gospel is a message to be announced (a news), something to be told. As believers, we are instruction-oriented.
Say This: I’ve been instructed to go, and I go. I show an unquestionable loyalty to the words of Christ. The Gospel is good news to be told. Christ did it and I tell it.