February 15, 2021 In the Name of.... - Pastor Perry Windecker

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)


Have you ever seen someone and just by their looks you knew they were a child of someone you know very well? We all inherit traits from our families. I have my great grandfather’s eyes and my grandfather’s chin and so on. If you know them you know me, and this is also true in reverse.

Discipleship is likened to this. I mean that creating disciples identifies you with Christ—for only disciples create disciples. However, to realize the full power of this great commission we must include the full statement Jesus made, the part that goes with the “therefore.” It reads, “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go…’” When reading this verse, all the power of heaven and earth… coupled with in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, one sees that you have all the authority of heaven and earth, which is the full Triune God. Moreover, we are also called to do so just like Him. Look at the phrase "in the name of." What is the name of God? He Himself, the Father, says He is who He is, “I am who I am;” meaning His name is reference to His attributes and character. Therefore, "in the Name of the Father", Son, and Spirit also refers to in the character of the Father, Son and Spirit. In the character of truth, love, justice, and holiness like Christ we should GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them. In this way we truly identify as disciples making disciples with the One that we are making disciples for; Christ—and all can see who we inherit our character from.

Can anyone see who you belong to?

[1] Matthew 28:18-19

[2] Exodus 3:14

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