ARE WE LETTING OURSELVES BE SENT AS HE WAS SENT?
Are you aware of what you are letting in your mind, what you believe, and what you follow in the way of wisdom? Jesus continues to tell us to watch out how we listen, and what we listen to, and to recognize false teachings so we will not wander away from His truth.
Through His Spirit continually living in us He will always test, watch, and recognize other spirits. Through His Spirit we hear his voice He reminds us of His words to His first disciples. We hear His words as they heard them through His Spirit within us.
God tells us through His Spirit, we will watch, test, recognize, correct, rebuke, teach, admonish, encourage, and judge. This too me is the most important part of His love for us, because He is doing His best to keep us rightly related to Him, molding us, and shaping us to be a child of His very own that is pleasing to Him.
Through all His watching, helping us to beware, testing, recognizing, correcting, rebuking, teachings, admonishing, encouraging, and judging we are shown truly how much He loves as a good Father, Lord and friend that He is. Without His Spirit, we would be aimlessly following any man, woman, philosophy, tradition and basic principle that cheats us from receiving His truth. We who want to please Him, and do His will for our lives do not want to be cheated from receiving all He has for us daily!
God says the wisdom and mind of God can only be received through His Son, and no other truth, way or life can anyone know the mind of God, the ways of God, and the teachings of God in a deep and most profound divine and gracious way other than through His Son that He sent to earth for all to be cleans from their sin by HIS judgment, mercy, and love.
No greater love is shown in the world than Him dying for us, and cleansing a person's soul of all their sins through his mercy and forgiveness. It is a huge wait many carry around and do not know the weight of it, until He lifts it. Our Father has made a way for all to be more sinless by receiving His Son everyday through His Spirit of faith, grace and wisdom. But sadly many do not know this love, they do not speak of it or show it through their own lives.
God tells us no other wisdom, judgement, or mercy other than receiving Him through His Son can renew and keep us cleansed by receiving His righteousness. If a person goes by any other spirit, gospel, or follow any other way God tells us we will be cheating ourselves from receiving what Christ the Son and Father have for us. It is amazing that God gives us His awareness through His Spirit!
Matthew 15:6 Thus you nullify the world of God for the sake of your tradition.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
This covers all traditions of men, even the “good” basic principles of the world, what some may call “good” philosophy and “self-help”, can be deceiving us, so we need to beware of what philosophy, traditions of men, and basic principles of the world that may be deceiving us that we are following. Sometimes we are being cheated when we don’t even know it. What are we supposed to do, and who should we be listening to?
The words of our Father through Jesus that were passed down through John’s record proclaims the work we must do is to believe in the one He sent. I truly did not know believing was a “work”, and it is not meant to be a “work” like we humans think when we think of “work”. You are given faith and it comes through Christ so to keep this faith, we have His work he does in us, and through us that keeps us receiving His faith.
“John 6:28 Then they asked him, (Jesus) “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.
“Believe in the one He has sent.”
The Father first sent Jesus Christ as Himself speaking and working through HIM, convicting the world that is how Jesus kept His faith because God was working in and through him for others, and that is how we keep our faith letting Him work in and through us.
John 7:15 The Jews were amazing and asked and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having studied? Jesus answered, “My teachings is not my own, it comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own gains honor for himself, but the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.
First the Jews were amazed that this carpenter, who was an ordinary man, not of nobble birth, and who had no “higher learning” would know such wisdom that He had about God. Jesus studied, but not through the ways of man, but through the ways of His Father. That is why He tells them my teaching is not my own, as if to say I did not learn this on my own studying the law, or the Torah, I was taught by my Father not through rules, and traditions of men.
Then He tells them as He tells us, if any one chooses to do the will of my Father they will know if what He teaches comes from his human flesh or from God. Then he tells them the one who speaks on his own, whether it be good or bad, gains honor from himself, but the one who sent him is a man of truth, He is free from all false hood meaning he was full of God’s truth whether it be good or bad, nothing false is in Him.
John 8:15: You judge by human standards; I pass judgement on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone, I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own law, it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.
This is another proof that Jesus was sent in the world by God our Father. Jesus boldly told the crowd they judge by human standards, because at that time no one could judge through the Father no one had the Father in them to judge through. Jesus tells us he judges no one through his human flesh but through the ONE who sent Him.
He does not stand alone, and He knows His decisions are right because He did not make them through his human flesh but He stands by what His Father has revealed to Him for His will and purpose. He then tells them not only does He testify his judgment is correct but His Father who sent Him testifies for Him too, and we know it is through His Spirit.
