Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MATTHEW 28:18-20

"And Jesus came    [to Galilee following His Resurrection - Mt. 28:1-7]

and spake unto them,    [His disciples - Mt. 28:16]

saying, All power,    ["authority" - ἐξουσία (exousia)]

is given unto Me    [from the Holy Spirit - Lk. 4:14; from the Father - Jn. 17:2]

in heaven and in earth.    [over all of creation - Gen. 1:1] 

Go ye therefore,    [because I am your Lord, I command you - Mt. 28:17-18]

and teach    ["teach" is from the Greek μαθητεύω (mathēteuō), which means "make disciples"]

all nations,    [as opposed to just the Jews - Mt. 10:5 cp/w Jn. 1:11-12]

baptizing them     [βαπτίζω (baptizō) - "dip or submerge like a sunken vessel"] 

in the name of the Father,     ["in the authority of the Father, such as His ambassador"]

and of the Son,     ["in the authority of the Son, such as His ambassador"]

and of the Holy Ghost:     ["in the authority of the Spirit, such as His ambassador"] 

teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:     [do it!] 

and, lo, I am with you alway,    [we are indwelt - Jn. 14:7; Col. 1:27] 

even unto the end of the world.     [forever - Heb. 13:5; Rev. 1:6; 4:9-10; 5:13-14; 7:12; etc.]

Amen!"     [So be it! - Rev. 1:6-7, 18; 3:14; 5:14; 7:12; 19:4; 22:20-21; etc.]

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