If you are familiar with church, then you are likely familiar with this phrase: “Go ye into all the world…” It is the beginning of the Great Commission as recorded in Mark’s Gospel. And you are also probably familiar with Matthew’s version which reads:
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.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20 emphasis mine)
I’ve always liked Matthew’s version of this Commission better because it provides a fuller understand of what we are being commissioned to do as well as how to fulfill that commission.
When people think of this statement, they usually think of the Gospel, yet I would submit to you that this passage speaks of so much more: it speaks of Kingdom.
When the term kingdom surfaces, there are a few words that immediately come to mind: authority, dominion, and government. I would like to dwell on government.
Merriam-Webster defines government as the continuous exercise of authority over and the performance of functions for a political unit; rule; the complex of political institutions, laws, and customs through which the function of governing is carried out; the body of persons that constitutes the governing authority of a political unit or organization; the officials comprising the governing body of a political unit and constituting the organization as an active agency.
Now think back on the Great Commission and the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Gospel is of the Kingdom of God, meaning that when we proclaim it, we are kingdom heralds. When we enforce it, we are kingdom policemen and military. When we implement it, we are the governing Body of authority.
What is our authority? It is the name of Jesus, the Blood red seal of our right to enforce His rule in the earth gifted to us over 2,000 years ago and made effective through the power of the cross and His resurrection.
In Mark’s Commission, you learn the lengths of your Kingdom authority.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature…. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:15; 17-18 emphasis mine)
Have you ever seen a movie wherein the magistrates or soldiers made a command “in the name of the king”? They are standing in place of their king, armed with his authority. This is what we do when we employ the name of Jesus to make a decree, pray a prayer, or cast out a demon (Luke 9:1-2; 10:19). And we have this ability because God our Father has made us join-heirs with His Son, Christ, and seated us beside Him to rule (Romans 8:16-17; Ephesians 2:6).
But God didn’t stop there! He gave us the ability to bind and to loose things—acts, behaviours, laws—on earth that will also be bound and loosed in Heaven (Matthew 6:10)!
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind (declare illegal) on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose (declare legal) on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 emphasis mine)
So now with all of this commissioning, authority, and ability to rule our earthly dominion as God created us to according to Genesis 1:26-278, do you really think that God would have you contain your Christian beliefs within your home and the four walls of the church when the world is going to hell in a hand basket? No! He commissioned us to bring His Kingdom to the earth and if we fulfill this Great Commission, then little by little, territory by territory, the Kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our Christ!