Look at Luke 24 again with me, if you will, verse 44, let's pick it up again in the text. "Now He said to them, 'These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms may be fulfilled...must be fulfilled.' Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures and He said to them, 'Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things and behold, I am sending forth a promise of My Father upon you but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.'"
Now the main thrust in this section is verse 47. This is the commission, the call, the mission mandate to the followers of Jesus that repentance for forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in His name. They have seen the risen Christ. They now know that He is alive, that he died and rose the third day. And that, because of that, salvation is accomplished and forgiveness of sins has been purchased and they must proclaim that to the world.
As I told you this morning, this is the goal of everything in the church. We are in the church doing all that we do, all spiritual ministry, with a goal in mind of building up Christian people so that they can effectively evangelize the lost. Everything we do, whether it's fellowship, teaching, worship, instruction, practical training, service of every kind and any kind, the pursuit of holiness, all of these things are for the maturing of the saints for the work of the ministry which in the end is the building of the body of Christ through evangelism, speaking the truth in love as Ephesians 4 lays it out....
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The Great Commission: Proclaiming Forgiveness to the World, Part 2 (Luke 24:44--49) John MacArthur
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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry... gty.org