“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
In Christ’s last Words before He ascended to Heaven, He commissioned His disciples to spread the Gospel through His power and not our own.
One day there will not be any more opportunities to share the Gospel.
Within this one verse are seven segments of the Great Commission to help us understand the responsibility that we have been given. These segments also pose seven questions for us to consider how they apply to our lives.
Remember that each of these Words are written in red, spoken by the Word Himself.
A verb. A verb requires action to take place. Go simply means to move from one place to another, to leave, to travel.
Who should go?
Who was He talking to? His followers. Are you a follower of Christ today? Do you profess to be a Christian – a follower of Christ? Then this applies to you just as much as it did to those who heard the words from the very lips of the Risen Saviour.
How are you involved in the Great Commission?
A preposition, meaning to express movement or action with the result that someone or something becomes enclosed or surrounded by something else.
What or where does Christ tell us to go into?
All the world.
He wants us to go into all the world. Not only in your Jerusalem; not just in your Judaea; not just in your Samaria, but also unto the uttermost part of the earth. We are to go out into the highways and the hedges and compel them!
Where do you share what Christ has done for you?
How are we supposed to relay the Message? We are to preach…to publicly proclaim or teach; to earnestly advocate our belief. This is not limited to those called men of God who are preachers. This is to every Christian.
How are you proclaiming what Christ has done?
What are we to preach? The Gospel. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ…plus nothing, minus nothing. We cannot earn our way to Heaven. It is only by our belief and acceptance of how Jesus paid the price for our sin and rose victoriously from the grave on the third day.
What are you doing with the Gospel today?
To every creature.
He did not exclude anyone. There is not a person on the planet that does not need the Gospel. We have the Good News and yet we routinely keep it to ourselves.
Who is waiting for you to tell them?
“The Gospel is only good news if It gets there in time.” – Carl Henry
Before He returned to Heaven, the last Words of the Word summarized the purpose of why He came.
His purpose must be our purpose.
Joshua 22-23 | Acts 18
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