Principle for Bible Reading
Some of God’s commands in the Bible are very difficult, if not impossible. Therefore, we need to pay close attention to the promises in Scripture that accompany God’s commands and equip us with God’s power to do the impossible.
- Six Commands
- Two Promises (Jesus’s Authority and Presence)
- Go. (Matthew 28:19)
- Make disciples. (Matthew 28:19)
- Take the gospel to all the nations. (Matthew 28:19)
- Baptize them. (Matthew 28:19)
- Make plain the Trinity. (Matthew 28:19)
- Teach them to obey. (Matthew 28:20)
- “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18). We have the warrant and power to fulfill Jesus’s commission.
- “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). There will never be a moment or a circumstance in which I won’t be with you.
- How many separate commands can you identify in Matthew 28:18–20? Are there commands or facets of commands that you missed before?
- What promise(s), if any, does Jesus make to his disciples in these verses?
- How do Jesus’s commands and promises relate to one another in Matthew 28:18–20?
Piper: “We don’t go in our own strength. We go in the authority of the one who created and redeemed the world.”