It will be seen from
that there were three separate
Commissions given to the Eleven Apostles,
at different times,
on distinctly specified occasions
and in varying words.
is recorded in
This was given
on the evening of the
day of the resurrection.
It was given,
not to the Eleven only,
but also to
"them that were with them"
The commission was the
continuation of His own
ministry and that of
John the Baptist
They were all to proclaim
"repentance and remission of sins".
The New Covenant had been made,
in virtue of which this message
of pardon could be declared
first in Jerusalem, and then to all nations.
This was done by Peter
The second is recorded in
and was given when the Lord
appeared to the Eleven
as they sat at meat;
and it was carried out by
"them that heard Him",
as foretold in
and fulfilled in
as confirmed in
The Acts of the Apostles is the inspired
history of the fulfillment of this commission,
so far as it is necessary for our instruction.
It was given for the personal ministry of the Apostles,
to be fulfilled by them before the destruction
of the Temple and of Jerusalem.
The third is recorded in
and was given
on a mountain in Galilee
It was the proclamation of the King,
Who had left Jerusalem,
according to the Parable
until He returns in power to set up His kingdom
It is the summons to the Gentile
nations to submit to the Lord Jesus,
as the king of Israel,
It is the proclamation of
"the Gospel of the Kingdom"
(Appendix 140. II)
for a witness to all nations,
immediately before the end of the age
It is still wholly future in its application,
and proclaims the judgment on the Gentiles
for the final deliverance of Israel,
shall be fulfilled.