• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 14, 2021

Daily Reading: Matthew 27-28

Matthew 28:20

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

The Bible, God’s Holy Word is a book that speaks to all people of all time. Consider today’s verse. In it the Lord not only includes those to whom He is actually speaking, but also us today, and those of tomorrow. He states clearly that I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Those to whom He speaks will not be alive to carry out His commission as given here. Why then, did Jesus say that He would be with them until the end of the world? Because He is. He is with His followers today through the ministry of the Holy Ghost in, and through, them. He was with His followers in spirit and truth then, and He is with His followers today in spirit and truth (See John 4:23, 24 & John 14:17).

This is why, one reason among many, that the Bible is sometimes called the “Living Word”. It continues on and on. Meaning, that the promise He gave those in Matthew 28 is the same promise He gives us today.

What then are His followers told to do? Beginning at verse 18 of the last chapter of Matthew’s Gospel account, His people are told to:

1. Go and teach all nations

2. Baptize those that receive His Gospel

3. Teach those that have been baptized all things that He commands.

This is the marching order for His churches. This is the great commission. This is the purpose, the mission, the task, the job, the responsibility of all His followers throughout the entire church age. It is repeated in some manner in every Gospel account (Matthew-John) and the book of Acts.

Yes, His commission continues and will until the end of the world. In and through it all, He is with us, and we go in His power, and according to His Word. So, continue on dear child of God, continue on! As the last word of Matthew’s Gospel says: Amen. So be it!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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