What Does Matthew 28:19 Mean?

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 28:19(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Just before His ascension the Lord gave the Church their great commission, to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. But discipleship is not synonymous with becoming a Christian. True discipleship can only happen after salvation – for a disciple is one that learns of Christ and keeps on learning of Him

The commission Christ gave was to make disciples of all nations. A disciple of Christ is a learner of Christ and we are all called to be disciples of Christ - to learn of Him and to mature in our faith. The commission Christ gave His own disciples at His ascension was not simply a call to evangelize the lost (who certainly need to learn about God’s free gift of Salvation through Christ, so that they can trust Him as Saviour) - but it is equally a call for all believers to learn of Christ and to keep on learning of Him throughout their whole life, and even to become teachers of Christ as we grow in our Christian life.

Too often Christ's commission is only seen as a evangelistic call to lost sinners – but it has far wider implications for it is equally a call to teach those that are saved – for all believers need to learn of Christ and to be grounded in the word of God – for God wants all people to be saved and also to come to a knowledge of the truth. It is a fact that all disciples of Christ are believers in Him but not all believers in Christ become His disciples.

Only a believer who is learning of Christ and growing in grace can truly be called a disciple of Christ – but not all believers are disciples for not all believers are learners of Christ. Let us all become true disciples of Christ as we learn more and more of Him.

 

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, it is my desire to know You more; to learn more of You and to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Give me a teachable spirit I pray, so that I may grow in grace. And I pray that You would enable me to go and disciple others in Your strength, so that together we all come to a knowledge of the truth in Christ Jesus, in Whose name I pray, AMEN.

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