Take A Closer Look

  Have you examined your religious belief by comparing it to what the Bible teaches? For example, how does your religion explain the following scriptures?

 

Matthew 28:18-19      St John 3:1-8; 3:16-18       Acts 4:12

 

Did you know that the Great Commission is not just found in 
Matthew 28:19?
 
The Great Commission is also found in Mark 16:15-20 and Luke 24:45-49. If You compare these two interpretations of The Great Commission you will find the most popular interpretation of Matthew 28:19 cannot be accurate.

 

Christ’s Intention For……..The Great Commission

 

The whole purpose for the Great Commission in the first place is to empower His disciples with His own power2nd Direct them to the purpose in which they are empowered, into all the world. 3rd Teaching them to become disciples of Christ by commanding them to observe all things that Christ had taught them to obey (Mat.28:19). 4th He taught them that certain signs should follow them that Believe (Mark 16:17) this is the evidence of a true believer5th Christ said that repentance and remission of sin should be preached in his Name everywhere (Luke 24:47). 6th Before any of this could be accomplished by His disciples, they must become true believers also, so the proper signs would follow them (Mark 16:16-17). For them to receive this power they must tarry for the power of Christ to be imparted into them (Luke 24:49). 7th The entire book of Acts is a perfect example of how we are to receive this power and example this power in our lives. The book of Acts also shows us clearly how the Apostles understood the Great Commission.
 
The Great Commission Explained

 The Great Commission explained using all three locations found in the Bible Mat.28:18-20, Mark 16:15-20, Luke 24:45-49.

 Let’s begin with Matthew 28:18 ALL POWER: God’s people are promised authority and power to proclaim the gospel of Christ throughout the entire world (vv.19-20). But first they must obey Jesus’ command themselves, to wait for the promise of the Father, which is the power of the Holy Spirit poured out on the day of Pentecost, which was prophesied by the prophet Joel approximately 722 years before it actually happened. We know for sure this is what the prophet was talking about because the apostle Peter referred to this prophesy. (Acts 2:14-18).We cannot expect the power of Acts 1:8 to accompany us in going into all the world without first following the pattern of Acts 2:1-4 (see Luke 24:47-49;Acts 1:8; 2:4). We simply cannot give what we do not have. Notice: We should notice the response of the congregation, those that were hungry to obey Christ’s plan of Salvation, when the Apostle Peter was finished preaching to them. Knowing that all that they have witnessed was nothing like their religions (Acts 2:1-37) they still responded with this question What shall we do? (Acts 2:37).

 Until now all that had been demonstrated was the empowerment of Christ disciples by the Holy Ghost, this was the very reason Christ sent them toJerusalem first (Luke 24:49), so they could receive this power that would make them true believers (Mark 16:15-18).

 The Apostles next command was the exact teaching Christ was talking about in the Great Commission when He said to His followers to go into all the world (Mk. 16:15) or all Nations (Mat. And Lk.). The account in Lk. Instructs us to go into all the Nations and “preach in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem“). At the time the Holy Ghost was poured out in the upper room the second greatest festival was under way in Jerusalem - the harvest festival also known as Pentecost. This is when the first fruits of the grain harvest were presented to God (Lev. 23:17). In like manner, the Pentecost experience found in Acts 2:1-4 symbolizes, for the church, the beginning of God’s harvest for souls in the world, seeing that the known world was widely represented on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:6-11). This was also an eye opener sent from God for the religious world (remembering that Pentecost was a religious Festival) informing them that there is more for them now. THE BIG QUESTION : When Peter was asked the big question “What Shall We Do?” The Christian Church had just been born.Peter him self had just been filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues along with the disciples, the mother of Jesusand many others, which was about a 120 people in number (Acts1:12-15). This new birth completes what Jesus spoke to Nicodemus about when Jesus commanded him to be born again of the water and of the Spirit (Jn 3:1-6). All of this completes the (A) PART of The Great Commission where the church was born and received power to overcome the world. (B) When the world, along with the OLD TESTAMENT RELIGIOUS group asked, what shall we do? Peter demonstrated the second part of the Commission by preaching the Gospel the way Jesus intended it to be preached to the world (Acts 2:38). Peter was clear in his reply to the question “what shall we do?” Peter commanded them torepent (turn away from sin or their dead religions), be baptized in the Name of Jesus for one reason only and that is to have our sin remitted and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off even as many as our Lord shall call (v 39). Peter used many other words to testify and exhort, saying save yourselves from this untoward generation(v.40). Then those that gladly received his message of truth the same day three thousand was added unto the church (v.41).

