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Matthew 28:20 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

20. Lo, I am with you That is, with the ministry he commissions. From which we infer three things: 1. That there is an order of men commissioned by Christ to continue, by some sort of succession, to the end of the world.

2 . We have a test by which the Church and the world can estimate a true ministry. Christ is with them. If Christ be not with them they are not in the true succession, however well signed their ministerial diploma or well traced their ordination pedigree. Ordaining hands cannot convey by a mechanical or muscular conductor the presence of Christ. To test whether the presence of Christ be with them, our Saviour gives a new rule: “By their fruits ye shall know them.” A wicked minister can never, therefore, be in Christ’s true succession. 3. We have a blessed promise for the truly commissioned minister. Christ’s presence is with him! And for a holy ministry collectively, whose duty is to convert the world, Christ’s presence is with them in the length and breadth of that great enterprise.

Unto the end of the world The word here is αιων and not κοσμος . The latter signifies the world more properly as a material fabric; the former refers more to the living world. It is often equivalent to age, or dispensation. It here signifies the present human system, the living world. It is equivalent, then, in duration, to the sacramental promise: “Ye do show forth the Lord’s death until he come.” 1Co 11:26.

Consult other comments:

Matthew 28:20 - The Greek Testament

Matthew 28:20 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Matthew 28:20 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 28:20 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Matthew 28:20 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Matthew 28:20 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Matthew 28:20 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Matthew 28:20 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Matthew 28:20 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 28:20 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 28:20 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Matthew 28:20 - Geneva Bible Notes

Matthew 28:20 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Matthew 28:20 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Matthew 28:20 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Matthew 28:20 - Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 28:20 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Matthew 28:20 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Matthew 28:20 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Matthew 28:20 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Matthew 28:20 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Matthew 28:20 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Matthew 28:20 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Matthew 28:20 - Scofield Reference Bible Notes

Matthew 28:20 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 28:20 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 28:20 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Matthew 28:20 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 28:20 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments