The apostles' commission. Mark 16:15ff; Matt.28:18ff.
|O preach my gospel,| saith the Lord,
|Bid the whole earth my grace receive;
He shall be saved that trusts my word,
He shall be damned that won't believe.
|I'll make your great commission known,
And ye shall prove my gospel true,
By all the works that I have done,
By all the wonders ye shall do.
|Go heal the sick, go raise the dead,
Go cast out devils in my name;
Nor let my prophets be afraid,
Though Greeks reproach, and Jews blaspheme.
|Teach all the nations my commands,
I'm with you till the world shall end;
All power is trusted to my hands,
I can destroy, and I defend.|
He spake, and light shone round his head
On a bright cloud to heav'n he rode;
They to the farthest nations spread
The grace of their ascended God.