Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
“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. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
The Call to Make Disciples
As the Lord’s disciples, which we are if we are followers of Jesus Christ, we are to be taking the message of the gospel to the world around us, and we are to be teaching people how to be disciples (followers) of Jesus Christ. We are to be proclaiming to them the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness (sin, wickedness) into his marvelous light (truth, righteousness). And we are to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
But we don’t do this in our own power, wisdom, and strength, but only in the power, wisdom, and strength of the Lord Jesus. For when we receive Jesus Christ into our lives to be Lord and Savior of our lives, and the Holy Spirit of God comes into our lives to dwell within us, we are given the power of God to be His witnesses in our own neighborhoods, in our own cities, to the surrounding towns around us, and to the ends of the earth.
For how are people to believe in Jesus Christ if they have never heard of him and if they have never been taught what it means to be a follower of Jesus? And how are they going to hear about him, and how are they going to know what it means to be one of his disciples unless someone tells them? That’s us! And how are we to tell them unless we are being sent by God and unless we are speaking under his power and authority?
As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” So, lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest, but not speaking of literal fields of wheat or a literal physical harvest, but of the world as the field that is white for a spiritual harvest. And right now, at least in America, the internet is still wide open for us to be sharing the truth of the gospel, and there are people out there in the world who are listening.
And our mission is the same as Paul’s, to open blinded eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. And that message is the same as Paul’s, that we are to call the people to repentance and to obedience to our Lord to walk in his ways and in his truth for the rest of their days.
[Matt. 5:13-16; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 26:18; Rom. 10:14-15; Jn. 4:31-38; Jn. 13:13-17; Jn. 14:12; 1 Pet. 2:9; 1 Pet. 2:21; 1 Jn. 2:6]
The Making of Disciples
The making of disciples is not about just being nice to people. We should always be kind, but kindness alone is not turning them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. We have to speak truth into them, but to do so in love. Also, it is not just handing them a gospel tract (if anyone does that anymore), nor is it reciting words we have heard others say which may or may not be backed up with Scripture.
Also, a disciple is a follower, a devotee, an adherent, who is one who binds himself to the observance of and the obedience to something or someone. So, to be a disciple of Jesus, it means that we are following Jesus in obedience to his teachings, to his ways, and to his commands (New Covenant). So a disciple is one who lives the Christian life according to the teachings of the Scriptures, so this isn’t about just getting people “saved.”
This is about helping fellow believers to walk in faith, according to the Word of God, to trust the Lord with their lives day by day, to learn how to pray and what to pray for, and how to spend time in the Word each day in learning all that God has for us. And then it is teaching them to obey all that the Lord commands us, to apply what we are learning in the Scriptures each day to our everyday lives.
For, we are to exhort (encourage, urge) one another every day so that none of us may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. For collectively we all form one body, but we each have a different part one from the other, and we are all given different gifts of the Spirit of God. And these gifts and callings (ministries) are to be used for the mutual edification of the body of Christ so that we may all reach maturity in Christ as we each part does our work.
We are to speak the truth in love one to the other that we might all grow to maturity in Christ, so that we may no longer be immature, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. We are all to do this so that we all might grow together to maturity in Christ. We need each other! So, we need to be students of the Word of God so we are sharing truth and not lies.
For, we are to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly, not just in our intellect, but in our hearts, in our thinking, in our believing, and in our behaving. We should not only be those who are speaking the Word to others but who are living what we are teaching, by example of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. For we can’t teach to others what we are not putting into practice ourselves.
Then we are to teach and to admonish one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in our hearts to God. We are to address one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to encourage one another in our walks of faith and obedience to our Lord so that we continue in Christ and in his word and toward maturity in Christ, and so that we do not fall away and go back to living in sin.
[Rom 12:1-8; 1 Co 12:1-31; Eph 4:1-16; Eph 5:17-21; Col 3:16; Heb 3:13]
Come and See
An Original Work / May 20, 2013
Based off John 1:35-51
John, the Baptist, called of God to
Make straight the way for the Lord,
Told his disciples about Jesus,
So two of them followed Him.
One of them who followed Jesus
Told his brother, Simon Peter,
Who then he brought to the Savior,
Who had told them, “Come and see.”
Jesus Christ, our Lord, Messiah,
On his way to Galilee found a man, Philip,
So he told him, “I want you to follow Me.”
Philip then found his friend,
And he told him, “We have found the one
The prophets spoke of – He is Jesus!”
Philip then said, “Come and see.”
Jesus saw the man, Nathanael,
While he sat beneath a fig tree,
Even before Philip called him,
So Nathanael did believe.
Nonetheless the Lord said,
“You believe because of what I told you.
You will see much greater things than these
If you will Come and see.”
Jesus’ calling to each one of us.
He tells us to believe in Him
As our Lord and Messiah,
And to follow where He leads.
He says we must turn from our sins,
Die to sin and self each day,
And put on our new lives in Jesus;
Bow before Him; humbly pray.