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To All Nations! To Every Creature!
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The commands of our Lord Jesus Christ breathe nothing less than the spirit of world conquest. "All nations," "all the world," "every creature," "the uttermost part of the earth" – each expression indicates that the heart of Christ was set on claiming His rightful dominion over the world He had redeemed and won for Himself.
He counts on His disciples to undertake and carry out the work.
As He stands at the foot of the Throne, ready to ascend and reign, He tells them, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth," and points them at once to "all the world," to "the uttermost part of the earth," as the object of His and their desire and efforts.
As the King on the Throne, He Himself will be their helper: "I am with you alway." They are to be the advance guard of His conquering hosts, even unto the end of the world. He Himself will carry on the conquest.
He seeks to inspire them with His own assurance of victory, with His own purpose to make this the only thing to be thought of as worth living or dying for – the winning back of the world to its God!
Christ does not teach or argue, ask or plead. He commands! He has trained His disciples to obedience. He has attached them to Himself in a love that will obey.
"If a man love Me, he will keep My words" (John 14:23).
He has already breathed His own resurrection Spirit into them. He can count upon them. He dare say to them: "Go ye into all the world." Formerly, during His life on earth they had more than once expressed their doubt about the possibility of fulfilling His commands. But here, as quietly and simply as He speaks these divine words, they accept them.
And no sooner has He ascended – than they go to the appointed place to wait for the equipment of power from their Lord in heaven, for the heavenly work of making all the nations His disciples.
They accepted the command and passed it on to those who through them believed on His name. And within a generation, simple men, whose names we do not even know, had preached the Gospel in the whole known earth. The command was passed on, and taken up into the heart and life, as meant for all ages.
Meant for Every Disciple
The command is for us, too, for each one of us! There is in the church of Christ no privileged clan to which alone belongs the honor, nor any servant class on which alone rests the duty of carrying the Gospel to every creature.
The life Christ imparts is His own life. The Spirit He breathes is His very own Spirit. The one disposition He works is His own self-sacrificing love. It lies in the very nature of His salvation – that every member of His body, in full and healthy union with Him, feels himself urged to impart what he has received.
The command is no arbitrary law from without. It is simply the revelation, for our intelligent and voluntary consent, of the wonderful truth that we are His body, that we now occupy His place on earth, and that His will and love now carry out through us the work He began, and that now, in His stead, we live to seek the Father’s glory, in winning a lost world back to Him.
Every Man a Disciple
The last great command has been so frequently urged in connection with foreign missions that many are inclined to confine it to them. This is a great mistake. Our Lord’s words, "Go…and teach all nations…teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you," tell us what our aim is to be – nothing less than to make every man a true disciple, living in holy obedience to all Christ’s will.
What a work there is to be done in our Christian churches and our so-called Christian communities before it may be said that the command has been carried out! And what a need that the whole church, with every believer in it, realize that to do this work is the sole object of its existence!
The Gospel brought fully, perseveringly, savingly to every creature – this is the mission, this ought to be the passion of every redeemed soul. For this alone is the Spirit and likeness and life of Christ formed in you.
If there is one thing that the church needs to preach, in the power of the Holy Ghost, it is the absolute and immediate duty of every child of God, not only to take some part in this work, as he may think fit or possible, but to give himself to Christ the Master, to be guided and used as He would have.
And therefore I say to every reader who has taken the vow of full obedience – and dare we count ourselves true Christians if we have not done so? – place yourself at once and wholly at Christ’s disposal. As binding as is the first great command on all God’s people, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…" (Matt. 22:37), is also this, the last great command – "the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
Spreading the Gospel through Herald International
What a privilege it is to join together with you through the ministry of Herald of His Coming and Herald International to take part in the Lord’s call to share the Gospel in all nations and to every creature! Your prayers and support for this ministry are helping the Lord’s message go out through the printed page in various languages, and souls are being won to Christ and disciples are being made. Thank you for allowing your heart for the world to flow through the Herald ministry!
Offer thanksgiving with us for the Herald International offices and editions listed at the bottom of this page, and the editors and workers associated with them. Please also seek the Lord on their behalf for His continued guidance, provision, anointing and protection.
We will write in greater detail later, but please know that our dear brother Ayad Shenouda, co-editor of the Arabic Herald, went to be with the Lord on December 12, 2009. We thank the Lord for this faithful servant of God, and ask that you remember his family, church family and friends in prayer.