In this statement Jesus commands all Christians everywhere to work toward the goal of making disciples of all the nations on the face of the earth. There are two points that need to be considered here. First, we are not told to simply make converts. We are told to make disciples. We are not expected to simply bring people to confess their sins and believe in Jesus. We are expected to teach them how to live a fulfilled life on earth by practicing the teachings of Jesus Christ in every area of one's existence. That is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, and it also constitutes the true definition of a Christian.
Secondly, we are expected to make disciples of all "nations". In the original language of the Bible the word for "nations" (ethnos) meant "Ethnic Groups" or "People Groups", as opposed to nations with political boundaries. In an earlier passage in the book of Matthew Jesus said that His Gospel message needed to be preached to all the nations of the world before He would return (Matthew 24:14).
So, why is His Gospel so important? It is important because God has told us in the Bible that the Gospel alone is "the power of God for the salvation of everyone…" (Rom 1:19 NIV). The Bible teaches that every human being is born into a state of separation from God. Since God is the author and sole sustainer of life, our lives on earth are constantly