“All that I have commanded you…”

Matthew 28:19–20 (ESV): Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The process of making disciples is ongoing. We continue to do it until the end of the age. I’m confident that Jesus is with me, with us, in this process because he promised that he would be. “…behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

So we know that he is with us, our “hope of glory” (Col. 1:27), helping us in the process of making disciples. We can have great joy even in the midst of difficulty because of his abiding presence with us. There is no doubt that he is with me through the presence of his spirit, our great power of the Holy Spirit. But I would say also that he is with us in the very things that he has commanded us to do. That is, he is with us in “all that I have commanded you.” He is with us in the Holy Scriptures.

All that Jesus trusted and quoted and promised to fulfill of the Law and the Prophets, as well as what the Holy Spirit inspired in the New Testament writers, all of that is imbued with his very living presence. As we abide in the Scriptures, we abide in him. As we use the Scriptures as the foundation of our “teaching (disciples) to observe”, he is with us.

And his power in teaching is so much greater than our power. His wisdom so much greater than our wisdom.

If you grow weary in your efforts in making disciples, return again to trusting and believing in the power of Christ, working through his testimonies, to do “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.” (Eph. 3:20)

Wisdom in Worship

As we gather for worship today, let us make it our prayer that God would grant us wisdom in the knowledge of him. This only happens through the work of the Holy Spirit, so let us also pray that he would reveal God to us through Christ, and that in the awe of that revelation, we would worship. 

The Light and Heat

Just a brief post this morning.

This is a hymn by William Cowper (1731-1800), perhaps best known as the author of “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” and “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”. As Kenneth Osbeck says in his introduction to the hymn, “This hymn teaches an important truth: The same Spirit of God who authored the Bible is the One who enlightens it for our understanding and guidance…”

The Spirit breathes upon the Word, and brings the truth to sight;

Precepts and promises afford a sanctifying light.

A glory gilds the sacred page, majestic like the sun:

It gives a light to ev’ry age; it gives but borrows none.

The Hand that gave it still supplies the gracious light and heat;

His truths upon the nations rise; they rise but never set.

Let everlasting thanks be Thine for such a bright display

As makes a world of darkness shine with beams of heav’nly day.

My soul rejoices to pursue the steps of Him I love,

Till glory breaks upon my view in brighter worlds above.