The Ignored Command
"The Great Commission"
Regardless of our denomination, sometimes, unknowingly we become "brainwashed." We tend to define our faith based on our denominations rather than in God Himself. We become dependent on the Pastor's revelation of God's word. Hardly do we consider that we ourselves can obtain the same revelation. How? James 1:5 "If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God (Who gives) to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him." The Lord states, if we seek him we shall find him. He is willing to give up rest about every issue we may come across.
My issue was "The Great Commission" as referenced in Matt. 28:19 "Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" My second concern was the use of in Jesus' name and in the name of the Lord Jesus. As it states in Col. 3:17 "And whatever you do (no matter what it is) in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in (dependence upon) His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him." Now, the bible doesn't contradict itself so, how do these verses relate to one another?
After two years of seeking God I received my answer. When being baptized, we must use in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit as stated by Jesus (Himself) in the book of Matt. 28:19. We are also to give Him (Jesus) recognition by using (in Jesus name). Why? Because the price He paid on the cross for us.
We are to pray to our Heavenly Father and in the same breath, give thanks to Jesus by using in Jesus Name. We are to preach, minister, and evangelize all in the name of Jesus. Again, this is still according to Col. 3:17.
On the night of January 24th, 2007, a final rest came over me. And even though this article was already completed months ago, God filled in the missing link. I had already accepted the fact that baptizing according to Matt. 28:19 was not wrong. I understood that I must use in Jesus Name according to Col. 3:17 no matter what I did (word or deed). The verses made sense, but a link was missing. While studying on the 24th, I stumbled across John 16:24. It reads, "Up to this time you have not asked a (single) thing in My name (as presenting all that I AM); but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete." This verse linked all the verses together and established my final rest.
Now, how we were to ever know that in Jesus name and in the name of the Lord Jesus were not commanded by Jesus until, John 16:24? Matt. 28:19 was disregarded and was irrelevant and Col. 3:17 and Acts 2:38 became the most commonly used scriptures to debunk Matt. 28:19. Jesus stated in John 16:24 that the disciples never asked anything (a single thing) in His name, but now ask and keep asking. In John 16:24, Jesus established a commandment that all things are to be done in His name.
If you search the Old Testament-nothing! In Jesus name and in the name of the Lord Jesus began only after Jesus commanded so in John 16:24 and continued on.
We make religion so hard! We make it so complicated by adding or deleting from the word. One verse can't explain a chapter. Our rest is incomplete when we're misguided by Ireland scriptures (per say) compounded by earthly wisdom and our lack of determination to study ourselves.
We must study the word ourselves in order to obtain the wisdom God freely gives.
Tara L. Crockett
Author, Exhaling Life Changing Poems 2002 (Revised Coming Soon)
& Out Of The Heart Flows The Issues Of Life (unpublished)
My website: www.allthingrpossible.highpowersites.com
Appearance on WWL Channel 4 w/ Sally Ann Roberts "The Morning Show".
Various appearances on "The Light of Jesus Show" w/ Betty Howard.
First book signing at Walgreens' 5300 Tchoupitoulas in May 2003.
Speaking engagements at local churches.
Awarded "Single Heart in Christ 2003" by Tulane MBC
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