Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted [that it was really He]. Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20 (AMP)

The Great Commission

The Great Commission is Jesus Christ’s instruction after his resurrection. He commissioned his disciples to spread his teachings to all the people groups of the world. The most well known version of the commission is shown above (Matthew 28:18–20). Jesus standing on a mountain in Galilee calls his followers to baptise all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel of Matthew also records an earlier commission (Matthew 10:5–15), this was to the Twelve Apostles. It was directed only to "the lost sheep of the house of Israel", and was to occur during and from Jesus’ life as a body on earth. Other types of commissioning include the commissioning of the Twelve Apostles found in the gospels of Mark, Luke and John. Luke gospel shows Jesus sending out the disciples (which included the 'seventy disciples') and consigning them to all the nations. Jesus also gave them power over unclean spirits.

Christian theology shows that ministry, missionary work, evangelism, and baptism are key principles of Christianity and the work of one who professes to be a follower of Christ. Some (Preterists) believe that the Great Commission (and other Bible prophecies for that matter) have already been fulfilled. In general, mainstream believers (Futurists) and especially Evangelical's hold that the commission stretches from the time of Christ through to the Second Coming of Christ.

The Great Commission is also listed in the following gospel extracts: Mark 16:14–18, Luke 24:44–49, Acts 1:4–8, and John 20:19–23. In Luke, Jesus tells the disciples to sermon repentance and forgiveness, with a promise that in doing this they will receive the power of the Holy Spirit. John’s gospel shows that the disciples will have the Holy Spirit and authority to forgive sins or to retain forgiveness. In the book of Acts, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will inspire the disciples.


Jesus asks that his followers fulfil the commission and its various inclusive and essential tasks. Although initially given directly to Christ's eleven Apostles, evangelical Christian's interpret the commission as a requisite to all believers of any time and place. The reason for this is the broader context of scripture which encourages believers to be ready in and out of season to share the hope they have and their own gospel. Faith in God and evidence of there walk with Christ. Also, the commission has a progressive connection and playing forward of God’s final covenant with Abraham. (Genesis 12:3).

Commentators often contrast the Great Commission with the earlier limited Commission of Matthew 10:5-42, in which they were to restrict their mission to their fellow Jews, who Jesus referred to as "the lost sheep of the house of Israel". (Matthew 15:24)


We can see clearly from reading throughout the whole Bible that God has a standard for blessings. Underpinning these ideas, God calls humanity to truth and righteousness. The methodology for this is communication. To speak and testify truth, faith and hope. In its primary form this is evangelism. 

The added blessings of the commission are that we are to pray for people to be healed from both physical illness and decease and spiritual conditions which come from the realm of the supernatural. In fulfilling this part of the commission those who find it difficult to hear God, lead a moral life, essentially to be free (and be clean) to enjoy a life with God through the Holy Spirit. URL brand was founded on 3rd July 2006. The site in its current form was created in 2014. Third party logos and URL links are for illustration purposes only. Any other logo or pictures contained on this site are also subject to Copyright law. Photos and images are either designed or privately owned or Copyright paid from Shutterstock.