The Great Commission found in Matthew 28 contains three parts:
- Go therefore and make disciples [not converts] of all the nations
- baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit [symbolizing the new life we have in Yeshua]
- teaching them to observe all that I commanded you [proper obedience to Torah and all of G-d's commandments]
We should remain faithful to His instruction... all of it.
Since Yeshua never spoke against the Law and never taught His disciples to disobey the Law, why do we find so many teachers, pastors, and priests flatly teaching their students and congregations to do so? This is the mystery of lawlessness that was already at work in Paul's day. It is as He described it:
For the mystery of lawlessness [Torah-lessness?] is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:7-10)
As Messiah Yeshua Himself said:
"So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." (Matthew 13:40-43)
May we hear and obey all that you have commanded us, Lord. Oh, how we long for your return.
Come quickly, Lord Yeshua!