THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON THE TRIUNE GOD
THE TRINITY AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
May 31, 2015
Today’s reading: Matthew 28:16-20
are commissioned to do worldwide evangelization. “Go,
therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (v.19a).
In our understanding this, a major aspect is the intimate
connection with the Trinity. We are to baptize the nations
“in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit” (v.19b). The three Persons of the Trinity
are intimately connected with the work of evangelization.
The Father desires to bring us back to Himself and so sent
His very own Son to suffer and die for us and thus win for
us our salvation. The Son made the supreme sacrifice of giving
his own life, and with his resurrection has become our Savior
and our Lord. The Holy Spirit guides us to all truth and equips
and empowers us to go forth to become effective witnesses
we are commissioned. But at times, even as we accept Jesus
as Savior and Lord, even as we understand that we are called
to proclaim his salvation, we might doubt. “When they
saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.” (v.17).
The Greek verb for “doubt” occurs in the New Testament
only in one other place, in Matthew 14:31, applied by Jesus
to Peter for his little faith. To effectively do the work
of evangelization is a great act of faith. Our little faith
is one obstacle we need to overcome.
do we manifest little faith?
When we are too awed by the call to rapid, massive and worldwide
evangelization and doubt our capability to accomplish such
a great task.
we are intimidated by our opponent the devil and the worldly
powers at his bidding and doubt how effective in our work
we can be, and thus hold back or not live out mountain-moving
we look to our own weaknesses and lack of resources and
conclude that we can only do so much, much less than what
God would want to accomplish through us.
we look at the darkness and evil in the world, and the reality
that many Christians today are lapsed and not practicing,
and thus decide that bringing in a rich harvest is unrealistic.
We must understand the truth that when God commands us to
do something, He would enable us to accomplish that. And so
Jesus says, “All power in heaven and on earth has been
given to me.” (v.18). Now that is mighty and all-encompassing
power! And that is the power given to us by Jesus, in order
to accomplish his work, in order to step into his
sandals and continue what he has started and accomplish his
will. God wants all to be saved, and that is why the Father
sent His very own Son. Now Jesus has entrusted to us the proclamation
of that saving message, and sent his Spirit to accompany us.
This work of evangelization is all-important, and thus we
his public ministry, Jesus sent his disciples on practicum,
and they actually drove out demons! Now Jesus sends us. But
he is still there with us, through the Holy Spirit. “And
behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
(v.20b). He is observing how we carry out our commission.
Let not Jesus tell us, just like he told Peter, “O you
of little faith, why did you doubt?”
us now bring in that harvest.