How absurd to think that a new disciple could make disciples soon after they become a disciple of Jesus. It ought to be clear that they’re just not ready. Look at all the training and experience I’ve got. Compare that with a complete lack of training that a new disciple would have.
But Jesus doesn’t seem so concerned about my training, experience, or knowledge. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus’ words clearly imply that those new disciples are to make disciples. This idea is inherent in his statement that new disciples are to obey the commands of Jesus. Now within this pericope, you find the command to go make disciples.
Throughout Biblical history, we see that God is less concerned about status, knowledge, or even competency. He seems to be interested in obedience. But what good is obedience with people who are totally incompetent, untrained, and unqualified?
Remember, our obedience is coupled with two significant factors within this text we’re considering. Jesus said, “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore…” So it is clear that the command to “go” was contingent on the vital fact that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus. Jesus’ authority is the driving force behind our “going” in obedience to him.
The second factor is the promise that Jesus gives us, “And behold I am with you always, to the end of the age.” The previous paragraph mentions the driving force behind the “going” and now, we see the sustaining force behind the “going.”
I’m not anti-intellectual nor do I de-value training — these are all important. But I believe that obedience to Jesus supersedes all other factors.
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