And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:18–20).
By these words the missionary office is bound upon the Church through all ages, till every part of the earth shall have been evangelized.
Once the tempter took Jesus to a high mountain, to show him the kingdoms of this world and their glory, in order to induce him to flee the cross in obtaining the Kingdom. Now Jesus himself shows his disciples the kingdoms of this world, after the cross had been borne, and points out the conquest his sacrifice and love shall achieve through the gospel.
He must have supreme and truly divine dominion, who commands eternal life to be promised in his name, the whole world to be reduced under his sway, and a doctrine to be promulgated which is to subdue every high thing and bring low the human race. And certainly the apostles would never have been persuaded to attempt so arduous a task, had they not known that their Protector and Avenger was sitting in the heaven, to whom supreme dominion had been given.
We are not to invent anything new; nor to change anything to suit the current of the age; but to teach the baptized believers to observe “all things whatsoever” our Divine King has commanded.
Baptism is a mere ceremonial and initial act of obedience to Christ, which should be followed by a lifelong obedience to all his commandments. The person who is discipled and baptized is only ...1
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