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06/30/2009

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Some Cool "Alls"


"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me....make disciples of all nations....teaching them all I have commanded you....I am with you always" (Matt. 28:18-20).

You've probably heard the joke about why the bacon is a more valuable part of breakfast than eggs. It is because the pig had to give up it all up to provide us the bacon. For a small word, "all" is a pretty inclusive. All of something means everything. In the "Great Commission," which I paraphrased above there are "four alls" (I fudged a bit on the last one) Lets take a look at them.

"All authority" While on earth Jesus had all the power. He had authority over nature as he calmed the seas and walked on water. He could heal the sick and even bring the dead back to life. All things were put under His feet. He had the authority to give a better covenant which the writer of the Book of Hebrews explained. (8: 6-10) Here on earth today, Jesus still has the authority. "And God placed all things under His feet and appointed Him to be head over everything, for the church which is His body, and the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way" (Eph. 1:22). Now Jesus sits at the right hand of the father and has the authority to judge us in the last day. All the religious problems of the world would be solved with a full recognition of this authority.

"Teach all nations" When Jesus left the earth, He placed the teaching of the gospel into very capable hands....Ours! The gospel is for all nations. We are to be witnesses to "all ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). The gospel is to be preached to "every creature under heaven" (Col. 1:23).

"All things I have commanded you" All nations were to be taught the same thing. The truth of God's Word! This is what the disciples were told on that day and it is what we are told today. As Christians we are to be the people that Jesus expects us to be. Although sin is inevitable, we are to try to be pure. It is a part of "all I have commanded you."

"I am with you always" To me, this is the most comforting part of the Great Commission. He will be with me in times of temptation. He will be with me to guide my steps. He will show me the way to salvation and bring joy into my heart. He will comfort me in my troubles, and give me brothers and sisters to do the same. He will be my strength when I am weak and the Shepherd of my soul.....Some pretty cool "alls."

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