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Message of the Day: Victorious Jesus Is Always With Us As We Continue To Expand His Church

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 28:19-20, NKJV)

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“Making disciples “ was the sort of things rabbis (teachers) would do, but Jesus’ followers are to make disciples for Jesus, not for themselves. Disciples are made here in twofold way: (1) By baptizing them. Baptism was the act of conversion, it means initiating people to the faith. (2) By teaching them Jesus’ commandments recorded in Matthew. Many Jews outside Palestine sought converts among the “nations” or among the Gentiles/pagans. But only a few converts ever studied under rabbis, so the idea of making Gentiles full disciples of Jesus who would learn from and serve him, goes beyond the Jewish tradition.

Thus, Jesus’ purpose in this activity was to establish his church, not just within Israel but throughout the Gentile nations, as his followers preached the gospel, baptized those who believed, and taught the converts to understand and follow his teachings. As the converts, in turn, passed the message on to others, the church would continue its worldwide expansion, assured always that victorious Jesus was working with his people.

Jewish literature only called God omnipresent; Jesus’ claim that he would always be with the, coupled with his being named alongside the Father in baptism, constitutes a proclamation of his deity.

Sources:

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. New Testament. Quezon City, Philippines: CGM, 2010.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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