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- Publisher: Victorious Hope Publishing; Revised edition (August 15, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982620659
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But this is not the only reason to see Greatness in the Great Commission. Gentry points out that Christ's command to move upon the nations fits the five-point covenant model framework discovered by Ray Sutton. The author gives a helpful acronym to paint this canvas: T-H-E-O-S (the Greek word for God), and systematically elucidates the Great Commission's implications for each.
T - Transcendent sovereignty. Christ gives the Commission from a mountain setting, an environment so characteristic of exaltedness in Scripture. "The eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated" (Matt. 28:16).
H - Hierarchical authority. From the mountain top Christ declares all authority in heaven and earth is His. He then commissions His followers to make His authority known and felt throughout the earth. "And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him.... And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations'" (Matt. 28:17a, 18-19a).
E - Ethical stipulations. Those who are bound to Him in baptism are to learn and obey the stipulations of their sovereign, Christ Jesus. "Make disciples of all the nations.... Teach them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matt. 28: 19a, 20a).
O - Oath commitment. Those to be brought under the gracious sway of Christ's authority should be baptized in His Name, as a pledge of covenantal allegiance to Him. "[Baptize] them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" (Matt. 28: 19b).
S - Succession arrangements. Christ establishes His commission for the extension of His authority through space ("all nations," Matt. 28: 19b) and through time ("And, lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age," Matt. 28:20b).
This book should serve as an introduction to a new way of thinking, a paradigm shift for the pessimistic, defeatist, or just plain lazy Christian who looks at the world around him and says, "Why bother?" Christ is reigning in heaven over the earth NOW, and it is now in time and history that he will win the victory over all who refuse to bow the knee, not with carnal weapons but the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
There is Greatness in the Great Commission because it is not a suggestion but a command from the sovereign Lord of the universe who has "All power in heaven and in earth" to courageously move upon the nations and successfully disciple them with the knowledge that Christ will be with us in this endeavor and cause the knowledge of the Lord to cover the earth as waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14; Is. 11:9).
For those seeking a full exposition of Biblical eschatology, see Ken Gentry's book "He Shall Have Dominion".