If Jesus was sent by the Father to judge the world what does that mean for the first disciples and us when we receive Him? After His resurrection, Jesus was seen by His disciples on the evening of the first day of the week when they were together, the doors were locked because they were fearful of the Jews.
Jesus came and stood among them and said, just has He says to us today through His Spirit, when He stands in front of us, as He did His first twelve, did Paul and all other people that He comes to, after they repent surrendering all of themselves to Him, and wanting to do His will…..
John 20:21 “Peace be with you!” AS the Father, has sent me, I am sending you. And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.
He gave all the authority to His disciples to forgive sins through His Spirit as He had to forgive sins, and he told them if they don’t forgive someone else then that person is not forgiven. This is one of our Lord’s most powerful statements for His disciples. Who are they that they can forgive sins? They are just men?
The same thing that was said to Jesus was to be said to them through His Spirit. They were sent has He was sent. For a person who has repented and received His Spirit He will give them the understanding of what these words mean, and we see it through all the disciples in how they changed when they received the Spirit of truth we too get that same understanding of His word, who He is why He was sent, and we are sent for the same purpose and reason He was.
They would know the Father comes in them through His Spirit and lives in them and through them as He did in Jesus. He testifies for us, He judges through us, He heals physically, spiritually, emotionally and intellectually us as He did them, and through us and He did through them.
They knew their decisions were right because they were His decisions revealed to them. The same way Jesus knew His decisions were right because the Father revealed them to Him, Jesus now was revealing His decisions through them.
Jesus did nothing on his own, He spoke what His Father told Him to speak, and it was the same for the disciples, they too spoke what their Father told them to speak and they did nothing on their own.
As the Father held up Jesus to stand firm, He now held up the disciples so they could stand firm. They lived out their lives in Him by all He had given them through His Word to follow Him, His life, crucifixion and resurrection through that same power that was in Him was now in them. God our Father sent them the same way He sent Jesus to draw more people to Him and the Father and through His Spirit, power, miracles, signs and wonders they all did.
Jesus is sending us the same way through His breathed in Spirit that is like the wind, we do not know where He comes from, what he is going to say, or where he is going to walk we just follow and hear His voice telling us what He wants us to speak, and how to walk. Jesus was focused on His Father so the Father could reveal His truth, and through Jesus we too are focused on the Father so He can reveal what we need to speak and how we are to walk.
We are sent through His judgment into the world just as He was sent with His Father’s true judgment, rebukes, encouragement, love, gentleness, kindness, and the fruits of His Spirit into the world, and His judgment is given out of love, for our benefit in making us right and true through His Spirit, for His sake in making a Kingdom of His very own, and through us for all to benefit from.
Many in the world today, and in his "church" do not listen to Him, as they did then. Before the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they were stubborn to believe He had risen after Mary had told them. Jesus knew they were being stubborn and he was not afraid to tell them, and today many are being stubborn after many of his children speak His truth to them.
There is nothing Jesus could do for the stubborn people that remained stubborn, but He still rebuked them regardless because He loved them and wanted them to know that a stubborn heart against God’s truth will cause them not to receive what He has for them. His rebuke is a good thing, and only those who are not proud will except His rebuke. They were cheating themselves holding on to their stubborn hearts from receiving His truth.
Mark 16:14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating: he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
Sadly, His Spirit is grieving today as He did when some of the church went in the wrong directions as some of his disciples went and quit following him because it became to hard, and one did betray him and we see how that ended. I do not see the majority of His church today as the New Testament church following His life, crucifixion, resurrection.
The majority have followed, and allowed more man-made traditions, different philosophies, molding God and Jesus the way they want to, interpreting His word the way they want to, twisting it to suit their own life styles, continually sinning, not changing, but have a form of Godliness but not by His power.
I do not see the “church” today as the first church willing to change and do His will being sent as He was sent. The majority are sent, by their own power, for their own reasons, going their own ways, and many do not realize it.
If we are aware of any teaching, man-made traditions, philosophy, or basic principles of the world we are following that is not based on Jesus Christ, he gives us repentance. I will end with His repentance available for all of us to receive and begin again, or for the first time, asking Him to forgive us, and letting go of all that is not truly Him.
Those who have ears, let them hear what His Spirit speaks, unclog your ears, be willing to do His will for your life, and give up your stubborn hearts. His Spirit speaks what His life and words speaks, there is no difference. He is waiting for his sons and daughters to come to Him, and give up all that is cheating them from receiving the fullness of Him. We who are truly His do not ever want to cheat ourselves in receiving more of the fullness of Him; He never quits giving!
May His fullness dwell in our hearts everyday growing now and forever!