 The Great Commission Passage comparison: 
Mark 16:15-20

 Mark commands all believers to go into all the world and preach this gospel to every creature (v.15). Luke agrees by writing “….among all nations” (Lk.24:47).

Mk. 16:16 places great emphases on being baptized after believing (just believing is not enough). At this point there is no baptism formula evident. However v.17 opens by stating certain signs will follow them that believe (Notice v.16 says believers are baptized) v.17 is clear about revealing the way these signs follow baptized believers, and these signs shall follow them that believe. In my Name…….They shall speak with new tongues. (Notice Acts 2:38 how Peter exclaimed a promise or gift should come after being baptized) Mk 16:16 puts emphases on signs in Jesus Name. Lk. 24:47 makes it clear that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in the Lords Name among all nations. Compare to Peters message in Acts 2:38. Peter said to repent and be baptized in Jesus name for remission of sin. Mk 16:15 says all believers should be baptized and signs shall follow in his Name (Jesus). Lk. 24:47-49 Jesus said to preach repentance and remission of sin in Jesus name but to first tarry in Jerusalem for the power to come upon them and then to their followers and this is exactly what they did by going to the upper room and tarrying for ten days. They received the Holy Ghost and then Peter preached it just the way Jesus said to preach it, to the world. What about Mathew 28:19? It appears to disagree with the other two Great Commission passages. Once scriptures are rightly divided, they will agree (2Tim.2:15).  So Lets get started.

 

Mat.28:19 Says Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. For openers Jesus said to baptize in the Name of the Father, of the Son, And of the Holy Ghost, not the titles of Father, the Son and Of the Holy Ghost.Notice that the word “name” is singular not plural. Jesus is not suggesting that there is deity with the name Father and another named Son, and another named Holy Ghost. This is an incorrect interpretation.Jesus said to be baptized in the Name of the Father so what is his Name? In Jn.5:43 Jesus states that He has come to us in the Father’s name so that means the Father’s name is Jesus. Well what is the name of the Son? Mat.1:21 says that she shall bring forth a Son and thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins. (Notice v.23 this child is God with us. Are they one and the same? Their name is the same.) We have just found out the Father and the Son have the same name (Jesus). And that Jesus is in fact “God with us”. What about the Holy GhostIn Jn 14:26, Jesus says the Father will send the Holy Ghost in His Name, this makes it clear that the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost is one name, Jesus. So there is only one name for all three titles. Does this mean that there are three Gods with the same name or is there only one God with three titles? Zechariah 14:9 states the Lord shall be king over all the earth, this agrees with Mat. 28:18 where Jesus said all power belongs to Him. Zechariah continues to say there is one Lord and His name is one. John 1:1 says the Word and God are the same. V.14 say’s the word was made flesh (not turned into flesh just made a garment of flesh) (a Holy Thing). Lk.1:35 say’s Mary gave birth to a Holy Thing. The angel was not referring to Jesus as a thing but to His flesh. His flesh was comparable to the Holy Garment the high priest wore in the Old Testament (ephad). Paul explains in Heb.10:20, through a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say His flesh. Now To explain John1:1 says God and the Word are the same. Lk 1:35 Mary gave birth to a Holy Garment of flesh and God put it on. Heb. 10:20 by this veil of Flesh God walked among man while He consecrated (Perfected) a New and Living way of salvation.

 God In The FleshCould it really have been the Father in the flesh, walking with the disciples? Jn.14:8-9 Philip said to Jesus show us the Father and we will be satisfied and Jesus ask Philip have I been with you this long and you still do not realize who I am?

Written by: Rev. Karl L. Causey, Pastor

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Mt Pisgah United Pentecostal Church

331 Hwy 594

LeakesvilleMS 39451

(601) 394-2751

 

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Wednesday 7pm

 

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