The Original Hebrew Understanding of Discipleship
What did Jesus mean when He told His followers to
“make disciples of all the nations?”
Did that mean that they were to “get them saved” and make them members of the local church? Teach them creeds and doctrines? Baptize them?
Let’s go back and read the entire verse:
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18–20 NASB
Note that Jesus told his eleven remaining disciples to go teach the nations (literally the Gentiles) how to observe all that He had commanded. Jesus told them to go teach the Gentiles to live as obedient followers of the King and His Covenant.
Why did He say that He will reward each man according to what each man has done?
For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27 NET Bible
(Look! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! Revelation 22:13 NET Bible 1
The Church has overlooked the undeniable fact that not only did God choose to reveal Himself through the Hebrew people, language, and culture; but that He continued to do so throughout the “New Testament.” The Church has nothing left to lose and everything to gain by returning to the original patterns of life, scholarship, liturgy, and fellowship that marked the original Way of a Disciple of Yeshua of Nazareth.
Keep reading and discover more in the book The Great Yet Completely Misunderstood Commission of Jesus.
1 Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NET) are from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996, 2019 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C.