Dr. Gregg Strawbridge - The Great Commissions (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16; Lk. 24; and John 21)


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For The Refuge Church (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) - Matthew 28:18–20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”?

Some view this text to mean that our Lord commands the mere discipling of “individuals from all nations, not the national entities” (says one Reformed Baptist). However, 1) the grammar of this command from the Greek text (mathãteusate panta ta ethnã baptizontes autous) should simply be translated, “Disciple all the nations [and] baptize them (nations).” The OT predicts that the Covenant to Abraham would transform the world - “All the ends of the earth may fear Him (Psa. 67:7); “All nations serve him” (Psa. 72:11); “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will worship before Thee” (Psa. 22:7). “And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:14). All of this is rooted firmly in the Abrahamic...

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