Originally posted on ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ (in Christ Jesus):

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 teachingh them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
(Mt 28:19–20)

This mandate issued by Jesus contains the job description of every Christ follower. No one naming Jesus as Lord and Savior is exempt from faithful witness to this charge. What follows are a few gleanings that unpack what this means.

  • Although Jesus commanded the Eleven, he did so in their role as disciples. Therefore, all who claim to be a disciple of Jesus are bound to this command.
  • Jesus did not command the Church per se, but individual members who make up the Church. This is no decree for a “church growth” movement. It is a proof-text…

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