22 Nov And Behold, I Am With You
I was reminded today of the words of Jesus “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” that is so often quoted. But if you read the entire verse, and the two before it, that are the complete statement of Jesus. I think we might just learn that His statement “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” does not mean what everyone thinks it does.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mat 28:17-20
His words I am with you always seem to be linked to going, doing all the tings He mentions before those those famous words, that is what is known as the great commission.
You see the going and doing is linked by the words “and behold” He is saying if you go and do these things, I am with you. If you follow my way of life, obedient to my command to go and make disciples, baptizing and teaching the Word, He will be with you. I believe the linking verb, behold, links the two parts together. Meaning the second statement if predicated on the first being true, He is saying if you do, then I will do.
Not if you go and do what you want to do, live a life for you own gain, mandate. Not if you work to for you own gain. But rather Go and Do all that I have commanded, preach the gospel, make disciples and you will behold I am with you. Because you have been obedient and joined Me where I am at work.
I believe Jesus was saying He is with us when we Go and Do what He says. So if we want Jesus to be with us tell the end of the age,then Go and Do all that He said, and He will be with us. I do not believe the general application of that statement by most is right. I think we cannot quote the second part with out quoting the first part, linking the two together.
We should say and know that if we Go and make disciples, baptize and teach the word Jesus will be with us always, with me as I do those things.
Just something to think about, at lest for me.