Have you ever thought about the Great Commission? What exactly is it and why do people have different takes on it? Part of the reason is the bible itself seems to have a different take on it as well.
Great Commission is about miracles
Around here, we tend to use the text from Mark to define the great commission. We believe that you are to heal the sick, cast out devils and speak in tongues as in the context of world evangelism.
I have no bones about it: I believe in power evangelism. You might not but I do. Simple as that.
What about Matthew’s Great Commission?
Matthew seems to have wimped out when he wrote the Great Commission but did he really? It is also about power evangelism when you really read the text completely through.
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.
What I want to grab here is the words “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” What did Jesus commanded them to do?
Well, let’s take a look at Matthew 10:-7-8 and see their Great Commission, shall we?
As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a]drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give…
As we can see, even Matthew that wimped out on the power message(By the way, he is only one to not directly address it), he did reference it indirectly.
Matthew’s idea of the Great Commission is to teach the people to obey the command to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out devils.
Matthew’s text is not as Cessationist as some people over at the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church was to tell us.
I know, I know, Hank Hanegraaff would burn me at the stake for saying this. Let him try. I know where i am going.
What is the Great Commission to you?