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Why the Great Commission.

( All verses are from the ESV translation unless stated otherwise)

In the Gospel of Mark it is written: “…Then they reported all these instructions briefly to Peter and his companions.  Afterward Jesus Himself sent them out from east to west with the sacred and unfailing message of salvation that gives eternal life. Amen.” (Mark 16:8 NLT) [This ending is not found in all translations.  Most copies of Mark omit this section of verse eight and add eleven more verses to the text. You can find the Commission otherwise in Mark 16:15 KJV] We call this the Great Commission to spread the Good News of the Gospel to the whole world.  It has always been my belief that none were to be spared the Good News, that none were to be denied the grace of salvation.  I searched the scriptures to prove this point and there is ample evidence that all who choose to come to the call of God and accept Jesus and the reconciliation of the Father are answered in the affirmative.

What I list in this article are only some of the scriptures that support this belief.  I  start with the Gospel of John 1:9-13, ” The true light which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.  …He came to His own and His own people did NOT RECIEVE HIM, but to ALL who did receive Him, who believed in His Name,  He gave the right to be called the Children of God… .”   This scripture clearly states that it is not a exclusive club that only a few can join but that any and all who choice to accept the Word of God through Jesus are to be added to  the family of God.  I know that most of the Christian world has memorized John 3:16 so I don’t think that I have to quote it here but it is further evidence that Salvation is available to all who seek it.  But I what to bring up other verses in the New Testament that support the Grace of Salvation is readily offered by the Father through Jesus Christ.

1 John 2:2.  “(Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins, and not only ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”  

 Couple this with the prior verse that we have an advocate with the Father who is Jesus Christ the Righteous, we are led to believe that the sins are forgiven of all who seek the advocacy of Jesus. We can still sin, we are human but we are forgiven of those sins by our Faith.  Just as the unsaved still sin, we are not totally free of the desires of the world so we will still slip up.  The difference is that because we have an advocate, we can call upon Him to grant us forgiveness.  Jesus is the satisfaction, our offering.  This in no way denies the forgiveness to others.  They must be willing to ask for it.  NO ONE is exempt from the forgiveness of the Father.  Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, no one is beyond forgiveness.  I know this because Jesus forgave me of the blasphemies of my heart and the vileness  of my regard for the believers.  When I sing Amazing Grace, it is my heart that tells the story.  Oh I know that I was dedicated at my birth, but my life was not of God’s will but of the Evil One.   Yet by Grace I was saved, I still had to make the choice.  If I did not ask for and accept the forgiveness of Christ, I would still be unsaved and doomed.  Jesus sacrificed Himself so that the like of me could know His Love.