The “Therefore” of the Great Commission

My instructors at TBI would say, “If you’re reading the Bible and see a ‘therefore’ you need to ask, what it is there for?”  Consider the therefore in Jesus’ great commission.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  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 28:18-20 NIV

All authority belongs to Jesus.  To make this clear, Jesus describes the scope of his authority as “all authority in heaven and on earth”.  His authority is the basis of his commission to us.  If he does not have this authority, there is no commission.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.

                                                           Colossians 1:15-18 NIV

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,     did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing     by taking the very nature of a servant,     being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,     he humbled himself     by becoming obedient to death—         even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place     and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,     in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,     to the glory of God the Father.

                                                     Philippians 2:5-11 NIV

Wow!  Wow!  Wow!  Therefore…he has been exalted to the highest place, given a name above every name (Think higher than Caesar’s in Paul’s day), every knee in heaven and earth and under the earth should bow to him, and every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.

He is the authority of his commission and there is none higher.  It is no one less than Jesus who sends us into our world to make disciples to him.  We have all of the permission and power we need.  As we “go” we have the authority to call others to consider the claims, call on the name and follow the person of Jesus Christ.

God wants everyone to follow Jesus.

To be continued…

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