THE COMMISSION

 

When Jesus came into Galilee in Mark 1:15, he came proclaiming the kingdom of God by saying "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." He told us what to believe. The gospel.

After his resurrection, he defined what the gospel is through his servant Paul who said in 1 Corinthians chapter 15:1-4, "Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein you stand. By which you are also saved, if you keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

And again speaking through Paul he stated in Romans 1:16 why it is important to believe the gospel, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." When we believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the salvation of God works in our lives.

The commission according to man.
When Jesus said to go preach the gospel, religion seems to think it means to get souls saved. The operative word seems to be "go". There is a zeal to get people saved, but those saved never mature and bring forth fruit. These preachers gather people in large churches and boast of the number that have been saved, but the people remain sick and afflicted by devils. They preach the word about the life and times of Jesus as depicted in the first four books of the New Testament.

Man's wisdom refers to these books as the gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, but God defines the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. While it is important to know what Jesus taught and did, there is no revelation of the gospel, and their preaching does not demonstrate the power of God. The word is preached, but is distorted by the wisdom of man. Denominational traditions are taught as though inspired by God, but Jesus said in Matthew 15:6, "Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition." Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:20, "For the kingdom of God in not in word, but in power."

The commission according to Jesus.
In Mark 16:15-18, Jesus appeared unto the eleven apostles and said unto them, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

Lest you say, ah, but he said that only to the eleven, let's read Matthew 28:18-20, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." He told the eleven to teach us whatsoever things he commanded them. What did he command them?

In Matthew chapter 10:7-8, Jesus called the twelve disciples and he sent them forth and commanded them to go to the lost sheep of Israel, "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." This is the same commandment he gave them in Mark 16 and then told them to teach us all that had he commanded them.

Therefore, when we go, in obedience to God, signs will follow, as it is the same God that is working in us that was working in them. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. They walked with Jesus and the power of God worked through them as well as Jesus. We do not walk with Jesus in the flesh, but the resurrected Jesus is in us if we are born again and we will do the same works he did while he was on earth as a man.

In John 14:12, he stated, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." It is the Father doing the works anyway, not Jesus or us. In verse 10 of John 14, Jesus said, "...the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."

Go when sent by God.
Paul writing in Romans chapter 10:13-15, said, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?"

A preacher of the gospel has to be sent by God or it is rebellion which produces death in the listener. As stated above, when Jesus was on earth, he sent them out and the power of God worked through them. After he was raised from the dead and before he ascended into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, he told them to go forth, but he also told them to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit from the Father.

In Luke 24:49, he said, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." And Luke in recording the words of Jesus in Acts 1:8 wrote, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

They didn't just go when Jesus said to go, but waited until they had the power of the kingdom (the gospel) ministered to them by the Holy Ghost. Paul makes this even clearer in Romans 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." If we are not being led to go by the Spirit of God, then we should stay home and pray until God does say to go. And when you go, signs will follow.

Go with power.
John the Baptist said and it is recorded in John 3:34, "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God..." Not just any words, but the gospel. The death, burial and resurrection. This is the power of God that brings forth the signs and wonders which produce our salvation. Not just go to heaven when we die, but to be healed and have our devils cast out now. For today is the day of salvation.

Paul had the fullness of the gospel of Christ working in him because he trusted in nothing else, save the gospel of the kingdom. He spoke in 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of God."

And in chapter 1:17, Paul said, "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect." If, when we go, we are not being led by the Spirit, our words are not God's words, but man's words, which make the gospel of none effect to the listener of the words being preached. In fact, they produce death, not life. Jesus said in John 6:63, that the words he spoke were Spirit and Life.

So, until and unless the Sprit of God moves on you to go preach the kingdom of God to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils, STAY HOME AND PRAY.

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