The Great Commission Simplified

Richard Vera

"Now get up and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you" (Acts 26:4-18).

The great commission or the great omission? The great commission is not to be viewed as a great suggestion. The great commission is a directive or instructions Jesus Christ gave His followers after His crucifixion, resurrection and before His ascension into heaven. Sad to say, the great commission has become the great omission. This has become detrimental to the growth of the kingdom of God on earth. Please note how the great commission was simplified in Paul's life. Jesus was being specific when he said, “to whom now I send you” (v.17). Question: Who is the 'whom'? Answer: All lost men and women.

The following three reasons should serve as incentives for us to obey Him:

Reason #1: “to open their eyes” (v.18). Implication: Unbelievers are spiritually blind. "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers" (2 Corinthians 4:4-5). The devil does not want our family, friends and neighbors to see "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ." When Jesus confronts two individuals on the road to Emmaus "their eyes were opened" (Luke 24:13). People without Jesus need spiritual eye surgery.

Reason #2: “so that they may turn from” (v.18). Implication: Change of lifestyle is needed. What do they need help to turn from?
(1) “from darkness to light” and
(2) "from the dominion of Satan to God." 
People without Jesus need spiritual heart surgery (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Our motivation is derived from our relationship with Christ Jesus. Our incentive ought to be that men and women need to turn to Him.

We will never correct all the vices in the world by passing laws or signing contracts or going to war against one another. Those under the dominion of Satan need to be set free with the gospel truth (John 8:32). This is the very reason Paul stated: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16).

Reason #3: Please notice what all who believe receive. “. . .that they may receive” (1) Forgiveness of sins and (2) An inheritance among those who have been sanctified." WOW! What a win-win proposition (Romans 6:23; John 1:12-13)!

And just in case one might be under the illusion that 'somehow' 'some way' all are going to make it to heaven on their own, Jesus specifically tells us that it is “by faith in Me” (v.18). (See John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:3-7.)

Look at the balance. First it is eternal life for the new believer. Then it is life with purpose for that believer. This is what Jesus wants for us.

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