Study of Matthew 28:16-20 ~ My answers to BSF study questions
11. Authority means the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. Has the right to delegate authority.
Synonyms: power, jurisdiction, command, control, charge, dominance, rule, sovereignty, supremacy.
12. a. Principle command Jesus gave His disciples—Go and make disciples of all nations.
Great promise Jesus made to His disciples—I will always be with you.
b. Repeated words and ideas—All authority. All nations. Teach them all that I have commanded you.
Baptize them. Teach them.
Jesus earlier gave His disciples authority to do the same miracles He did. Later He authorized and sent out seventy-two. Here He is authorizing them and us to go to all nations—not just specific places in Israel—and make disciples (duplicating themselves) and confer that authority to others.
c. When we make disciples, we should—
- Baptize them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
- Teach them everything Jesus taught.
13. Practical ways Christ’s resurrection can change my daily life—
Romans 5:10 — “God loves us much more now than He did before our salvation. And before our salvation, He loved us so much that He died for us. He loves us even more now.”
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.
2 Corinthians 4:10-18 — I love verse 17 — “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.” If Paul could call his life experience a “momentary light affliction,” then by comparison, my life experience is peaceful and luxurious. The following quote from Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary on this is something I should read every time I begin to feel sorry for myself:
Paul did three things that diminished his sufferings.
First, Paul knew all the things suffered in this life were only like a moment in comparison to eternity. Paul put everything in perspective. Those who are crumbling under their heavy loads are always shortsighted. They become consumed with what is happening to them at that moment and forget that bad things don’t last forever. Everything in this life is only temporary. One of my favorite scriptures is, “It came to pass.” That’s why it came, so it could pass. The sun will come up tomorrow. It always does. And even if we find ourselves in a situation that may last a lifetime, that’s only temporary too. We will live much longer in the blessings of heaven than we ever live in the hardships of earth.
Second, Paul knew that all the things he was suffering would work out to his eternal benefit. We have great things awaiting us in glory. Jesus endured the cross by focusing on “the joy that was set before him” (Hebrews 12:2). The night before they entered into their greatest trials, Jesus told His disciples about the mansions He would prepare for them (John 14:2-3). This was for the same purpose of getting their attention focused on the prize instead of the effort put forth to obtain the prize. Comparing our hardships here to the benefit awaiting us will always tip the scale in favor of the positive. As Paul said in Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
Third, Paul focused his attention on the permanent things of the spiritual realm instead of the temporary things of this physical world (see my note at 2 Corinthians 4:18).
Galatians 2:20 — I can’t say it better than The Message translation:
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
Philippians 3:10 — I get to “know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.” The Message
Colossians 3:1-4 — My new life (in Christ) is now my real life. My real life is invisible to spectators. I can be content with obscurity because the real me can see things from God’s perspective! The Message
14. My heart burned within me as the Holy Spirit opened up the scriptures. (Luke 24:32)