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The Great Commission

The Great Commission

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BY EDWARD EELLS


** And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature: and lo! I am with
you alway, even unto the end of the world." — Mark wvi,
15; Matt. xxvUi, tO.
BY EDWARD EELLS


** And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature: and lo! I am with
you alway, even unto the end of the world." — Mark wvi,
15; Matt. xxvUi, tO.

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THE GREAT COMMISSIO BY EDWARD EELLS ** And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature: and lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." — Mark wvi, 15; Matt. xxvUi, tO. This composite text, familiarly quoted, has been very often called the Great Commission. There is nothing in the least degree original in my thus announcing the subject of my text; only I wonder how many of the hundreds of thousands who have preached upon it may have realized how great the commission is, or how lasting its prom- ise. In giving this commission and promise our Lord uses the very biggest words He could find in human language. He does not use the word, oucovfxivij, * inhabited earth ' ; but He says ** Go ye into all the Kosmos, and preach the gospel to every created being.*' It is true that in His whole utterance at this time He tells the disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the triune, equal ames. The commission to mortal men was primarily to evangelize this earth. I would be the last to deny that. He also said, ** He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ; but he that believeth not shall be damned.'* Christ does not say for how long the imbeliever shall be ^'damned" or condemned. He doesn't say it here, and He doesn't say it anywhere else. 107 Digitized by
 
Google 108 GOSPEL FOR BOTH WORLDS And the promise attached to the commission reads dearly in the Greek, ** Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the consummation of the age." What age? what aeon? Why the age or aeon of evangelism, of course; and Jesus intimates that that is " alway." Let me, then, put forward the thesis that we have in this text a universal commission, coupled with an age-lasting promise. The conunission is universal: ** Go ye into all the universe, and preach the gospel to every cre- ated being.'' It has been fitly inferred that we have enfolded in this text a claim to the univer- sality of Christianity and its fitness to all. When Bishop Thobum went to India, he was en- couraged by the comment, "You might as well tiy to make a Christian out of that pillar as out of the natives here.*' At the end of 40 years, 800,000 Christian converts could be counted in India. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has proven itself as well adapted to the Hindoo as to any of his Aryan cousins or Brahmanical, Buddhistic, or Mahomedan co-religionists. It suits every race and every mental temperament. It meets the need of the groping, sin-burdened soul from Madagascar to Labrador, from Alaska back around to Japan. one but the most ignorant would quibble any longer upon that point. In the course of generations, some things get proved. If all men here; why not all men hereafter;
 
why not all intelligent beings everywhere — Digitized by Google THE GREAT COMMISSIO 109 Martians or demons? All come literally within the scope of the commission — preach the gospel to everj created being. A clergyman asked the Duke of Wellington, for information, if he really thought the gospel could profitably be carried to the heathen. " Look to your marching orders, sir," was the characteristic reply : " * Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.' " Perhaps the time has come for us to look again to our marching orders, that we may be encouraged by a wider view of our in- tended campaign. A mission to hellP You shrink in horror from the thought. But wait; an artillery officer had his men endeavoring to drag their guns to a certain hill-top. The wheels stuck: they strained in vain and cried, « Captain, it can't be done ! " " Men, it can ! " was the reply : " I have the order in my pocket." There can be no stronger argument when om- niscience has given an order, or commission. Let us look again this morning and see what conmiis- sion this great missionary Church of our Lord Jesus Christ has, perhaps unconsciously, in its pocket. Paul, in the doxology following his finest prayer exclaims, ** ow unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that

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