Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
Our Mission Part 1
The earthly ministry of Jesus has ended, but it has accomplished much. The work has been finished once and for all and we can count on how it empowers us as we undertake our commission:
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that he lives, He lives to God. (Romans 6:10, emphasis added)
Who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when he offered up Himself. (Hebrews 7:27, emphasis added)
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood he entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12, emphasis added)
But by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10, emphasis added)
Just as Jesus’ ministry was multifaceted, ours is too. We, like Christ, have been commissioned by the ultimate Authority in the Revolution of the Kingdom. So we can say in conclusion Christ our Lord continues His mission through His Church on earth through the Great Commission.
One facet of both Jesus’ and our mission is servant-hood. Jesus’ earthly mission of servant-hood has become our mission. John 12:26 describes the disciple in serving and following Jesus using the word for servant as a servant serving in an official capacity – it is the disciple’s appointed job to serve. In Galatians 5:13 the word for slave is used; thus this passage says the disciple is to die to selfishness and serve others with God’s love as a slave rendering service to others for their benefit (not his own) as motivation. According to Matthew 20:26, Matthew 23:11, and Mark 10:43 to be great equals becoming a servant. Mark 9:35 (where the word for servant is one who ministers to another) instructs the first shall be last and the servant of all. In Luke 17:10 disciples who are obedient in serving one another have no reward because they are just doing what we have been told to do. We are told a servant is not greater than his Master in John 13:16 and John 15:20. According to Romans 7:6 we have been set free from our old way of life of serving ourselves; set free to serve one another in the new way of life by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Colossians 3:24 the disciple is assured of eternal life because our diligent service to others service to the Lord Christ – the visible proof of our faith. Service to our Lord is rewarded according to Matthew 10:42, Matthew 25:31-46, and Mark 9:41.
As servants, or more fitting as slaves, we are to serve the Master through battling under the Authority of heaven by fulfilling the Great Commission, which includes making disciples and teaching believers on earth for the heavenly Kingdom.
Jesus Christ gave this mission of the Great Commission by His authority of both in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18-20). We, His soldiers, are fully commissioned for the job at hand. No excuses. We are the arms and feet of Jesus; His weapons of mass destruction. We are His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20 and Ephesians 6:20). Ambassadors work under the full authority of the sovereign they represent. As ambassadors we have the authority of God Himself on earth, representing the Kingdom. We are citizens of heaven (Ephesians 2:19) and tent dwellers on earth (2 Corinthians 5:1-8 and 2 Peter 1:13-14; thus our orders come from headquarters – from the heavenly King upon the throne of heaven. It is our mission and we have the full authority to become victorious.
He Gives Us Our Authority
As the field general in HQ (in heaven) Christ gives us His commission for the field of battle, which is on earth. He can give this authority because Jesus Christ has authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18-20). We can have all confidence because we have been commissioned from above. There should be nothing that causes us any fear because we are backed with all the authority of heaven and the Kingdom Revolution will end in victory (Romans 8:37). Real soldiers will die for their leaders even in the face of certain defeat. But if we are battling for the Revolution of the Kingdom we will prevail because we are on the side of the ultimate authority, the sure victor, Christ the Lord.