The great commission is a title, given by man, to what were probably the last instructions that Lord Jesus gave to His remaining eleven apostles.

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Mark 16:1Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

We know that Lord Jesus had more than eleven followers, but, for some reason He chose to give these instructions to only the eleven. What makes us think that He intended for the rest of His followers to co-op these instructions later.

We think this way because we’ve been taught to by men, who for centuries have taught the saints that this “great commission” is the all-important mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. All over the world they cry: “help us win the world for Christ”; “help us fulfill the great commission”. Why would anyone question this? After all, what could be more important than getting people saved?

The importance of people getting saved is not where the deception is. Part of the deception is the ignoring of the fact that these instructions were given to the apostles and it WAS the apostles who fulfillED it. That’s right saints, the so-called “great commission” was fulfilled during the lifetime of the men who were instructed to do it.

Colossians 1:21 Once you gentiles were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,

Yes saints, imagine my surprise when Father opened these verses to me. So, I had to let Father be true and every man a liar.

Another part of the deception is that because so much emphasis has been placed on “winning the world for Christ”, it has caused saints to abandon Father’s most valuable and effective evangelism tool, which is the LOVE LIFESTYLE OF SAINTS as the Holy Spirit so beautifully displayed for us in Acts 2 and 4.

Acts 2:41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common,
45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple court, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Acts 4:32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.
33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold,
35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.

The LOVE LIFESTYLE OF SAINTS allowed Father to draw and add to the Body of Christ on a daily basis. Absolutely nothing that man has replaced it with has even come close.

The worst deception of all is that trying to fulfill the “great commission” has allowed saints to feel good about themselves while being oblivious to the fact that they have destroyed the testimony of our loving Savior, which is the LOVE LIFESTYLE.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

1 Peter 1:22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.

1 John 3: 23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.

These are just three of the many “love one another” Scriptures. Why do so many saints think that showing Christ’s love to the lost is where the emphasis should be instead of where Lord Jesus said He wanted it to be? Do we know better than He? This also is deception.

Some saints think that every thought that they get is from the Lord. If they implement the idea and get some results, they’re sure it was the Lord so they keep doing it and start teaching others to do it. The truth is that it wasn’t the Lord at all but the flesh. The end results were Father honoring His Word. It had nothing to do with Him giving the idea.

Father does not accept “the end justifies the means”. Anything that we do, we can brag about. Father will have none of that from any of us. Only what we allow Him to do through us will count for eternity and all glory to Him. If we do anything other than the way Father says, there are no eternal rewards regardless of the outcome.

It doesn’t seem to bother saints at all, that they do practically everything, just like the world. There is a saying; “imitation is the greatest form of flattery”. Don’t forget saints, we have an enemy who thrives on deceiving us.

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I believe God; I'm a willing servant of the Lord Jesus Christ; I'm your servant for Jesus' sake; I'm a citizen of Heaven; I'm a saint of God.
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