๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ Is There Another Great Commission?

Much is said of the โ€œgreat commissionโ€ which our Lord gave to His apostles just before His ascension. We wonder whether our readers have ever examined the various records of this commission carefully.

This โ€œgreat commissionโ€ does not say one word about โ€œthe preaching of the crossโ€ (I Cor. 1:18) or โ€œthe gospel of the grace of Godโ€ (Acts 20:24). The โ€œgospelโ€ which they were sent to preach was very evidently the same โ€œgospelโ€ they had been preaching โ€” the Gospel of the Kingdom โ€” only they could now declare, as Peter did at Pentecost, that the King had risen from the dead and would still some day occupy the throne of David.

The โ€œgreat commissionโ€ demanded faith and baptism for the remission of sins (Mark 16:15,16); it included the power to heal the sick and work miracles (Mark 16:17,18), but it did not include the glad message thatย โ€œChrist died for our sinsโ€ย (I Cor. 15:1-3). At Pentecost, when Peter began to carry out this commission, he rather blamed his hearers for the death of Christ and when, convicted of their sins, they asked: โ€œWhat shall we do?โ€ heย did notย say: โ€œBelieve on Christ who died for your sins.โ€ He rather commanded them to โ€œrepent and be baptized every oneโ€ฆfor the remission of sinsโ€ (Acts 2:38).

But after Christ and His Kingdom were again rejected, God interrupted the prophetic program and sentย Paulย forth to proclaim โ€œthe preaching of the crossโ€ and โ€œthe gospel of the grace of Godโ€. In II Corinthians 5:14-21ย this apostleย proclaims โ€œthe love of Christโ€ who โ€œdied for allโ€ and instructs us as toย ourย โ€œgreat commissionโ€:

โ€œAnd all things are of [provided by] God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, AND HATH GIVEN TO US THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himselfโ€ฆ AND HATH COMMITTED UNTO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATIONโ€ (II Cor. 5:18,19). source

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