x304....Just Exactly Who is "sent"/ Someone had to be an apostle!

The word "sent" or send is used over 200 time in the Bible.

It is used 56 times just in the book of John.

This word is in the Greek--apostello

apostellw apostello {ap-os-tel'-lo} v

-----send 110, send forth 15, send away 4, send out 2, misc 2; 133

1) to order (one) to go to a place appointed
2) to send away, dismiss
2a) to allow one to depart, that he may be in a state of
2b) to order one to depart, send off
2c) to drive away

If we add the suffix "os" to this word--it takes on the meaning of "one who is sent". Much like in English when we add the suffix "er" to the word "teach" and come up with the word "teacher" meaning of course--"one who teaches".

So let's look at this concept of being "sent" in some Bible verses. The book of John uses the word "sent" (apostello) many times. In chapter 17, Jesus prays to God the Father before His apostles and uses the word "sent" 7 times. This chapter is Jesus last words and instructions to His disciples (and as you will see--also to us) before He was taken before His accusers.

"and this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3)

Jesus states that eternal life is tied up with the concept that God the Father has "sent " (apostello) His son--that God the Father has given His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life......

" For God sent (apostello) not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
(John 3:17, KJV).

"For I have given to them the words which You have given Me: and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You:and they have believed that You sent (apostello) me" (John 17:8)

These disciples knew that Jesus was "sent" of God the Father. Well, this is actually the confession of every Christian--(or at least should be!) 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9, KJV). We are saved because we confess that Jesus is "lord" (God). We recognize that Jesus testimony is true--that He and the Father are One " I and my Father are one." (John 10:30, KJV).

"that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You: that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent (apostello) Me." (John 17:21)

It was Jesus' earnest prayer to His apostles that they tell the world that God the Father "sent" (apostello) Him. When a person believes that Jesus was "sent" of God, they have received Him --they enter into Gods kingdom--they become saved--born again--born from above--they are partakers of eternal life--they have attained salvation--they have received the "free gift"--the gift of God--everlasting life in Christ Jesus. So we see it is very important to understand--to beleive and cofess that God "sent" Jesus His Son to bring us the Gospel--the "Good News" of salvation. He died on the cross to forgive our sin, and He rose from the dead for our justification--He is alive and He is our advocate in heaven with God the Father--if any of us sins we have Jesus as our advocate--His blood forgives our sin and we have His righteousness--the righteousness of the cross--greater than any of our own works.

It is clearly Jesus' earnest prayer in this chapter of John (and in many other places in the Bible) that His apostles go forth with his message. He prays fervently and commands His apostles to be "messengers" of the Gospel--to "preach the Good News to every living creature"--to let everyone know that Jesus was "sent" of God the Father and that salvation has been brought into the earth by the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross of Calvary.

"As You sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world" (John 17:18)

Jesus says that He is sending (apostello) His disciples into the world--to bring the Gospel--in exactly the same way that He was "sent". Jesus was given the word from God--the "mission" from God to bring to the world--when we believe Jesus was sent--we receive our salvation--and Jesus says that He is sending these people He is speaking to, to carry this message to the world. Jesus "sent " (apostello) His apostles. And certainly, they carried out their mission. If it were not for these apostles, we would not have the message of the Gospel. Jesus entrusted them completely with the job of carrying this word to the world--and this is exactly what they did. They certainly are our example of being apostles--of being messengers--of being "sent" of God to bring the message of salvation into the earth.

But, was Jesus only praying for the apostles of His day? Was His message only for those whom He was immediately speaking to? Was it only for those people of that day to be "sent" of God to, do the work of God in the world? Was it only for those people of that day to be "messengers" of the Gospel?

"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word" (John 17:20)

Jesus is praying not only of those whom He was immediately speaking to, but also to "those who will believe in Me through their word" ---This means us! This prayer is also for us, today! WE are "those who will believe in Me through their word" --WE believe in Jesus through the words that the apostles wrote. WE beleive in Jesus through the testimony--the "word" that the apostles spoke and wrote.

The "sending" of apostles is for us today. Jesus "sent" (apostello) His followers of that day--and He clearly prays this same prayer for us today. Jesus desire is clearly to send the followers of today with the message of the Gospel, into the earth. To let people know that Jesus was "sent" of God with the message of salvation--

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16, KJV).

Our part of salvation is to confess and believe--

"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus--and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation For the scripture says," Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame"....For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Roman 10:9, 10, 11, 13)

Again, we see the clear picture of our part of salvation---to confess and believe--to call upon the name of Lord.

Yet to "confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus--is literally taken to say "If you tell others that Jesus is God." Part and parcel of our salvation is the fact that we must tell others about Jesus.

But Gods mission in our life is not complete when we are saved. (In this earth we are called upon to sow and reap--to sow the word and reap the harvest of souls. Sowing and reaping are our earthly mission--we don't sow and reap in heaven--and it issurely what we have not sown and reaped in the earth that will cause us sorrow in heaven.) We are told to "get everyone else saved too"--this is how Gods message of salvation always has been spread and always will be spread--by bearers of the Good News--by those who preach (proclaim) the Gospel. The Bible asks us to set up a network--of brothers and sisters--equals--in Christ. This is the apostolic operational plan for the church. Our own homes are meant to be the houses of God from whcih the word will be spread.

"How then shall they call on Him whom they have not believed? (romans 10:14)

The unsaved certainly cannot call upon a Jesus whom they do not have faith in--- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(Romans 10:17, KJV).

And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? (romans 10:14)

How can the unsaved believe on a Jesus whom they have not heard of--on a Jesus who is misrepresented--How can they believe in the free gift--when they have never heard of this great gift?

And how shall they hear without a preacher? (romans 10:14)

The unsaved cannot hear of salvation until someone comes along and "proclaims" (preaches) it to them? It is absolutely necessary--(Jesus says so!)--for someone to bear the Good News--to proclaim the message to people. The world can't hear and believe unless someone tells them--unless someone proclaims the message to them.

And how shall they preach unless they are sent? (apostello) (romans 10:15)

This final question is the most important. The unsaved cannot be saved until they hear the Gospel until someone proclaims it to them--but "they must be sent" (apostello) There is no other way for people to be saved unless someone is "sent" (apostello) to them. This is the way that God has always worked and the way He will always work. People,doing the work of apostles--being "sent" into the world to carry the message of salvation to the unsaved. This is the way that you were saved--this is the way I was saved--some had to be "sent" (apostello) someone had to be and apostle.

But inthe Bible, the aposltes were representatives of an apostolic church. They would get you saved, and make you an apostle--as quickly as they could! This was the example that Jesus had given them (He worked with apostles right from the beginning of His ministry)--and they followed it. But we repesent something else--a "pastoral" church. The churhc of tradition--the church of man's authority. We get peopl saved so they can be tithe paying members of a human organization--and maybe "on the side" they can witness. Why do we ignore apostlehip?