x40......Jesus was taught of the Father and sent too!
25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 30 As he spake these words, many believed on him. 31 ¶ Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:25-32)
Jesus is speaking here to the pharisees and scribes. He speaks again (as He does so often throughout the Gospels and especially in the book of John) of the fact that He was "sent" (Greek: "apostello") of God the Father.
In these verses He clearly describes to them the process of His ministry.....
1. Jesus was taught. Yes Jesus says He was taught by the Father. Jesus was Himself a disciple, a student of the Father. He said many times that He only spoke the words that the Father gave Him--He only came to do the will of the Father. Of course we know that the will of the Father was to bring the Good News of salvation into the earth. It was the will of the Father to send His only begotten Son into the world that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. The Father sent His Son to die --to be the seed of eternal life--
John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
God sent His Son to bring to Him more Sons...
John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
2. Jesus was sent. Jesus spoke the word over and over again in the Gospels--He was "sent" of the Father--
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:17, KJV).
Speaking to His apostles Jesus said this--
"For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me." (John 17:8)
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)
To know that Jesus was "sent" of God the Father is to receive salvation itself. The process of teaching and sending is at the core of the ministry of Jesus. It is at the core of the doctrine which He taught. It is the core of His example in the earth. Release is an important part of the Gospel--at least the Gospel that Jesus taught!
"29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 30 As he spake these words, many believed on him. 31 ¶ Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; (John 8: 29-31)
Jesus states that --"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"
If we are to be His disciples we should continue in His word--in this teaching--in this method and understanding. and He goes further--
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8: 32)
Jesus calls this revelation the truth that will make you free. Certainly this is true---Jesus is the "way the truth and the life"---to know Jesus personally is the way the be set free. But Jesus is also urging believers to continue in this --to live out the system He is describing here.
To be taught and to be sent.
To teach others and send them.
Just as the Father did with Jesus--just as Jesus did with His followers--just as Jesus' followers did in the Bible, as our example of what the church should be---just as we are urged to do also.....
In John 17 Jesus speaks a prayer in which He describes the way He was sent (apostello) of the Father ---He adds this--
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 ¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
Again here Jesus calls this the "truth". This is the truth that will sanctify--that will "set free"
but the prayer was not just for the apostles of old--but for all of us--each and every one of us...!!
¶ Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
We are the those who believe on Jesus through the word of the apostles. Every one of us.
Gods plan for ministry was to teach and send His Son. When we believe in Jesus' apostleship we are saved. (confess Him as Lord and Savior--sent of the Father)
Through His word, Jesus teaches and sends us.
Can we have faith to believe this? Can we have faith to release others?