by Carron Lake -

The Great Commission given to those, who partake of Christ

It was The Father, WHO spoke by HIS Word to His disciples and said, "...Blessed [are] the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard [them]" (Luke 10:23,24).

In The Father's Thoughts that were made audible by HIS Word, The Commission was given to His disciples, to bless the nations to observe all things that were given to them, that all might be blessed to see What they have seen, and to hear What they have heard. If the disciples were to go and teach all nations to observe and take notice of the things that The Word has revealed to them, then they would first have to receive That, Which many of the prophets and kings have desired to see, and to hear What they have desired to hear. And if the enemy of GOD and man is still at work to keep men from receiving These Things, then he will be hard at work, in keeping the nations in unrest, that they might remain in darkness and death, to keep from receiving The Truth in their hearts to be blessed of GOD.

Through Matthew, who was filled with The Living Water of Life, we look by faith to The Word of Life, Who taught His disciples of The Blessings He would bring to those, who would receive What they have seen and heard from The Father through them. "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

"Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:1-20).

A Holy Vessel for The Word

All who are made partakers with Christ, are called to receive The LIGHT of The Father in Christ, Who reveals through us The Testimony of The Father, to the conscience of those, who are yet in darkness and death, that they might be blessed of GOD, to receive HIS Gift of Life. However, the enemy of GOD and man is hard at work through men, to do the opposite of The Work of GOD in men. As a result of pride in the heart, the enemy blinds the minds and hearts of men that they might not receive and respond to The Work of Christ in revealing The Truth of GOD through those, whom He has sent. But if men would respond to The Light, to walk in The Light of HIS Word, then they will receive The Gift of GOD, Who opens to them The Kingdom of Heaven. But those, who reject and walk not in The Light, as The Father has revealed in HIS Word, they are walking in darkness and death.

It is with this understanding of The Great Commission that the disciples said, "seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them" (2 Corinthians 4:1-4).

It was in this testimony, that Paul revealed to the church at Corinth, that The Light shining out from their hearts was That of Christ, Who revealed to them The Things of The Father, WHOM no man have seen, or heard, except they behold HIS FACE, and heard HIS VOICE in and through The expressed Image of HIS Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. If Christ glorified The Father by allowing HIM to manifest HIS NAME through Him, then how does the church today glorify The Name of Christ to the world? Are we allowing Him to fulfill The Father's Will in and through us, as His Temple, to shine HIS Light of Love in a world of darkness and death? Or are we altering and mishandling HIS Word to reduce The Brightness of HIS Glory shining upon us through HIS Word? In reading The Sayings that were revealed through His servant Ellen G. White,

"Satan was seeking to shut out from men a knowledge of God, to turn their attention from the temple of God, and to establish his own kingdom. His strife for supremacy had seemed to be almost wholly successful. It is true that in every generation God had His agencies. Even among the heathen there were men through whom Christ was working to uplift the people from their sin and degradation. But these men were despised and hated" (Desire of Ages page 35.2).

Because Satan had blinded the minds and hearts of men, from seeing and receiving The Offspring of GOD, men in their blindness of heart rejected The Fruit of The SPIRIT, Who was working in and through men to uplift the nations from their sin and degradation. In their darken hearts and dispossession, they became agents for Satan, to do his work, to persecute those, who allowed The Light of Christ to shine through them to the conscience of those, who were yet in darkness, which he is continuing to do through men and women to this day.

In training His disciples to be agents for His Work in The Great Commission, Jesus said unto them, "...Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid [him] not: for he that is not against us is for us. And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him" (Luke 9:48-52).

Notice the example that was presented to the disciples, which they were to present in their teachings to all nations. They were as peacemakers, called to be the children of God, to go into all nations, to preach and teach in His Name the things they had seen and heard of GOD. And He would preach and teach through them in The Father's NAME, all that The Father had revealed to them through Him. If the nations received them, then they would receive Him, Who came from above, to testify of The Father in HIS NAME. And if the nations received The Word of GOD, Who came from The Father, then they would receive The Father, WHO delivered HIS Word through those, who were made partakers of HIS Word. Notice also that there was at least one disciple of Christ among them, who followed not with them, through whom The Lord was working to uplift the people from their sin and poverty, that all might be One with Him. For the time is now at hand, that those, who are blessed of GOD to receive The Father's Blessing in HIS Son, might be called children of GOD, and to see HIs Face at His coming. The disciples were to be messengers to prepare the hearts of the people to receive The Father's Gift, that they might be a city of peace where He dwells. To prepare the hearts of the people to receive Him, before seeing His Face, He sent His disciples out in His Name, and was working through them to do HIS Will.

To make it clear to us, what He meant by the phrase "in His Name"; through His servant Luke, it was revealed how the disciples were received in the village of the Samaritans. "And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw [this], they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save [them]. And they went to another village" (Luke 9:53-56).

Notice The Revelation of HIS Will for those, who did not received Him through those, who were sent in His Name. James and John asked Him, "What is Your will Lord?", or "Is it Your will that we should command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, even as Elias did?" If they were to represent Him to those, who would receive Him, them they must first receive Him from The Father, WHO sent Him, that those, who receive them might receive Him through them. But the disciples did not understand at this time, What, or Who The Father had delivered into their hands. Through The Word, The Father had rebuked them, saying, "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of". How should we receive this rebuke of His disciples? Was HE rebuking them for having the spirit of the enemy in them? Or was HE rebuking them for not understanding The Truth HE had revealed to them?

