STUDY ON MATTHEW 28:17 - 20
1. SOME DOUBTED
2. THEY WORSHIPPED HIM
3. ALL POWER IS GIVEN
4. TEACH FIRST
5. IN THE NAME
6. THE HOLY GHOST
17. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18. And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, "All power is
given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19. Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Ghost.
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
- Matthew 28:17-20
The Jews who worship and believe on 'One God' began to worship Jesus?
I am not surprised that some doubted.
There are reasons for this:
1. As an example, if I was a Jew? I might think "Will I be worshipping God here
in His actual form in the flesh?"
2. In Judaism, it is forbidden to worship two Gods, or another God, or a
different God besides the One True God of the Jews. So, some doubted to
worship because as an example it is possible to think "If Jesus is not the
One true God? I will be in big trouble!"
THEY WORSHIPPED HIM.
There are also reasons for this:
Jesus said, "I am he" - John 8:24
"I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye
believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
What Jesus is referring to can be found in this scripture in Isaiah 43:10,11
"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servants whom I have chosen:
that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:
Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."
"I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior."
Because Jesus appeared in another form this time not in the flesh anymore.
This was after the resurrection.
"After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they
walked, and went into the country." -Mark 16:12
Through John's Testimony
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we
have seen with our eyes, which we have handled, of the Word of life;" - I John 1:1
The word 'That'. John was referring to 'That'
incident when Jesus rose from the dead, was seen by Mary Magdalene and so forth.
Let us rewind it and see:
..."which we have heard,"
"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first
to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her believed not." - Mark 16:9-11
Even if they did not believe at this instance, the key word is 'they heard'.
...."which we have seen with our eyes"
"Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and
upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed
not them which had seen him after he was risen." - Mark 16:14
...."which we have looked upon"
"And when he had so said,he shewed unto them his hands and his side.
then were the disciples glad,when they saw the Lord
...."and our hands have handled,"
"Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me,
and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have." - Luke 24:39 also on John 20:27.
...."of the Word of life"
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" - John 14:6.also John 1:1,5.
"For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness,
and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was
manifested unto us." - I John 1:2
From Thomas' Testimony, (after reaching with his finger and touching Jesus' hands and
"And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God." - John 20:28
After Jesus told Thomas not to be faithless, but believing.
Matthews Testimony, "God with us" - Matthew 1:23. And Jesus in Greek synonym -"Jehovah-Savior" or "Jehovah has become our salvation"
Mark witnessed and recorded in Mark 1:23,24 an unclean spirit saying...
......."I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God"
What does it mean 'the Holy One of God'? It simply means 'God the Redeemer'
or simply referring to God as the Redeemer of Israel. (Isaiah 54:5)
"For thy maker is thy husband; the Lord of host is his name; and thy
Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called." - Isaiah 54:5
Mark 1:34 Jesus cast out many devils
....."and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him."
This silencing is important because God's plan of salvation requires a free
will from a man's heart on believing and repentance. As a choice to obey God rather
than forced to accept God in a spiritual relationship between God and humanity.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth." - Matthew 28:18
ALL POWER IS GIVEN
Jesus knew that some doubted, while some worshiped him. (verse 17)
So, he explained to those who were not convinced and gave this guarantee to
those who worshiped him as well that "ALL" power "IS" a present indicative meaning
it was or it existed 'as is' meaning as it is now and in it's present condition. If otherwise, the word "WAS" past indicative was used it will then mean that
someone or somebody (besides Jesus), has given it to him.
"GIVEN" was used to indicate that he has overcome death and
has given eternal life to those who believe. And in heaven, he was God as it is now
and in it's present condition.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ is "IF YOU SEE ME, YOU SEE THE FATHER, SO WHY DO YOU ASK ME TO SHOW YOU THE FATHER?"
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is,
and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Alpha and Omega - is an expression used to give the idea of completeness,
or "the beginning and the end." The two words are the names of the first and last
letters in the Greek alphabet. In Revelation 1:8, the Bible uses the words to
symbolize God. (from The World Book Encyclopedia)
Jesus is the image of God, if we see Jesus, we see God.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature;
For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in
earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: all things were created by him and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
It was as Creator, that Jesus brought forth food (out of nothing) into existence to feed several
thousand people. It was as Creator that Christ displayed complete control over
the forces of nature when he said, "peace be still". It was as Creator that
he miraculously healed the sick, gave speech to the dumb, hearing to the deaf,
and sight to the blind. It was as Creator that Jesus cammanded the dead Lazarus to come
forth from a tomb - thus recreating that life from a dead flesh! And it was as
Creator that Jesus rose from the grave as a 'life giving Spirit' (I Corinthians 15:45 as 'quickening spirit')
And as God the Creator, Jesus said
"If you see me, you see the Father." John 14:9
"I and my Father are One." -John 10:30
also, "I am come in my Father's name" - John 5:43 WHICH IS NONE OTHER THAN "JESUS".
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the
end of the world, Amen." - Matthew 28:19,20
The instruction given by Jesus was to teach.
What then are this teachings?
Of course, they followed Jesus. And this account was
then reported in Acts 4:18 (or the whole chapter 4)
"And they called them, and commanded them not to
speak at all nor to teach in the name of Jesus."-Acts 4:18
So, what Jesus is referring to is to teach about himself and the name
That's why Jesus stated that all scripture are all about
himself and the reason why he came to this world. Let us read
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have
eternal life; and they are they which testify of me." - John 5:39
IN THE NAME
To understand this scripture, simply
ask the following questions:
a. Who is the Son? - answer -> JESUS
b. Who is the Father? - answer -> GOD or JEHOVAH
c. Who is the Holy Ghost - answer -> JESUS
Jesus is the Greek synonym meaning Jehovah Savior or
Jehovah has become our salvation
Jesus actually made this clear when he said this
"I am come in my Father's name." -John 5:43
Jesus said, "I am he" -John 8:24
Jesus referring to Isaiah 43:10,11 which goes
"Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servants whom I
have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he:
Before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be
"I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior."
So, now it is clear that the Son's name is the Father's name.
Both have the same name.
The Holy Ghost name is also Jesus. Our sources said
the Holy Ghost came from none other than Jesus.
It was reported here
And when he had said this, he breathed on them,
and saith unto them "Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" - John 20:22
The Holy Ghost came in the name of Jesus
....."the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name," - John 14:26
All in all, Jesus' name is composed of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
It embraced the whole ID of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Does it make sense to add how the Apostles guided by the Holy Ghost
baptized in the name of Jesus? First in Acts 2:38 until the end of
the book of Acts they baptized in the name of Jesus.
And in support Paul under the direction of the Holy Ghost
also baptized in the name of Jesus.
The name Jesus is the revelation of God's
name. That was the mystery unfold.
"And without controversy great is the mystery
of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justified
in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up into glory." - I Timothy 3:16
Without any bias whatsoever, this scripture is referring
to Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
We found out then that the "name" is in singular form
and we came up with answer from the question, why the Apostles and Paul baptized
in the name of Jesus. The name of the Father is Jesus, the name of the
Son obviously is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost is in fact,
none other than Jesus. And also, Jesus was only referring
only to himself when he said,
"I will be with you alway,
even unto the end of the world."
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