Making disciples is a global challenge which cannot be fulfilled without going. The Gentiles are to be gathered in. The church has become a holy nation (ethos) God’s own people (2 Pe 2:9).
“All the nations” (panta ta ethne) is used four times in Matthew (24:9, 14; 25:32; 28:19). When we hear “nation” we think of nation-states which may be comprised of many ethnicities. But ethne also includes “tribes,” or “peoples.”
The aim of Jesus’ disciples, therefore, is to make disciples of all people everywhere, without distinction (Carson)
[ed. I wish I could make it more complicated than this! Anybody can understand it unless they are lost in the missional fog.]
Great Commission series so far:
- Learned men vs Jesus
- As you go vs Go!
- Great Commission vs Great Suggestion
- Make disciples