Corrections…Teach Them “All” That I Command You

Originally Posted Sunday, January 22, 2012

I had to make some corrections on a “misunderstanding of Scripture” last week. I had another opportunity to preach God’s word this past Sunday (here). As I studied the familiar verses from Matthew 28:18-20:

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.”

Every time I would encourage others to make disciples, there would be a familiar comment from me inserted in my encouragement. “When Jesus says teaching them to obey all that I command you, all He is saying is to teach others the things He has taught you. Jesus has taught you (individually) many things…teach them those things,” I would encourage.

But that’s not all Jesus was saying here.

After looking through a couple of commentaries, I ran into this quote: Jesus is telling the disciples to obey “everything I commanded you…everything.

This isn’t just for the apostles or pastors… but for all who follow Jesus.

He gave direct commands. He gave commands through parables. Jesus gave them all the commands because He was the law giver in the beginning (John 1:1, Colossians 1:15-18, Exodus 3:13-15, 20:1-18)!

Why, my heart dropped to my feet! “Wow…I’m a pastor,” I said to myself, silently, while being convicted. “I need to know ALLof Jesus’ commands so that I may obey and teach othersALL and not just the commands I know!” I think I truly understand now!

Jesus gave a whole lot of commands…

But He summed up all the commands of God by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.”

I pray that I will teach others everything Christ has commanded me!

Even pastors interpret passages incorrectly sometimes.


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