The Forgotten Part of the Great Commission 04/10/2012

by Moody Adams
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).

The problems of our morals, families churches and nation are all the result of one thing, the church is only carrying out half the great commission. Jesus not only said to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). He also commissioned the church to “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20).

There is one thing unifying all Christians—one thing they all have in common. Protestant and Catholic, Calvinist and Armenian, Charismatic and non-charismatic, denominational and Independent, contemporary and traditional have all ignored this command.

Masses of Western Christians have no interest in obeying Christ commands; most do not even know His commands. They cherish His offer of forgiveness, mercy and eternal life, so they are offered these things with no mention of the need to obey Christ.

The godly A.W. Tozer aptly said, “Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late -- and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work. To pray for revival while ignoring the plain precept laid down in Scripture is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble. Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” (

Henry T. Blackaby, Southern Baptist’s spokesman on “Experiencing God” writes, “If Southern Baptists want to see a ‘Great Commission Resurgence,’ they need to focus on the relationship between disciples and the living Lord Jesus, not just launch a new emphasis on evangelism. “I have felt for a long time that Southern Baptists have focused on evangelism and missed discipleship” Blackaby told the Baptist Press on May 11, 2009. “The most important part of the Great Commission is to teach them to practice everything I have commanded you.’ That’s discipleship and that’s the heart of the Great Commission.”

Obedience is not a condition of salvation, but a result of salvation. Obeying my wife’s commands was not a condition of marriage, but a result of marrying her and loving her.

Michael Craven said, “On the one hand we have conservative Christians who want a king without a kingdom (privatized salvation without any public affect) and on the other, liberal Christians who want a kingdom without a king (utopian schemes apart from Christ). Both are products of misunderstanding at best and apostasy at worst.” (S. Michael Craven is the President of the Center for Christ & Culture. Michael is the author of Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity, Navpress).

Jesus asked a disturbing quest of those who praise Him in pious tones, but do not obey Him: “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46).

Obedience is the way we show Christ our love for Him: "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (John 14:21).

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