And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
A Simple Instruction
When God created the world He spoke and it happened. That is powerful. Light was created when the Creator said, “Let there be light.” The word is the agent of creation. This God we serve is huge and He is powerful. The Bible reveals the power of God through the written word telling the story of man from Adam to the day Christ comes again. Whenever man has failed it is always when he denies the word of God. In the Garden of Eden sin entered the world because Satan deceived Eve into believing the word of God was confusing. The early world was destroyed because men rejected the will of God. Israel was given the written word and failed. You and I have the written word and few in the world believe it.
The sad reality of man’s plight is the word of God is neither complex nor hard to understand. It is the devil who whispers in our ear, “Has God indeed said?” He continues to fill the ears of men with his wiles of deceit. They look for wisdom in their own hearts turning away from the simple instructions of salvation. Jesus tells His disciples to go into all the world and make disciples. He outlines a pattern of redemption found in His blood and manifested through the waters of baptism. A disciple is a person who has been immersed in the pattern of God’s authority bestowed upon His Son. Water baptism is necessary for salvation because Jesus said it was. It was a simple instruction yet most religious people reject any notion baptism saves.
When men begin to analyze the simplicity of the word of God, what they create is something more confusing. Ask your friends or neighbors how a person can be saved and you will get more answers than you can shake a stick at. Matthew 28:18-20 is not complex, confusing, difficult to understand nor unclear. Why can’t people just accept what God says and leave it at that? It is tragic that most people will say they love Jesus but will not do what He says. Sad. Eternal sadness. So many people will be lost because they believe Matthew 28:21 instead of the word of God.
The word of God is all those commandments and revelations, those promises and threatening’s, the stories and sermons recorded in the Bible; nothing else is the word of God. (Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living, 1650)