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Summary: Christ’s likeness in us through communion with Him - to reveal Him to a lost world through responding to the great commision

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Divine Ordination

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Communion & Commission

Mark 3:14 & 15

14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, 15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: [AV]

Divine Ordination

I. COMMUNION

Mark 3:14a And He ordained* twelve, that they should be with Him [to be his regular companions NLT]

* ordained: ¡¥appointed¡¦ in AV. The Greek verb gives the thought of ¡¥to make someone into something¡¦

1) TO BE HIS COMPANIONS

I Corinthians 1:9 God is utterly dependable, and it is he who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. [JBP]

A vital part of our lives as Christians is to know the companionship of the Lord Jesus Christ; to have a constant awareness of His presence; and as His companions, sharing everything ¡V sorrows and joys. Companionship is two-way!

2) TO BE HIS DISCIPLES

John 8:31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. [NLT] [continue in my word AV]

If we are to obey, or continue in the teaching of the Lord, we must become acquainted with His Word by regular reading, and by listening for His voice as He speaks to us.

3) TO BE LIKE HIM

II Peter 1:2-4 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, (become like Christ). [AV]

All the way through the New Testament we have the thought that we only become like the Lord Jesus Christ as we spend time with Him and with His Word.

II. COMMISSION

Mark 3:14b & 15, and that He might send them forth to preach, 15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

1) TO BE HIS REPRESENTATIVES

II Corinthians 5:20 On Christ¡¦s behalf . . . we come as ambassadors, God, as it were, making entreaty through our lips: we, on Christ¡¦s behalf, beseech men to be reconciled to God. [Wey]

We are commissioned to represent the Lord before the people of the world, and our own town. Not ourselves ¡V not our church ¡V but the Lord. Are we good representatives?

Acts 1:8 You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." [NKJV]

2) TO BROADCAST HIS MESSAGE

II Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word. Never lose your sense of urgency, in season or out of season. [JBP]

We are commissioned to communicate the good news of the Gospel to a lost world. When did we last speak to someone concerning their soul?

3) TO DEMONSTRATE HIS POWER

{Note: it is His power!} We have a delegated authority.

ƒÕƒèƒßƒåƒãƒÙƒÑƒnexousia = the right to act i.e. magistrates & policemen.

Mark 16:17 & 18 These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." [NIV]


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