πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Is There Another Great Commission?

Much is said of the β€œgreat commission” 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 β€œgreat commission” does not say one word about β€œthe preaching of the cross” (I Cor. 1:18) or β€œthe gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The β€œgospel” which they were sent to preach was very evidently the same β€œgospel” they had been preaching β€” the Gospel of the Kingdom β€” 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 β€œgreat commission” 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 thatΒ β€œChrist died for our sins” (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: β€œWhat shall we do?” heΒ did notΒ say: β€œBelieve on Christ who died for your sins.” He rather commanded them to β€œrepent and be baptized every one…for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

But after Christ and His Kingdom were again rejected, God interrupted the prophetic program and sentΒ PaulΒ forth to proclaim β€œthe preaching of the cross” and β€œthe gospel of the grace of God”. In II Corinthians 5:14-21Β this apostleΒ proclaims β€œthe love of Christ” who β€œdied for all” and instructs us as toΒ ourΒ β€œgreat commission”:

β€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 Himself… AND HATH COMMITTED UNTO US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION” (II Cor. 5:18,19). source

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