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The discipleship of nations is necessary so that these words of Jesus are witnessed to be true:  “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me.”  For unless we can make disciples of nations and not just individuals, then this claim of Jesus is empty, for immediately after He said, “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me,” He said, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in [into] the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”  The word ‘therefore’ makes it conditional that the command to go is dependant on the reality and authenticity of the authority He said He has.  As such, the failure by us to have made a disciple of even one nation, much less nations, means that the authority of Jesus has yet to be authenticated to all and sundry, especially the world.

It is no coincidence then that churches that do not even attempt to make disciples within their midst have no or very little authority over demons.  Indeed, it is precisely this lack of faith and discipleship that prevents demons from being driven out in many cases… and ritualistic exorcism is performed instead.

More to the point, the eleven failed to see that with this command of Matthew 28.18, Jesus had actually given them the authority and through the Holy Spirit the power to make Israel the first nation to be discipled and baptised into the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  However, their expectations all along ran with this thought echoed by the two whom He met up with on the road to Emmaus, “…we had hoped that He was the One who was going to redeem Israel.”  A thought that was still very much on their mind… that is, the eleven’s mind in Acts 1.6 when they asked, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Had they listened… had they heard, had they gone that morning, they could have not had these thoughts… but even as late as Matthew 28.18, even though they had missed what God wanted to show them on resurrection morning… Jesus still hoped they would understand and see that they, the first apostles, all Jews, were to make disciple of Israel and baptise Israel.  But their repentance was not absolute from their Jewishness because it was not washed away by a glorious inundation of the Kingdom of God that resurrection morning.

Since they did not disciple Israel, but rather, it was Israel that infiltrated their ranks and brought them back to the cursed state of partial observance of the law, then neither could they make disciples of the Gentile nations.  For the decree that fulfills the law and the prophets, “…do to others what you would have them do to you…” was not satisfied… so they could not disciple other nations because they had not discipled their own nation.  And so Israel paid the price, from the sacking of Jerusalem until now.  For they did not authenticate Christ’s authority, so no authority was given them from there on… not even to exist as a nation until it is necessary to bring them back in preparation for their role in the last days.

But we who are Gentiles, having been discipled, have the right to do unto our fellow countrymen that which has been done to us.  As such, the right to disciple nations and baptise them comes upon us, first in our nation and then to teach others who wish to have their nation discipled and baptised to do likewise.

In the very least, we need to disciple at least two nations to witness the authentication of Jesus’ claim to authority, but God willing, we can finish and fulfill the commission and not only preach the Gospel to all creation, creatures and mankind as well as nations, but make disciples of all nations and baptise them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… until even lastly Israel is discipled and baptised.  For as it is said by Jesus, “…the first will be last.”

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