The Gospel and the Mission of the Church (Excerpt from upcoming book: Nothing but the Gospel)

The issue of the lost stands as a core mission of the Church. Jesus commanded His disciples,

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

This command comes from Jesus’ mouth and therefore carries God’s authority. Jesus said He had all authority in heaven and earth (Mathew 28:18). He sent His disciples on His mission with His message. If Jesus possessed this authority and gave His disciples such a command, the power to accomplish what He commanded invariably follows.

This authority is especially true given the latter part of this mission Jesus gave concerning His continued presence with them (28:20). God will accomplish what He sets out to do with the power vested in His Son in whom and through whom He works out His redemptive purpose. It is a certainty because Jesus promised the success of His mission through the work of the Holy Spirit. Consequently, the triune God is the grounds for the success of the gospel: the Father’s promise from the beginning of time, the Son’s provision from all eternity, and the Holy Spirit’s power now until the end of the age.

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