16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The Implications of Matthew 28:20, “Behold, I am with you, until the end of the age.”
This has implications for:
1. Missions to all the nations (Matthew 28:19) continuing until the end of the age – until Christ returns. (see Matthew 13:36-43)
36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. 40 So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. 41 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, 42 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
2. Historical theology & Church History – the development of theology, the formalizing of the canon as a list of “God-breathed” books (2 Timothy 3:15-17), the doctrine of the Trinity, justification by Faith alone, the Reformation; Sola Scriptura; relations with other branches of Christendom
3. God’s sovereignty in history and missions – whatever is happening, is part of God’s plan for history moving forward toward the missionary goal – Revelation 5:9; 7:9
4. God gets glory from saving people out from all nations (Revelation 5:9; 7:9), but He also gets glory in judging sinners who don’t repent, who don’t turn to Christ for their salvation from sin – judging them in eternal hell. (see above in Matthew 13:40; see also Revelation 20:10-15; Matthew chapter 25; Mark 9:47-48; Matthew 5:21-30; Romans 9:21-23; Luke 13:1-5; John 3:18; John 3:16; Romans 1:18) God demonstrates His power, His wrath, ie, justice against sin, His holiness.