And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14, NKJV).
Early in Jesus’ ministry, He called Peter and Andrew to be His disciples, which meant that they were to lead others to Him:
Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19, NKJV). Later, the Lord appointed twelve disciples
that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach (Mark 3:14, NKJV). Christ sent out the Twelve Apostles and later seventy disciples to evangelize as well (Matt. 10:5-15, Luke 10:1-12). During forty days after His resurrection, Christ appeared several times to His disciples (1 Cor. 15:3-8), and He placed the responsibility of preaching the gospel in their hands (Acts 1:2-3). Again and again He entrusted them with the gospel commission. Though none of the gospel writers recorded every word Jesus said, each one set down a few sentences of the Lord’s instructions, each account emphasizing a different aspect of the gospel commission and thus providing us with valuable insight into its purpose, methodology, and scope.
This week we’ll look at the gospel commission as Jesus Himself presented it.
*Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, August 30.