There are many complicated matters in our lives. Similarly, there are some very intricate doctrinal truths in the bible that many have debated over centuries. As I sit here now, I am reflecting over many things that Christ commanded His disciples. Of those things, I am convinced that Jesus’ commands, while they may be difficult to execute because of our sin, are very quite simple. There is no clear example of this in the last chapter in the book of Mark. There, Jesus says to us to Go & Preach.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
As you probably know, the New Testament was written in Greek. As such, it is prudent many times to identify the Greek word to ensure that we have a sound and/or thorough understanding of what is being said. With that, let me share with you the Greek words for go, preach, gospel, and creation.
Go – poreuō (po-ryü’-ō) – it means to pursue the journey on which one has entered, to continue on one’s journey; “to go on one’s way, to depart from one place to another.”
Preach – kēryssō (kā-rü’s-sō) – to be a herald, to officiate as a herald; to proclaim; the public
proclamation of the gospel
Gospel – euaggelion (yü-än-ge’-lē-on) – the glad tidings of the kingdom of God, later, the idea of reward dropped, and the word stood for “the good news” itself; the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God
Creation – ktisis (ktē’-sēs) – the act of founding, establishing, building etc.; the act of creating, creation; creation i.e. thing created. it also signifies the product of the “creative” act, the “creature,”; its significance has special reference to mankind in general. “the reference is to the creative act of God”
In regards to Go & Preach, He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. The He in the verse is Jesus as we look outwardly in the context of the passage. Jesus, being the risen Lord and Savior, is issuing a command to His followers. He tells them to be on their way to move and proclaim the “good news” that He suffered death on the cross and was raised to life to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God.
Go & Preach the Gospel is what we are called to do. We were saved not solely for escaping the wrath of God, but we were also saved to tell others about Jesus. Matthew 28:18-20 has been termed the Great Commission. Listen to what Jesus said to the disciples. “18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” Furthermore, Luke 24 records “46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” We learn in Acts 1 right before Jesus ascended that He said, “8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.””(^^)
We see Paul as a product of Go & Preach advocating the same message of His Lord and Savior, Jesus, in Romans 1:16. He says, “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, the imperative and mandate is simple, Go & Preach the Gospel.