July 12, 2007
I want to take a look at the instruction and warnings Jesus gave His disciples
before He sent them out to minister to others. He sent them out with authority and
power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, to heal sickness and disease. He also
gave them instructions on how to behave and what to do and preach. They were to
demonstrate the power of the kingdom of God by healing the sick, cleansing the
lepers, raising the dead, and casting out devils. They weren't to worry about
money, or provision.
He warned them it would not be easy, that they would meet with opposition and
rejection from some. He warned of coming persecution for the sake of the Gospel
and that it would be their position to be a testimony. They were to trust the Spirit
of God for the words that were needed at such times. He warned them they would
be hated, and their would come a time when real persecution would arise. He
encouraged them not to fear, but trust that they were of great value to the Lord.
But then, He reminded them of something I want to focus on a little more in depth.
Mat 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven.
Have you ever thought about what He meant when He said "confess me before
men"? It's a funny thing about our English language. We use one word that can
have several meanings, depending on how it's used. In the Greek, which, I'm
learning, is much more precise, they have different words that clarifies each
different context, and are often translated into the same word in the English. We
automatically think, well, I've told people I'm a Christian, that I believe in Jesus,
so I'm alright on this. Shall we get our spiritual shovels out and do some digging?
What treasure we might find!
I looked this up in the Greek and it means much more than just profession with the
mouth. If you want to look it up, it's G3670. I use two sources, Strong's Greek &
Hebrew Definitions, and Thayer