Communicators for Christ

by David & Stephen Olford

David and Stephen OlfordText: "All Authority is given unto me in heaven and earth. Go ye therefore and disciple all nations" (Matt. 28: 18-19).

Thought: The Risen Lord Jesus called His disciples to make disciples. Central to this calling was and is the need to be communicators of His truth. Let's consider what this glorious text teaches us about being communicators for Christ:

1. Our Authority as Communicators for Christ. "All authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth"(v. 18). Let us remember that universal authority was ever and always the inherent right of the Son of God, but it necessitated His incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection to demonstrate, as well as to dedicate that authority to people like you and me. By faith we can now appropriate this order to direct divine power and to destroy demonic power in the interests of the gospel.

2. Our Activity as Communicators for Christ. "Make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you"(vv. 19,20). With every means at our disposal we have a specific activity that we are to fulfill until the end of the age. First, we are to evangelize men and women for Christ. Secondly, we are to enroll men and women for Jesus Christ-"Baptizing then into the name of the Father"the Son and the Holy Ghost." Baptism is the sacrament by which committed Christians are to confess their identity with Christ and His church. Thirdly, we are to educate men and women for Christ-"teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." Once in the church, converts are to be nurtured in the grace and taught in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

3.Our Ability as communicators for Christ. "Lo, I am with you always. Even unto the consummation of the age"(v. 20). In this closing promise of the Commission the Lord Jesus guarantees His personal ability: "Lo, I am with you." How wonderful to know that Jesus Himself attends His own. He has not even assigned us to the care of an archangel, even though angels do have a guardian ministry over us, but He accompanies us Himself. Furthermore, He guarantees His purposeful ability-"Lo, I am with you always, even to the consummation of the age." That word "consummation" signifies the unfolding plan which Christ is bringing to final realization; and the thrill of it is that we are caught up in that plan and will see it through to victory. What a challenge and adventure it is to be communicators for God! 

Thrust: As communicators we are to reach the people, teach the gospel, teach the Bible, and in doing so, make disciples.

Dr. David Olford teaches expository preaching at Union University's
Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, Tennessee

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