WHAT SHALL WE TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT?
“Therefore, as you go, disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age." Mat 28:19,20 

We nowadays find a cheap gospel which does not carry Jesus’ commandment into full obedience, since people are now told and enticed to “accept” the Lord Jesus as the end of the commandment. There is very little to its consistency if we come to compare it to the whole of the command of Jesus. In fact, there is very little that matches up to what Jesus commanded us to carry out in evangelical circles today. Christianity today is a label, and in Jesus words it should be an enterprise, a factory of holiness.

Jesus did not tell people to teach alone, but to teach how to obey, to make and turn it possible to obey. To teach about it all is lacking in a serious complying to what Jesus asked us to carry out with all readiness. Nevertheless, the cheap gospel of “accepting Jesus” (of which we find no grounds in the Bible), does not even teach concerning the things of Jesus – which is too little and despiteful in itself already – how much less to teach how to become and to do as Jesus told us to henceforth.

Let’s return to the command of our Lord, for we have to sit down and keep our minds from all we have learned up until now so we may have a deep, solid, honest and independent look into it ourselves. None will answer for our lives and therefore none but ourselves should ever search for truth from Jesus’ own lips for us. What does this command say, what does it imply?

First of all, we know Jesus told us to be taught just how to come to obey. We know that through faith we come to the knowledge and know also faith to be fruit of a genuine relationship to the Lord Himself. If a wife and a husband do not come together to know each other, there will never be a child as a fruit from their relationship to put forth. In the same way, if Jesus and soul do not sleep together, there will never be faith. We know that not all nights of sleeping together are labeled to bring forth a child and that, therefore, one should stay sleeping with the Lord until that child or all children are born. You might not have a picture of one of those children unless you sleep with God daily, and if you have it is never the Faith as a fruit of the Spirit itself, a real proof of unseen things within your own heart (and not someone else's), where none can come to deny it for you – just as a mother knows she is pregnant and has something she understands and sees not for now, so is the Christian concerning the faith that is so real in him. Someone else's findings will not help you in any way unless they turn to be real for you as well. Unless you experience god for real, you cannot be made godly and heavenly. People have to be brought to this relationship first of all. If they are to be taught how to obey, there has got to be a genuine relationship to the Lord in themselves, by themselves, without the exterior help of anyone, even if such is Paul or Peter. What does this have to do with the nowadays doctrine of accepting the Lord? This doctrine makes people accept whom they are not able to see and believe they are fully accepted when they are not. This doctrine is a curse! And we see it is a curse by the fruit is bears.

There are barriers of both unconfessed, undealt and unforsaken sin in someone’s conscience and heart, which does not allow people to have that kind of relationship which teaches them to observe, somehow. So, the first step to a real relationship to the Lord Jesus is but the break down that wall of separation between whoever seeks and Who is sought to be found in a genuine way. People should be told to believe when they are clean before God, for they CAN believe then. Jesus said “If you CAN believe, anything is possible for anyone who believes”, Mar 9:23. Make sure people can believe before you command them to do so. There you start to teach them, to turn it possible unto them to obey as well, to observe and to love and to believe it that way too. To have a relationship with the Lord, is to be able to believe. The Lord stated that “without Me you can do nothing”.

From then on, everyone should know that a child is not a full grown man and that faith which is a proof indeed (and none other!) is the means to bring people about to the full knowledge of Christ, for there is a certain knowledge of Christ which is not full. The commandment is to “teach to observe”, (not to teach alone), and we read from Paul that the end of this commandment is to be when people are naturally loving and believing as breathing might become to a healthy man. “But the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned”, 1Tim 1:5. Once you come to turn it possible for people to believe, love and care naturally, you have fully fulfilled this commandment, for it is the very end of it. And that alone will take them home, surely. "Therefore, as you go, disciple all the nations ... teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you". Amen.

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José Mateus
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