Monday, we talked about the seemingly sudden shift from Jesus telling people not to spread the word about His activities(for the most part, there were exceptions), to telling his disciples to tell everybody. We looked at two questions:
What changed? Why did He suddenly want them to tell the world?
Who was the instruction to “go,” even given to? Was it for just the disciples then, or everybody now?
I came to the conclusion that the command to “go” was a universal command, and it still applicable to all believers even today. That seems to be a consensus among readers, as universally the response was agreement with the premise of the post. There were also some great additions made in the comments. As I like to do sometimes, today’s post will let some of those comments see public light, so to speak.
There were good comments by good bloggers. Each comment also has a link to the particular bloggers last post. Go read; there is some good Christian writing going on out there. Blessings and enjoy.
Desiray at The Devotion Cafe started things off with this:
When He gave the great commission He was talking to His Disciples in and us who follow Him.
Here was a stirring personal testimony from Bruce at Godsmanforever:
Wally, I only shared the Gospel twice in the first 7 years and 2 days after God graced me with salvation… I had somehow taken back control from the Holy Spirit until 6/04/2009… I am living proof that it is the power of the Holy Spirit motivating the heart of the Christian who allows Him total control of their lives…that will give the Christian not only the confidence to share their own testimony and the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… But He will give us the opportunity and the right words to speak when we pray for opportunities to share our faith…
Don at My Heart Is for Israel had some great additional reading and study for us:
I know for sure that I am NOT an evangelist because I have not received that gift from the Holy Spirit. However, I can sure witness to what Yeshua has done in my life as did the man born blind in John 9. That’s a tremendous passage on how to witness by the way.
James at the Isaiah 53:5 Project addressed some reasons why we don’t witness, even though we are told to:
I think the command is for all of us but many don’t go out of fear. We live in a time when witnessing is not always easy to do so people pass.
Evangelism is not everyone’s gift either so a few pass because of that.
Nothing but enthusiasm here from John at Not For Punks:
Here I am Lord, send me!!
A great teaching as always from Patrick at Serving Grace Ministries:
Well…as written above He gave some to be Apostle, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers FOR THE EQUIPPING OF THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY and the edifying of the Body of Christ! (Ephesians 4:12). Last I checked, telling the world about Jesus was a work of the ministry. If you look at it according to verse 12, it is the NON-Five fold that it appears has the greater calling to evangelize the world.
Also, the difference between us and the first disciples…also mentioned above…was that they were to tarry in Jerusalem until endued with power. They were the initial recipients of the Holy Spirit being poured out upon all flesh. Peter was still the same ole weak Peter Jesus walked with until the day of Pentecost. After Pentecost, we saw Spirit filled Peter. That same outpouring is available to us today.
But notice this….Not all 120 in the upper room were of the five fold ministry. Yet, they were equally empowered by the Holy Spirit. I could go on but this is your soap box
And, finally, we close with this from Jim at The Domain For Truth(Anybody who agrees with me has to be on the list!):
I agree with both the conclusion to your two questions
Thanks for those great comments, friends!
Next up: What does to mean to evangelize? What does it mean to witness? Is it the same for all of us?