I read in another thread where someone asked if, "And HE said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:15-18)", was applicable today to us; and I immediately started thinking about "The Great Commission", as recorded by Matthew; and then it was brought to my "remembrance", (something that I had not seen discussed in this forum since my arrival) specifically what I had learn early on in my walk with JESUS CHRIST: "Make Disciples".
Why is it important? Other than JESUS CHRIST Commanding it (which is enough for me, no matter how trivial it may seem to others), When it had been taught to me, I immediately grasped how easy it is to do; Why it needs to be done; How to do it; and All the benefits that go along with doing it, whether I could fully see/understand how it would go, even, against the grain of traditionally accepted "Christianity". . .especially today, and ESPECIALLY NOW, in this forum.
But then my FATHER in Heaven rewards me for my obedience to HIM, and not necessarily for my popularity and acceptance by my so-called siblings, huh. When I read some of the reactions to my posts in this forum, I thought of David, when he inquired about this Goliath fellow: "who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?", and that to me is what the world is doing to us, instead of us, as the Children of THE MOST HIGH GOD, doing to them, even as it was said of the First (and Early) Disciples of Christ, "These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also (Acts 17:6)." But, alas, it seems as though we're much too busy turning each other "upside down", instead of "the world", huh? But I digress.
Here's my bottom line on the subject of "make Disciples":
Its a COMMAND; not just a good idea; not a suggestion; IT IS an IMPERATIVE! As someone has so Adequately and Appropriately stated: "You cannot make 'Christians', we can only 'make Disciples'." It may be, for some, a matter of "semantics", but THE COMMAND is to "make Disciples"; it may not matter to some what they're called, but THE COMMAND is to "make Disciples". And since it HIS COMMAND, its HIS WAY or...
Being and/or claiming to be a "Christian" is free in that it cost very little, if anything; Being a "Disciple" and/or becoming a "Disciple" is very very costly. Just look at all the ones who lost their physical lives for the cause of JESUS CHRIST.
But to "make Disciples" is easy, because as Scripture tells us, Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).,
"And HE ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils (Mark 3:14-15)."
All you have to do to "make Disciples", is to allow them to be with you. And see, everyone reading this now, have been 'making Disciples' all along, and never even knew it, huh?
How to make disciples: Go, Baptize, and Teach.
Go: And THE LORD said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled (Luke 14:23).
Baptize: . . .them in THE NAME of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT...(Matthew 28:19)
The problem here is that no one, in recorded Scripture, ever baptized anyone in THE NAME of THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT, although they baptized, in JESUS NAME. So what is the situation here? Great question! Better answer!!!
Grammatically, it is impossible to baptize. . .in THE NAME", Singular, of THREE PERSONS (THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT); you can only baptize. . .in THE NAME", of THREE PERSONS (THE FATHER and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT), if THE THREE PERSON are really only and just ONE.
The word baptize, in the Greek (baptizυ), means to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge, to overwhelm, by becoming one in identity with; or identifying with.
So then the sum of "baptize" is moreso Spiritual (and the proper frame of mind) than Physical. . .that is to Cause them to become Immersed/Submerged in their Identification as a Child of THE FATHER, who is and looks just like THE SON, and Sealed, Kept, Taught and Comforted by THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Teach: . . .them to observe all things that I have commanded you; (Matthew 28:20)
The benefits to "make Disciples": ". . .lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age"; but that's only if you "make Disciples".