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Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial. Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. The most familiar version of the Great Commission is depicted in Matthew —20 ,. Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. According to Matthew 10 , Jesus commanded His disciples to proclaim the arrival of the kingdom of God and to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons The Great Commission is the commandment to proclaim good news - the kingdom has come and it has come with demonstration of power.
Later, Paul prophesied that one of the signs of the last days would be that mention of the power of God would be silenced. He warned Timothy to not associate with those who have a form of godliness but do not speak of the power 2 Timothy To the Corinthians, he said he did not come with eloquence or wisdom but with "demonstration of the power of the Spirit so that faith would rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
In Luke, Jesus tells the disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness , and promises that they will have divine power. In John, Jesus says the disciples will have the Holy Spirit and the authority to forgive sins and to withhold forgiveness. All these passages are composed as words of Christ spoken after his resurrection.
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The call to go into the world in Matthew 28 is prefaced a mere four chapters earlier when Jesus states that the Gospel message will be heard by representatives of all nations, at which time the end will come. The commission from Jesus has been interpreted by evangelical Christians as meaning that his followers have the duty to go, make disciples, teach, and baptize.
Although the command was initially given directly only to Christ's eleven Apostles , evangelical Christian theology has typically interpreted the commission as a directive to all Christians of every time and place, particularly because it seems to be a restatement or moving forward of the last part of God's covenant with Abraham in Genesis Commentators often contrast the Great Commission with the earlier Limited Commission of Matthew —42 , in which they were to restrict their mission to their fellow Jews , who Jesus referred to as "the lost sheep of the house of Israel".
Matthew But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high. Jesus is assuming all with stay and proclaim the repentance and forgiveness of sins. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. The point?
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