Last Sunday, when we discussed the Great Commission passage from Matthew 28:18-20, I asked whether this command (“make disciples”) was only intended for the eleven apostles or if it was also intended for us and all other disciples of Jesus Christ? There were two good reasons to see this command as intended for all disciples (including us).
First, Jesus told the elven to make disciples by “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” “All that I have commanded you” would include this command to “make disciples.” Thus, the eleven were supposed to teach their disciples to make disciples.
Second, Jesus promised that he would be with them “all the days” (or always). This promise is related to the command “make disciples.” Thus, it would seem that Jesus would intend for “making disciples” to be carried out until the end of time.
What do you think? Was the Great Commission just for the 11 apostles, for all disciples (including us), or for a subset of disciples? Why?