“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Matthew 28, “THE GREAT COMMISSION,” III

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“Be Still,” Yolanda Adams 

“THE GREAT COMMISSION,” III, Matthew 28:19) GO YE THEREFORE, AND TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST.  20) 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.

Quest Study Bible –  v19, “Who should go and make Disciples?”  JESUS’ COMMAND WAS INTENDED NOT ONLY FOR HIS FIRST DISCIPLES, BUT ALSO FOR US TODAY.  By sharing in the Ministry of Disciple-Making, We Submit To Authority Of Christ (v. 18).  Individuals may have different rolls and abilities, but all of JESUS’ Disciples can have a part in calling other to Follow CHRIST.  v19, “Is the method of baptism important?”  Throughout Church History Christians have often been divided over this question.  The original word translated baptize meant to dip, immerse or wash, so some insist that immersion is the required method for Christian baptism.  Others think the word is used a metaphor (a figure of speech, not really applicable) (Luke 12:50; 1 Corinthians 10:2) and emphasize the significance rather than the method.  For them, pouring or sprinkling can identify one’s commitment with CHRIST.  All essentially agree, however, that baptism must be a matter of the heart—a Spiritual Immersion Into CHRIST’S BODY (1 Corinthians 12:13).  For other matters concerning baptism, see”Why didn’t Paul baptize in The Way JESUS INSTRUCTED?”  (Acts 19:5) and “Does baptism save us?”  (1 Peter 3:21).  v20, “IN WHAT SENSE IS JESUS ALWAYS WITH US?” Soon After Saying These Words, JESUS Left This Earth And Ascended Into Heaven (Luke 24:50-51). Though Physically Absent, HE REMAINS WITH BELIEVERS IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE.  IT IS HIS SPIRITUAL PRESENCE WITHIN THAT STRENGTHENS AND ENCOURAGES BELIEVERS (John 14:16-20; Romans 8:9-11).  Those Who Trust In JESUS Will Find HIM With Them No Matter Where They Go Or What Problems They Face.  Amen.  v20, “To The End Of The Age,”  Though This Could Be An EXPRESSION OF SPEECH That Conveys The Idea Of “Forever,” the Phrase is better understood to mean “UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS AGAIN.”  Then A New Era will begin When We Shall Be With JESUS And See HIM IN HIS PHYSICAL FORM.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v16-20, This evangelist passes over other appearances of CHRIST, recorded by Luke and John, and hastens to the most Solemn; One Appointed (Appearance) Before HIS DEATH, AND AFTER HIS RESURRECTION.  All that see THE LORD JESUS with an eye of Faith, Will Worship HIM.  Yet the Faith of the Sincere may be very weak and wavering.  BUT CHRIST GAVE SUCH CONVINCING PROOFS OF HIS RESURRECTION, AS MADE THEIR FAITH TO TRIUMPH OVER DOUBTS.  HE Now Solemnly Commissioned The Apostles And HIS Ministers To Go Forth Among All Nations.  THE SALVATION They Were To Preach, Is A Common SALVATION;  Whoever Will, Let Him Come, And Take The Benefit; All Are Welcome To CHRIST JESUS.  Christianity Is The Religion Of A Sinner Who Applies For SALVATION FROM DESERVED WRATH AND FROM SIN; he Applies To THE MERCY OF THE FATHER, THROUGH THE ATONEMENT (SACRIFICE) OF THE INCARNATE SON (GOD IN HUMAN FORM), AND BY THE SANCTIFICATION (STATE OF DIVINE GRACE) OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND GIVES UP HIMSELF TO THE WORSHIPER AND SERVANT OF GOD, AS THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY GHOST, THREE PERSONS BUT ONE GOD, IN ALL HIS ORDINANCES (LAWS) AND COMMANDMENTS.  Baptism Is The Outward Sign Of The Inward Washing, Or SANCTIFICATION (STATE OF DIVINE GRACE) OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH SEALS AND EVIDENCES THE BELIEVER’S JUSTIFICATION (RIGHTEOUSNESS),  Let Us Examine Ourselves, Whether We Really Possess The Inward And Spiritual Grace Of A Death Unto Sin, And A New Birth Unto Righteousness, By Which Those Who Were The Children Of Wrath Become The Children Of God.  Believers Shall Have The Constant Presence Of Their LORD ALWAYS; All Day, Every Day.  There Is No Day, No Hour Of The Day, In Which Our LORD JESUS IS NOT PRESENT WITH HIS CHURCHES AND WITH HIS MINISTERS; If There Were, In That Day, That Hour, They Would Be Undone.  THE GOD OF ISRAEL, THE SAVIOUR, IS SOMETIMES A GOD THAT HIDETH HIMSELF, BUT NEVER A GOD AT A DISTANCE.  TO THESE PRECIOUS WORDS AMEN IS ADDED.  Even So, LORD JESUS, Be THOU With Us And All THY People; CAUSE THY FACE TO SHINE UPON US, THAT THY WAY MAY BE KNOWN UPON EARTH, THY SAVING HEALTH AMONG ALL NATIONS.  Amen.  

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