FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON THE TRIUNE GOD
THE TRINITY AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Holy Trinity Sunday
May 31, 2015
Today’s reading: Matthew 28:16-20
We 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 to Jesus.
So 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.
How 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.
- When 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 faith.
- When 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.
- When 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 are empowered.
In 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?”
Let us now bring in that harvest.
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