This blog post will compare two verses both containing the word “Go”. The original Greek gives us two different concepts:
- John 6:67 – Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
- Matt 28:19 – “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.”
Firstly, the “Go away” of John 6:67. “ὑπάγω hypagō” translates literally as “to take down”, “to shrink away” or “go back”. This is the sort of “Go” that gives you the least opposition, the “Go” of giving in and a resignation of failure. It is never used in a positive context of stepping forward or up in faith.
Compare that with the second “Go”: “Go therefore” from Matthew 28:19. “πορεύω poreuō” literally translates as “to pursue on a journey”, “continue with commitment” and “become an adherent”. We can see this is a much more positive context of stepping forward or up in faith.
It is this sort of “Go”, that will take you out of yourself and into the Mission of God, from a self-centred expression of faith to a God centred one. This “Go” demands a journey pursued with commitment and conviction, with a higher and defined goal rooted in the Great Commission.
Which of these is this an accurate description of Christians or churches you know? Which of these describes you?
Which “Go” defines you and your faith?