Jesus spoke to them, saying, “All authority in Heaven and on earth was given to Me; having gone, then, disciple all the nations, immersing them into the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all, whatever I commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days — until the full end of the age.”Matthew 28 (LSV)
If you didn’t see last weeks post, go check it out! Accepting the Great Commision.
Thinking on this some more, I had a thought. Not saying this is Biblical, just a thought I had. I noticed there are basically three how’s to Disciple: Traveling, Teaching, and Immersing. There are three in the Name: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Traveling = Follow Yahushua (I AM saves)/Jesus. Come follow me He says. Jesus was a traveler. “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky places of rest, but the Son of Man has nowhere He may recline the head.” It had never really registered with me that not everyone Jesus said, “Follow me,” to followed Him. We know of the 12 who said yes, but there were a few who did not. (Luke 9). Jesus and His disciples did a lot of traveling, going here and there.
And it came to pass thereafter, that He was going through every city and village, preaching and proclaiming good news of the Kingdom of God, and the Twelve [are] with Him …Luke 8 (LSV)
Some may be called to be a literal traveler like Jesus, or to be in one area, like some of the Disciples were. However, as a Disciple and a Disciple maker, we should be Following Him and walking in His ways as we travel through life.
Immersing = Ruach Hako’desh/Holy Spirit. John (the Baptist) said,
“I indeed immerse you in water, but He comes who is mightier than I, of whom I am not worthy to loose the strap of His sandals — He will immerse you in the Holy Spirit and fire; …”Luke 3 (LSV)
Even John talked about there being more to baptism than just being immerse into water. Jesus said:
If you love Me, keep My commands, and I will ask the Father, and He will give to you another Comforter …John 14 (LSV)
If we allow ourselves to be immersed in the Holy Spirit, we will be guided in the good way and will bear the good fruit. With each new choice we are placed right back into the Garden with Adam and Eve. We are faced with the choice of deciding what is good and evil ourselves (eating the fruit). Or choosing to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what is good and evil (not eating the fruit). What is good? Jesus said:
These things I have spoken to you, remaining with you, and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all the things that I said to you.John 14 (LSV)
Teaching = Fear YHWH (I AM)/God. As Jesus traveled, He taught the commandments of God. He didn’t just quote the commandments, He taught the true meaning of them and how to apply them to everyday life. He said:
… He may remain with you throughout the age: the Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to receive, because it does not see more know [this] One, … he who is having my Commands, and is keeping them, that one it is who is loving Me …John 14 (LSV)
If anyone may love Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and We will make [an] abode with him;
Sounds similar to Matthew, “I am with you all the days.”
As we travel with Jesus, stay immersed in the Holy Spirit, and teach the commandments of God, we will be a Disciple. As a Disciple, the Name will make an abode in us so we can Disciple someone else.
Thought that was pretty interesting three in one! Disciple in the Name.