All Means All
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. ~Matthew 28:18
The word "all" implies that everything is included and nothing is left out. It has the idea of completeness and entirety. This morning, I would like for us to think upon the “all-sufficiency” of the gospel and of the Great Commission.
There is the commission to go to all nations.
When Jesus gave us the Great Commission, His intention was that every nation, every tribe, every people group, and every language would be reached with the gospel. He intended for local, New Testament churches to be planted and to thrive in all communities. He gave us the means by which the world would be reached. "All nations" implies that no one is left out. From the smallest to the largest, from the most prosperous to the most poverty-stricken, and from the most open to the most closed: God desires that the gospel would go to all nations.
There is the command to teach them to observe all things.
The preaching and teaching of the church is not meant to just give people something to think about. The preaching and teaching is meant to move men into action. It is meant to compel them to do something for God! To observe all things implies compliance and obedience to God’s Word. The Lord has given us a large list of commands that are to be obeyed. Walking in the Spirit is one of them. Church attendance is another one. Confessing our sins to God is another one. Praying without ceasing is another one. These commands that have been given are for our benefit and are not meant to be a burden.
There is the comprehensive power.
Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” That includes the power in prayer. That includes the power for winning souls to Christ. That includes the power to overcome our fears. That includes the power to learn a difficult language and adapt to a new culture. Christ’s power is exclusive to His people. It is unlimited power! It is power that is endless. It is power that is unmatched. It is power that defeats the devil and demons of the underworld. It is victorious power!
There is the comfort of “I am with you alway.”
In the most difficult moments, Jesus is there always. In the darkest moments that we face, Jesus is there always. When we are not sure of what to do, Jesus is there always. No matter who we go to, where we go, or what we encounter, Jesus is there always. Our feeble mind and soul sometimes assume that the Lord is not with us. However, we have His comforting assurance that we are not left defenseless or by ourselves.
The gospel ministry is all-sufficient, all-powerful, and all-complete. Don’t let setbacks, fruitless days, or frustrating people rob you of the all-sufficiency that Christ gives. He is able to help us execute ministry to His glory and for His supreme purpose. Before you throw in the towel or reduce your efforts, always remember the "all" that is in the Great Commission!
Have an all-in God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 14-16