IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: FULFILING THE GREAT COMMISSION AND MAKING DISCIPLES OF MANY NATIONS
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
SUMMARY: Every Christian has an important, God-given role to play in helping to fulfill the Great Commission.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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[.]’” (Matthew 28:18-19)
“Christ has power over politics. He can make wars, and create peace with a view to the propagation of his word. He can change the hearts of princes, and preside in the counsels of senates. He can cause nations that have long been shut up to be opened to the truth.”
Today I lay before you the greatest challenge ever given to man by the greatest person who has ever lived.
No matter how wealthy, famous, brilliant, or powerful you may be, you will never give yourself to any cause that can compare with this life-changing, even world-changing, call of God.
Today we live in a world of rapid and radical change. Men’s hearts are filled with fear and dread, frustration and despair. Mankind has proven incapable of coping with the pressing problems of our time – the population explosion, the pollution of the environment, the rising tide of crime and violence, sexual rebellion, alcoholism, drug addiction, abortion, pornography, urban sprawl, and wide spread political, social and moral decay.
Oh, what an hour for Christians to become involved in the greatest spiritual harvest since Pentecost! This dark and desperate hour in the affairs of mankind is an hour of destiny, a time of unprecedented opportunity for Christians. This is the hour for which we were born – to set in motion a mighty, sweeping spiritual revolution that will turn the tide and reveal to mankind that the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ offers the basic solutions to every problem facing mankind.
“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.’”
Oh, I would that the church could hear the Savior addressing these words to her now, for the words of Christ are living words, not having power in them yesterday alone, but today also. The injunctions of the Savior are perpetual in their obligation, they were not binding upon merely apostles, but upon us also, and upon every Christian does this yoke fall, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” We are not exempt today from the service of the first followers of the Lamb, our marching orders are the same as theirs, and our Captain requires from us obedience as prompt and perfect as from them. Oh, that his message may not fall upon deaf ears, or be heard by uninterested souls!
Brethren, the heathen are perishing, shall we let them perish? His name is blasphemed, shall we be quiet and still? The honor of Christ is cast into the dust, and his foes revile his person and resist his throne, shall we his soldiers suffer this, and not find our hands feeling for the hilt of our sword, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God? Our Lord delays his coming, shall we begin to sleep, or to eat, or to be drunken? Shall we not rather gird up the loins of our mind, and cry unto him, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly”?
The scoffing skeptics of these last days have said that the anticipated conquest of the world for Christ is but a dream, or an ambitious thought, which crossed our leader’s mind, but which never is to be accomplished. It is asserted by some that the superstitions of the heathen are too strong to be battered down by our teachings, and that the strongholds of Satan are utterly impregnable against our attacks. Shall it be so? Shall we be content to foolishly sit still?
Nay, rather let us work out the problem, let us prove the promise of God to be true, let us prove the words of Jesus to be words of soberness, let us show the efficacy of his blood, and the invincibility of his Spirit by going in the spirit of faith, teaching all nations, and winning them to the obedience of Christ our Lord.
I do not know how to begin to preach this morning, but still it seems to me, standing here, as if I heard that voice saying, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” And my soul sometimes pants and longs for the liberty to preach Christ where he was never preached before, not to build upon another man’s foundation, but to go to some untrodden land, some waste where the foot of Christ’s minister was never seen, that there “the solitary place might be glad for us, and the wilderness rejoice and blossom as the rose.”
I have made it a solemn question whether I might not testify in China or India the grace of Jesus, and in the sight of God I have answered it. Oh, do none of you hear the call this morning?
Oh, that I could preach like Peter the Hermit—a better crusade than he! Oh, that there were might in some human lips to move the thousands of our Israel to advance at once, unanimously and irresistibly to the world’s conquest, like one tremendous tide rising from the depths of the ocean, to sweep over the sands, the barren sands which are now given up to desolation and death! Oh, that once again the voice of thunder could be heard, and the lightning spirit could penetrate each heart, that as one man the entire church might take the marching orders of her Lord, and go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of Israel’s God!
O Lord, if we fail to speak, fail not you to speak. And if we know not how to bear your burden, or express your amazing thoughts, yet speak you with that all-constraining silent voice which well-trained ears can hear, and make your servants obedient to you now, for Christ’s sake!
Awake, Thou Spirit, who of old
Didst fire the watchman of the church’s youth,
Who faced the foe, unshrinking, bold,
Who witness’d day and night the eternal truth,
Whose voices through the world are ringing still,
And bringing hosts to know and do Thy will.
Oh, that Thy fire were kindled soon,
That swift from land to land its flame might leap!
Lord, give us but this priceless boon
Of faithful servants, fit for Thee to reap.
The harvest of the soul; look down and view
How great the harvest, yet the laborers few.
Oh, haste to help ere we are lost!
Send forth evangelists, in spirit strong,
Arm’d with Thy Word, a dauntless host,
Bold to attack the rule of ancient wrong;
And let them all the earth for Thee reclaim,
To be Thy kingdom and to know Thy name.”
“We are sure to succeed, the gospel must conquer. It is possible for heaven and earth to pass away, but it is not possible for God’s Word to fail, and therefore it is utterly impossible that any nation, or kindred, or tongue should to the end stand out against the attacks of love, against the invasion of the armies of King Jesus.”
May the Lord, the divine Master, add his blessing to the feeble words that I have uttered, and let me not conclude till I have said, I must teach you too, and this is the teaching of God, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.” Trust him with your soul, and he will save you. For “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; he that believes not shall be damned.”
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