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The Great Commission-Part IV
6/23/2016

Teaching them to observe

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled, The Great Commission. In Part Three of this series we looked at God’s commandment of water baptism—specifically, the reasons why we should be baptized, as well as some of the misconceptions about baptism. In Part Four of this message we will look at Jesus’ commandment to teach other disciples to observe the things He commanded us to do.

When Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you,” it was a specific outline for both His immediate disciples, as well as every new disciple following in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Simply put, we are to teach others what we have been taught—we are to share the knowledge entrusted to us through His word.

We can see that Jesus opened up these verses in Matthew by saying, “All authority (power) has been given unto me,” but then He says, “Go therefore.”  In other words, “I have everything needed to do the job; the power, the authority, but I want you to go out and do this.” That could very well have been intimidating, but look at the end of verse 20 where he says, “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” That’s cool!

This wasn’t just a promise to the disciples of that time period. This commission and His promise didn’t stop with them—it continues to this very day, and it is given to each person who has made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are to go out and to share the message of salvation. We are to go out and teach others about the things we know to be true—those truths we have been taught or have been discipled in, as written in the Word of God. This is the real ministry of the Church, and we can have absolute confidence, God is with us—He will guide and help us (See John 14:16).

Q:         So how do we teach new disciples to observe the things Jesus commanded?

Well, as followers of Christ, we are to rightly divide the word of Truth (the Bible).

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

By studying the Bible, we can understand God’s will for our lives (Rom. 12:2), and we can detect the schemes of the devil and his fallen angels much more easily. We can detect the doctrinal errors being spread by the devil through false religions—the falsehoods originating in man’s intellect and culminating in man made religious ordinances and practices; many stressing the need to add something other than Jesus’ perfect work upon the cross as a basis for salvation. 

The enemy wants to flood us with many counterfeit systems of belief that would cause us to be deceived. Here are just a few.

·      Satan wants us to believe Jesus is not God

·      Satan wants us to believe Jesus is just a prophet

·      Satan wants us to believe our salvation is through our works

·      Satan wants us to believe another book is needed to stay enlightened other than the Bible

·      Satan wants us to believe Jesus is not the only way to God

·      Satan wants us to believe we must belong to a specific religion to be saved

If the enemy can entice us to stay away from a Bible-teaching church, a home study, or simply keep us from opening up our Bible and studying it daily, then he has made a significant step into keeping us in the dark—ignorant of God’s will and perfect plan for our life. The first followers of Christ devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer—should we do any less if we espouse to fulfill God’s will for our lives?

STUDY QUESTION: What does 1 Timothy 2:15 tell us about reading the Bible?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you making it a practice to open your Bible and to prayerfully study it each day?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to open up your Bible daily, and then pray to God for the leading of the Holy Spirit as you read. Take these things and apply them to your lives. Share them with others and continue to abide in the Lord and His Great Commission.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for giving me Your word to read and study. Help me to rightly divide and apply it to my life. Help me to see the lies of the enemy so I do not become caught in the legalism of man made religious beliefs, or the apostasy of those who do not believe Your word is the power unto salvation (Heb. 4:12)—those who would twist, distort, or add to it, and those who would otherwise seek man's opinion or sensationalism in lieu of sound doctrine. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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