Did you know there are 5 Great Commission Verses? You probably are already familiar with them, but like me didn’t realize they go together. If we desire to take part in God’s plan then knowing the full instructions is very important.
The verses are:
21.“So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” 22. And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” – NET2
Luke 24:46 – 48
46. and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ would suffer and would rise from the dead on the third day, 47. and repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. But stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” – NET
Mark 16:15 – 16
15. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned.” – NET
18. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20. teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – NET
8. “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 farthest parts of the earth.” – NET
What do each Passage instruct?
John – Here, Jesus is sending us into the world, which is in his prayer to the Father, John 17:18. And we are sent for the forgiveness of sins. He also instructed them to receive the Holy Spirit who present with us.
Luke shows Jesus’ focus on his suffering, resurrection and proclamation of repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all nations. And again the Holy Spirit will be present.
Mark –In Mark he speaks about the gospel is to be heard in all the world, and the people saved will be those that believe and are baptized.
Matthew – This is the most well-known of the last commissions of Jesus to his disciples. Here, Jesus Christ is saying he has Kingship to make commands and to proclaim to people to enter his Kingdom.
Acts– The power comes from the HS to participate in the great commission.
The commands all together
We see that the Great Commission is Jesus Christ sending his followers into all the world proclaiming the gospel–the forgiveness of sins in Christ. And through Christ the Holy Spirit gives life and empowers us as witnesses. So, with that we are commissioned to go, make disciples, baptize and teach.
I think Matthew is the most popular in our culture because we like goals, and with measurable indicators – baptism.
The other verse describe the ‘how’ which is very important, the Holy Spirit and the gospel proclamation – forgiveness of sins.
With Acts 1:18 we are to engage the world as global Christians, if we stay only in our culture we neglect those far off
God’s heart is for all people, all nations, all ethnic groups to worship Him. It’s exciting to know we can take part in that and He is asking us to.