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Globalisation of missions: An exegesis on the Great Commission (Mt 28:18–20)

Mookgo S. Kgatle
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 52, No 1 | a2346 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v52i1.2346 | © 2018 Mookgo S. Kgatle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 December 2017 | Published: 11 July 2018

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Mookgo S. Kgatle, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa

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This article is an exegesis on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20 by using a grammatical historical approach. A grammatical historical approach on Matthew 28:18–20 demonstrates that Jesus’ authority in heaven and on earth is a global authority. Furthermore, the commissioning of Jesus’ disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptise them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all things that Jesus has commanded them, is a call to global mission. When Jesus promised the disciples that he would be always with them, he assured them of a global victory. This will be achieved by looking at the history of interpretation of Matthew 28:18–20. The exegesis of this passage is explored in detail. The conclusion is that the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20 is a call to global mission.


Nations; missiology; Matthew; Great Commission; globalisation


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