Posted by: SandreS | May 16, 2010

Israel’s Great Commission, Part 2

Who Is Being Addressed?

Most people clearly understand who is speaking in the so-called “Great Commission,” but it seems only a very few know to whom Jesus was actually speaking. This is of utmost importance in properly understanding the Scriptures. Let’s read the passages closely and notice who was being addressed.

The eleven disciples went away into Galilee … and Jesus came and spoke to them, saying … Go you therefore … (Matthew 28:16-19).

Afterward He appeared unto the eleven … and He said to them, “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:14-15).

And you are witnesses of these things (Luke 24:48).

The disciples were assembled … then said Jesus to them again, “Peace be to you: as My Father has sent Me, even so send I you” (John 20:19-21).

He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen … He said to them … “But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:2, 7-8).

Clearly, in every passage Israel’s Apostles are the only ones present. Now, by what strange rule of scriptural study do we interpret these passages to be “commissions” to anyone but to whom it says that they are?

This then is indisputably not our “Great Commission,” but rather the commission of Israel’s Apostles. It might also be noted that this is not our Lord’s last command, for He spoke from heaven through Paul giving us a Grace Commission (c.f. II Corinthians 5:14-21).

(To be continued …)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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