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Greek Lesson on the Great Commission

Dr. Roy Ciampa gives us a great Greek lesson on participles and imperatives by correcting popular, pastoral interpreations of Matthew 28:18. Read the helpful article here. Here is his conclusion:

So what does all this tell us about Matthew 28:19 and the Great Commission? It means no ancient Greek would take it to mean “while/as you go, disciple the nations” but would understand, from intimate familiarity with this common usage, that the meaning was “Go and disciple the nations” and that the main point was not to go but to disciple the nations, but that the nations would never become disciples if the apostles and those converted by them did not take the gospel to them.