THEREFORE GO

January 11th, 2014

This is part of what is commonly known as our Lord’s ‘Great Commission”

 Mat 28:18-19 (NIV)  Then Jesus came to them and said, “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 of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

The great commission of our Lord Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations is based upon the divine truth that all authority is resident in the hands of our Lord Jesus Christ; and because of this Divinely revealed truth, that we are commanded to go

The word THEREFORE

The word ‘therefore’ means it is the conclusion to the matter previously spoken of; that is

Because of the divine declaration ‘that all authority is Christ’s in Heaven and Earth’, we his servants are to go.  This is the basis upon which we claim divine authority to go and proclaim the good news.

We should not be terrified to go; nor intimidated about going. We should go without hesitation or delay.

Christ’s servants are to clearly see and know the fact of Christ’s absolute victory over the devil and all his hosts; and upon this foundation they are to rise in faith and obedience and  go forth with confident expectation of ultimate accomplishment of their task.

God’s servants draw courage and boldness from this truth!

That all power has been given to our commander; so his servants can draw their boldness and courage to go forth into the world and proclaim the Good News of His mighty victory.

In God’s commands, there is also God’s provision.

When God commands; He also makes available His power and Authority to carry out that command. All of God’s commands are impossible to man, but with God All things are possible.

The basis upon which God commands his servants to go.

It is upon His Sons’ triumphant victory over all the works of the devil at Calvary

The truth declared from the Scriptures is that Christ has bound the strong man {Satan} and “spoiled” him; and triumphantly displayed His glorious victory.

Col 2:15 (NIV) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Luke 11:22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up the spoils.  (NIV)

Christ’s victory is absolute.

Eph 1:21-22 (NIV)  far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,

We are not waiting for another stronger man.

The stronger man – Christ Jesus – has already come and bound the strong man – the Devil.

It is time to spoil his house – his goods.

The Devil’s ‘goods’ are all those persons who have been in his control.

These are the ones that we are take away captive; to deliver from his control and bring them unto God.

His servants

MAT 12:29 “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. (NIV)

His servants

Are called to carry out [execute] the judgment that is written.

Psa 149:9 (NIV)  to carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all his saints. Praise the LORD. – (To execute upon them the judgment written🙂 (KJV)

 The judgment is clearly written that the Prince of this world is judged.

John 16:11  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Col 2:15 (NIV) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

The devil has been totally defeated through the work of Christ on the Cross, and God’s servants are to proclaim that victory, to “spoil” {carry off} the devils possessions. Those possessions are the men and women whom Satan has bound in sin, darkness and fear.

Our Commander

It is because of this absolute victory over the Devil that our commander declares that “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”, that our commander confidently commands all his servants to GO to ALL peoples and proclaim his great victory for them.

EVANGELIZING THE WORLD!

  • Is really gathering of the spoils of a Triumphant Victory won for all mankind by this Man Jesus Christ!
  • Evangelism is enforcing the Victory of Christ in ALL the world! It is for EVERY creature.
  • Evangelism is serving notice on the devil that he has no right to hold such persons in slavery any

Any contention encountered from the devil,  is to be met with a firm reminder of the declaration of the court of heaven; that he has no legal right any more over the lives of men and women. This is the “judgment written“.

  • This is the legal decision of the court of heaven, delivered by the presiding judge; the judge of the entire universe. This is legal; this is final!
  • Evangelism is spoiling the strong man’s house; carrying off his goods {men and women}, and bringing them to the one to whom they belong.

LET US!

Let us not be indifferent about going!

Let us not allow timidity or fear to prevent us from going!

Let us be bold in our going.!

Let us go pursue the execution of the emancipation proclamation; Jesus died for all men.

Let us be persistent in our faith if the enemy contends our authority.

Let us not be deterred by the difficulties and life threatening circumstances that we may have to encounter in the course of carrying out our God given task.

For our victor has triumphed, and our commander has commissioned us; We will Trust and we will Obey!

ABOVE ALL – LET US GO.

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