A careful look at Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore”, reveals that the word “GO” is a passive verb, not an imperative which many attempt to turn into a command. David Hesselgrave helpfully points out that the word “Go” really means “as you are going” or “as you move from one place to another”. I would argue that this supports the idea that the best evangelists for any people group are the indigenous missionaries who carry the gospel message through their normal daily living.
Where is the imperative in this verse? It is in the word “make disciples”, those that believe and by faith follow in obedience. The method of making disciples of all nations (“ethnos”) is through baptizing them and teaching them. As we look at the Book of Acts, this is exactly what the apostles did after the Holy Spirit came. The prime example is Acts 2:38 where Peter preached repentance – the starting point for every disciple.
More will be written tomorrow about baptism.
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