Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
I. The NATURE of the work which Christ has entrusted to His Church.
1. Work of spiritual enlightenment.
2. Work of ingathering into His Church. Manifold, yet one. Let us arouse ourselves to the duty of gathering all suitable persons into its fellowship.
3. Work of incitement to holiness. As holiness is characteristic of God, so it ought to be of His people. Thus the work is rapidly sketched by the Redeemer.
II. The EXTENT of the work Christ has committed to His Church. Christ's preaching prepared the way for the doctrine of universal brotherhood. No people, near or remote, are to be neglected. This distinguishes Christianity from all other systems of religion. It is not let them come if they will and receive the gospel, but go forth, leave all, and proclaim the gospel, etc.
III. The ENCOURAGEMENTS to the work which Christ has entrusted to His Church. There are many discouragements in the execution of this commission. "The kings of the earth have set themselves together," etc.
1. The power of Christ. We have might as well as right on our side.
2. The presence of Christ.
(A. A. Southerns.)
I. A great TRUTH was revealed — "All power," etc.
II. A great TRUST was imparted.
1. They were to make disciples of all nations.
2. They were to administer the ordinance of Christian Baptism.
3. They were to instruct their converts in the mind and will of the great Master and Saviour. "Who is sufficient for these things?"
III. A great promise.
(J. R. Thompson.)
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