We are committed to advancing and enjoying the dominion of King Jesus over every area of life. Daniel 7:13-14 cites Christ’s ascension to heaven on the clouds as the time when He “was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.”
Since “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed” (v. 14), we can have confidence that the Great Commission will be fulfilled. The Great Commission is not merely a call to evangelize a few individuals out of every nation, but to disciple the nations themselves. It is a bold conquest of the world that can be encapsulated in the following “alls.”
Christ said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18). Not some authority or most authority, but “all authority.” There is no square inch of planet earth over which Christ does not have authority. He has the authority to rule over the state, business, farming, science, art, economics, education, etc. This means that all of life must be governed by His Law-Word. Christ will not be satisfied until all enemies are placed under His feet (1 Cor. 15:20-28), and “He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands shall wait for His law” (Isa. 42:4). A major portion of the church’s ministry must be to call all competing authorities to repentance through the faithful teaching of the Law-Word of Scripture.
Christ said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). His mandate is not fulfilled when a few people out of every nation are converted and discipled. Christ calls Christians to transform and disciple the nations as nations so that the whole culture becomes a Christian culture and every area of life submits to God’s Word. When this happens, the family, the church and the state (as separate jurisdictions) will all be fulfilling their God-ordained functions. Though we must separate church and state jurisdictionally, we must not separate God and state. Missions must have nation-discipling as its ultimate goal. Part of Dominion Covenant Church’s vision is to bring Reformation to the church so that it gains the kind of saltiness to impact every level of a nation’s culture.
Christ went on to say, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19). Christ commanded the church to both teach and obey even “the least of these commandments” taught in the “Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 5:17-19). He did not want even “one jot or one tittle” of Old Testament Scripture neglected “till heaven and earth pass away” (Matt. 5:18). Dominion Covenant Church is committed to teaching the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible. This includes the Old Testament blueprints for civics, economics, art, etc. Christ said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4).
All the Days
Christ promised, “lo I am with you always [literally “all the days”], even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). We reject the notion that there is more power in Christ’s physical presence than in His spiritual presence with the church. Though we look with eager anticipation to the physical Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we also rejoice in His powerful presence with the church throughout this age. He who cannot lie has promised, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).
In summary, we want to see all Christians so founded in God’s grace, so knowledgeable in God’s law, and so confident in His promises, that they are used of God to bring Reformation to the church and Reconstruction of society. The church should not rest or be satisfied (Isa. 62:6-7) until all human authority submits to Christ (Matt. 28:18), all nations are discipled (Matt. 28:19), all Scripture is followed (Matt. 28:20a) and all of Christ’s presence and resources are claimed (Matt. 28:20b). Anything less than an expectation of total victory for King Jesus in history (1 Cor. 15:24-28) does not do justice to the all encompassing mandate of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).