Notice that they wanted to do His Will, and Jesus came from The Father to reveal and fulfill in us The Father's Will. If we are to be a blessing to those, who are poor in Spirit, then we are to know What Manner of Spirit we are of. For Jesus made it clear that ...the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save [them]. Without The Gift of Life in the heart of man, men are already lost in darkness and death. Jesus did not have to come in the form of flesh to destroy man. He could have simply come to earth in The Glory of The Father and consume the earth and men in the brightness of His Glory. It is with The Spirit of Love in his heart for those, who are lost in darkness and death, that Paul as a messenger for The Lord testified and said, "...I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed [it] unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:16-20). It is the work of the enemy to keep man in a condition of darkness, that men might not receive The Gift of Life through The Truth, to prepare their hearts to meet The Lord at His coming. It is his work of blindness in men that they might be kept in darkness to The Truth of Christ, Who works in and through those, who are sent in His Name; to make ready a people prepared to meet their God.

Apparently, many have answered the call to handle and take The Word of Life into a darkened world. But the enemy also blinded them to The Truth that they might not know The Spirit of GOD, Who works The Will of The Father through those, who are sent in His Name. Because of this blindness in the hearts of men, Satan has worked to establish his own kingdom, by using men to interpret The Word without the evidence of faith to support their understanding and knowledge of The Word. This has led many today to give the glory of GOD, not to HIS Word, to Whom we should give the honor and praise, but to an image made by the figment of our imagination. Men, who handle The Word have sought to present to the church a third divine spirit, which many try to insert wherever they can, even without the evidence to support this view.

Seven translations from the transcribers of The Word, have removed, or left out of the record of HIS Word, The Testimony of The Father by HIS Word, through Whom HE rebuked James and John, because they knew not The Spirit, by Whom they were made to partake of. The translators of The Word simply recorded in each version that "...Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village". From the understanding of these versions, GOD did not give a reason for HIS rebuke. He simply rebuked them and went on to the next training.

If seven out of eight translations presented different views from The One Witness of The Word, would the number of different interpretations make each presentation of The Word a correct witness of The Truth? Can we really know The Truth of The Word for ourselves?

A clear answer of The Great Commission is given to His disciples and is revealed to us in The Revelation of HIS Word. It is written in The Word saying, "After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the labourers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

"Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace [be] to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you" (Luke 10:1-9).

It is through those, who are made partakers of The Word that The Kingdom of God is brought near to those in darkness and death. And it is those, who are poor in spirit, who will receive The Light and Life of GOD through those, who come in His Name. They are the ones, who will receive through the gates, The Door to the kingdom of Heaven. For Jesus said to His disciples, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you" (Matthew 10:16-20).

Notice that it is The Spirit of Peace and Love, Who is expressed in the hearts of those, who are sent into every city and town, that The Light of Christ Image in them might shine forth from their hearts, as The Gift of GOD to those, who seek to know His Name for themselves. It is Christ, The Son of Peace in the hearts of those, who seek The Truth, Who prepares the hearts of those, who seek to see His Face, to be blessed to enter His kingdom by receiving those, who come in His Name. For He works and speaks The Father's Thoughts through those, who are sent in His Name, that He, as The Anointed Spirit of GOD might glorify The Father in and through those, whom He has sent.

To establish and make clear His principles of The Great Commission to His disciples, Jesus taught them of the blessings that would come to those, who would believe and receive Him through their testimony, just as they were blessed to receive The Father through receiving His Testimony. Now He says to them, "He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven" (Luke 10:16-20).

Notice Who It is that give the disciples the ability to tread on all the power of the enemy? It is He, Who received from The Father all Power in both heaven and earth, to empower and send His disciples into the world, as His messengers that He might work through them to prepare the hearts of those, who hunger and thirst after righteousness. By HIS Power, many will receive Him, through those, who were sent in His Name. With this understanding in our hearts, The Great Commission is understood, as it was given, before the punctuations were added to emphasize and interject the interpretations made by the translators understanding of The Word. If it is Christ, Who shines The LIGHT of The Father through His disciples, then it is The Father by HIS Word, Who teaches the things of GOD through those, who are sent in His Name.

If we fail to receive The Word of GOD through the disciples, by altering and mishandling The Word, Who is sent from above, would we be blessed of GOD to enter His Kingdom, by giving the glory of HIS Power, to a third divine spirit, who is created in the minds of men? Could it be that the enemy of GOD and man, has been seeking to regain and increase his power by altering the phrase, "It is written", to reduce The Power of The Word, to just the writings of men? Has Satan deceived the church into accepting and giving the glory of GOD in HIS Word to an image made by the hands of men, through the altering of HIS Word? Only by faith in The Word of GOD, will we be blessed of GOD to see What men have not seen, and to hear in our hearts That, Which men have not heard, that we might know The Father, as The only True GOD, and HIS Son, Whom HE has sent through those, who received Him.

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