Devotional Readings

Matthew 28 – Reflections on the Resurrection

The end of this chapter is among the top of my favorite verses.

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

And I love how the KJV doesn’t translate the great commission as “go and make disciples”, it had seemed to me that a better way to say this is God chooses his disciples, so he makes them, we are commissioned to train them, by teach his word and all he commanded.

Today though, I am just impressed with the power and awesomeness that is captured in the whole chapter, and how quickly Matthew ends it without a lot of detail explanation of how to do this. 
And how they traveled quickly back to Galilee… Mat 28:16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. To wait for him.

The whole of the New Testament……is really the detail that is filled in for us…as our guide, both for instructors and students, that we use to fulfill his commission.

Btw…just as an aside, I read a good quote from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg.124-129, 141

I reposted it below….we are never commissioned to expect “new” special revelation, or teaching, that will enhance or upgrade our discipleship program…as Lloyd-Jones writes, this is the area where Cults are formed. Interesting…let’s just teach…”them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”….we don’t have to make up new stuff!

The Resurrection

Mat 28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Mat 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Mat 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Mat 28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Mat 28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Mat 28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Mat 28:8  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

Mat 28:9  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

Mat 28:10  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

The Report of the Guard

Mat 28:11  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

Mat 28:12  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

Mat 28:13  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

Mat 28:14  And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

Mat 28:15  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

The Great Commission

Mat 28:16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

Mat 28:17  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg.124-129, 141



Characteristics of Cults

The fundamental pattern common to all [cults] is an indication of the hand of the devil.  His master hand is to be seen always if you look for it in the background.  The devil is not only the great antagonist of God, he counterfeits the work of God.  …


What, then, are these common characteristics?  First and foremost, all these cults sound like Christianity.  Of course, if they did not, there would be no danger, there would be no subtlety.  If they were obvious, patent, open contradictions no one would ever fall into the snare.  But the fact is, if you look at them very generally, and if you are uncritical, you will feel that they appear remarkably like Christianity.  Indeed, they very often used Christian terms and terminology.  They talk about Christ, and about the various blessings that come to men through Him, and so on.  And the unwary feel that this must be Christianity.  They use the Christian terminology but they evacuate it of its New Testament sense and meaning.  But the terms are still there; and the uninitiated, the tyros, are completely deceived.  …


Another general characteristic is that all the cults offer us very great blessings.  Here, again, is a part of the secret of their success.  But I must add that they not only offer blessings; they seem to be offering us blessings of a much more wonderful order than the Christian Church is able to do. …


Another general characteristic of all the cults is that their devotees are always sincere.  It is a great mistake to think otherwise.  One of their troubles, very generally, is that they have “zeal without knowledge”; they are so sincere that they refuse to think and are carried away.  Furthermore, they are enthusiastic, they are zealous, they are active workers. …


Turning now to criticism and evaluation, what are the characteristics which enable us to differentiate between the cults and our Christian faith?  The following are some of the tests which can be applied to any and all of the cults.  First, take the question of their origin.  When you are confronted by a new teaching the first questions to ask are, Where has it come from? how did it start? why is there such a teaching at all? If you read the history of past centuries you find that these cults were then non-existent.  You will generally find that they began in the last [19th] century. … 


What happened? Again, speaking generally, they started as the result of so-called “revelations” that were given to their founders. … So the person to whom the revelation came is very important. … [I]n the case of the cult there is always this dramatic, unusual element of a divine revelation. …


This leads to the second point, namely, that the cults always recognize and are governed by, an authority additional to the Bible. …


[T]he next general canon of criticism, namely, that these cults invariably go astray with respect to certain essential doctrines. …


[M]any of the cults are very shaky on the whole question of creation. …


You will find invariably that the cults always start with you.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg.124-129, 141

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