Text: “As Thou (God the Father) hast sent Me (God the Son) into the world (the incarnation), even so have I also sent them (the saved) into the world.”
Good morning, saved and sent Christian! The Lord God has revealed His truth unto our hearts; we received faith to believe as His gift - imparted by hearing His Word - and were graciously saved. However, we are not saved to sit about doing nothing. We are saved, secured in Christ, and sent out with the Gospel that other precious souls might also be reached and saved - according to the will of the Lord God. We have a Divine purpose in life.
“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 (behold, look!) I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
When the risen Christ gave His disciples this instruction, they gladly went out where they were sent to go, preaching the Gospel of Christ and Him Crucified for the sins of all nations.
The first disciples were obedient to Christ and to His commandments. I wonder, are we likewise obedient today?
In today’s selected Bible passage in our Journey In John’s Gospel series, we find a fivefold mention of the concept of being ‘SENT‘. (Vs 18;21;23;25)
The number five is the number of God’s grace, denoting the abundance of God’s richest grace which He created for mankind on day five of His Creation. (Genesis 1:20:23)
If God the Holy Spirit has seen fit to inspire John to mention the concept of being ‘sent’ five times in such a short passage of Bible verses - then it is certain that we Bible-believers should take special note of such a stated principle.
In verse eighteen of our passage, the Lord Jesus teaches us that God the Eternal Father sent Christ Jesus into the world that He had Created. He went through the incarnation process; was conceived miraculously in the womb of a virgin; was physically born of that virgin woman; lived a sinless life for thirty-three and a half years; performed many Supernatural miracles; was unjustly sent to a cruel Cross to die; and rose again from the dead because death/Hell could not hold Him, as there was no sin in Him. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Christ Jesus, the Son of God, was therefore purposefully SENT by God the Father to accomplish a unique means of Redemption for a God-ordained selection of precious souls. Hallelujah! What a God of Sovereign grace!
However, the Eternal purpose of the Lord God does not end there. God’s Word goes on to teach us that, the One that the Father sent into the world - Christ Jesus - also sent all those whom He saved, and would continue to save, out into the world, that they/we might continue to fulfil the Father’s purpose; the Salvation of other sinner’s souls.
We are saved and sent out to serve the Living Lord God; not to sit perpetually moribund inside a church building! Get out there, Christian!
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word (testimony of Salvation in Christ alone).” (V.20)
“For the promise (of Salvation in Christ Jesus) is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-47)
Christ Jesus came unto us for to fulfil the Eternal purpose of Almighty God: to be a Holy Sacrifice for the sins of all those whom God preordained to save. (John 6:37)
When we get gloriously saved by God’s grace, we too are sent out to fulfil the Eternal purpose of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ: to reach the yet unsaved elect and lead them to Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.
“And for their sakes I (Christ Jesus) sanctify (set apart for Sacrifice) Myself, that they also might be sanctified (set apart to preach the Gospel) through the truth.” (V.19)
We preach and teach the Gospel truths from God’s Word; God the Holy Ghost moves on the hearts of those the Father has chosen to receive faith to believe and receive His Son’s Eternal Salvation. God saves all His elect souls!
We prove our love for Christ by exercising evangelistic love to other elect souls.
Thought: You and I are saved, and secured - but are we being continually obedient, and allowing ourselves to be sent out?