Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Great Commission

"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."  Matthew 28:19-20
The gospel of Jesus Christ is one that brings life.  The good news is that Jesus came to give us a new life and life abundantly.  He came to give us a new inheritance where we become children of God.  We now are born of God.  We too are to share the good news of the gospel with others. 
We are not to make converts of those who only hear the word, but those who are doers of the word.  God is looking for disciples.  Jesus says: ""If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  God's word reveals to us truth.  It is the sword that divides the soul from the spirit.  It distinguishes where we are holding to his teachings.  God wants us to go and disciple others.  This is not only done by sharing the word, but by being a doer of the word. 
God wanted us to share the great commission of not only the good news, but to baptize them.  This baptizing is where God empowers us with the dunamis power, the point of where we are filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the seal that we are God's.  We cannot preach the gospel without the power.  In Acts 1 before Jesus ascended, He told them to pray for power from on high.  This power gives those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior power to turn to God, overcome sin and to preach the word of God.  The Holy Spirit is God with us and He is the one who gives us the power.  We are now God's and his life lives in us.
God tells us he transforms us from glory to glory.  We become his vessels of glory showing others the light of the world that came and died for them.  We bring good news of glad tidings.  We share that God sent his son to die for us because he loved us so much, that he bore our sins and he rose again.  We have this eternal hope of going from life here on earth into eternal life where we will be with God forever.  We will one day be rid of all this pain and sorrow from this earth.  We will one day be able to stand before a righteous God because of his goodness that led us to repentance.  We today can receive as our Lord and Savior and receive the forgiveness of our sins.  We can have the stain of guilt removed because of his kindness and great love towards us.  We become washed in his blood and become righteous because of what he did.  The old things have passed away.  Our hearts can be renewed in knowing that we are right with God and our conscience cleansed.  What a wonderful plan of salvation.  How perfect it is.  Thank you God!

There are so many that don't know of God's goodness.  The only way they can come to know God is by sharing his great plan of salvation.  May God empower you through the Holy Spirit to preach the good news with others and to have wisdom.  May you abide under the shadow of the Almighty!

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