“Christ’s Authority to Teach the Nations”

Wedding of Robert and Zandile Maphanga

Matthew 18

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[a] 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.

The power is given to go and make disciples, teaching them to obey what Christ has taught his disciples. There is nothing as wonderful as spreading the gospel. Love for other things disappears if you have a love for the Lord and a love to spread the gospel. Robert and Zandile both have this love for the Lord and His gospel.

You should maintain the position God has given you in the way He prescribes in His word. There is much about how you are to live as a married person in the Bible. Many who were sharp become blunt after marriage.

God wants you to be holy as He is holy.

1 Thessalonians 4

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor.

There is great joy in purity.

Preach the gospel not culture or traditions. Many young people go and make money in the cities but don’t honour their parents. They give big flowery funerals but ignore them while they are alive. People say they don’t want you to come with Christianity saying it is a western tradition but they adopt many other western things: clothing, ties, drink, smoke, even wooden coffins instead of cowhides. The gospel has a culture of its own.

Recently many young people in a service in Cape Town gave their lives to the Lord. It is possible to go to university and stay pure. Go into all the world and make disciples. Christ gives His disciples the authority to fulfil His commission.