“And [Christ] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the [G]ospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
“These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” (Acts: 17:6b.)
“Go ye therefore [because “All power is given unto [M]e (the Resurrected Christ) in [H]eaven and earth] and teach all nations, baptizing them in the [N]ame of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost…” (Matthew 28:17b.-19)
“… [R]epentance and remission of sins should be preached in [H]is [N]ame among all nations…” (Luke 24:47b.)
I enjoy movies greatly (sorry to my bound legalist friends). In movies, especially action adventure or war films or post apocalyptic movies there is normally an element that is seeking to take over the world or their spot in the world. These elements are usually depicted as evil geniuses or mad men with power and as in control of others; whether it’s “Cobra” from “G.I. Joe” or The “League of Assassins” from my past….err….I mean Batman’s past, or Kryptonian Aliens from Superman’s former home, or “Pinkie and the Brain.”
Even in real life, there is the very real, very clear and very present danger of ISIS, who are seeking to take over the world with their wicked and (s)atanic ideas as they are of their father, the (d)evil who are performing and manifesting his lusts and desires… Silly (s)atan, the Earth is for the meek.
However, I wonder if the “Starship Church” has forgotten their “Prime Directive” given them by the “Captain of their Salvation?” The Church’s “Prime Directice” is to Overtake, over whelm, over throw this “present evil world” that “lieth in wickedness.” Our prime directive or great commission is to support the rebellion behind the enemy’s lines and to break down the strongholds.
To be true to Scripture I must teach within the context and intent of Scripture. Some may disagree with my sound theology but I ask them to bear with me and I trust they will not see me as a heretic. The (1st) first, (3rd) third and (4th) fourth passages above were spoken by Christ to His Apostles. They were told to preach, teach and to baptize. The Christ-ian believer is not told from these passage to go ye in to all the world preaching, teaching and baptizing. My proof or point is simple…does the Christ-ian believer have the authority to preach, teach and to baptize or are these reserved to those that are called by God to fill the office of Minister? It seems to me Christ was giving orders to those that are called to His service in ministry as prophet, preacher, missionary, evangelist, pastor, or teacher.
The great commission was and is meant to authorize those called to leadership, for it is written, prior to the commission itself, that all power has been given the Son of God and He, in turn, bestows that power upon His chosen and called ministers. He further states that the Holy Spirit would descend and empower the called ministers to witness to Christ’s death and His Resurrection. I believe this is still true today. Those that are called to fill a spiritual office are charged, by Christ. to preach, teach, and baptize. Therefore, the great commission is not charged to all the Church but to the called ministers of God.
HOWEVER!!!, HOWEVER!!! HOWEVER!!!…….Scripture teaches that like calls unto like as in deep calls unto deep, and the spirit witnesses to those with like spirit, or the order to be fruitful and multiply and beget offspring in the likeness of the multiplier. God said, “Let us make man in [O]ur [I]mage” and this creative spirit is intrinsic, methinks, in all born again believer priests (2 Peter).
It is seen in life begetting life; a woman gives birth to another of her likeness and that child, generally speaking, will go on to give birth to another of her likeness. Scripture also states that things done on earth are a shadow or picture or type of how things are in Heaven, is it not written, “[T]hy will be done on earth as it is in [H]eaven?” God is the Creator and those like Him, made or remade in His Image, should then also have a creative spirit within that causes them to call out to others like themselves.
Having said all that has been said, let me summarize thusly, While Christ’s commission was and is specific and particular, in its charge, to those especially called to be spiritual helps, and leaders and to fill offices as prophet, preacher, pastor, missionary, or evangelist…in other words, God-called minister, those numberless members of The Good Shepherd’s flock will also beget others in their likeness as it is spiritially biological.
All the members of Christ’s Body have an intrinsic need to “take over the world” and it must be awakened. The manner in which we take over the world is by calling unto others that are or will be like us. I’m talking about those that are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, those that “must needs” be saved, I’m talking about the lost for whom Christ came seeking and and saving and whom God is not willing that they should perish.
We know not who’s names are fore-written in the Lamb’s Book so we, the Church, the Body of Christ, we the sanctified, we that bear His Son’s Image must call out to all persons, people, and peoples for He said, “And I, If I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto [M]e.” He also said, “All that the Father giveth [M]e shall come to me; and him that cometh to [M]e I will in no wise cast them out.”
Paul, from Rome, wrote to the Thessalonians (methinks the Thessalonians), that their faith is being spoken of through out the world. One should infer from that that the Thessalonians were speaking loudly and speaking often about their faith and of much, much more import, the One in Whom their, God-gifted and God granted faith, is placed.
In summary, those called to fill certain spiritual offices are charged with, directed to, and commissioned to “go forth” and “preach repentance and remission of sins in [H]is [N]ame” “to all nations”, “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever [Christ] has commanded”…and baptizing these nations of the world “in the [N]ame of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” And thereby we shall take over the world…Mwa Ha Ha Mwa Ha Ha………
And those that are called to salvation but do not fill an office of ministry, they too, have the right, the priviledge, the honour, and the authority to speak of and to witness to the Life, and Soul Saving Son of God, Whose Name is Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Living and the dead, Who can save to the uttermost
To be a witness to Christ is not a task or a responsibility one begrudgingly performs but to be a witness to Christ’s love, compassion, and power is a great honour and a great priviledge for it is written, “that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.”
I’m not heritical; this is sound and contextual teaching……Mwaaaa Ha Ha Mwaaaa Ha Ha….MWAA HA HA!!!….