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Summary: After many stern warnings and instructions to His missionaries, to His disciple makers, Jesus closes the discourse with a promise. Those who faithfully served the Lord & who faithfully support these workers will be rewarded.

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MATTHEW 10: 40-42 [THE MESSIAH REVEALED Series]

REWARDS FOR SERVING CHRIST

[Revelation 22: 10-17]

After many stern warnings and instructions to His missionaries, to His disciple makers, Jesus closes the discourse with a simply amazing promise. Jesus had instructed His disciples to stay in homes and towns where they were welcomed. Now He promises to give rewards to those who receive His missionaries. The meaningful rewards promised to those who help His righteous servants should open houses in all the world.

The Gospel will not only find those who oppose it, but those who assist it. So Christ now turns and gives three sayings concerning those who receive and support the Gospel. In verses 14 and 15 He spoke of the punishment for those who oppose the Gospel but there is also reward for those who receive and promote it. Those who faithfully served the Lord and who faithfully support these workers will be rewarded (CIT).

I RECEIVING ACKNOWLEDGMENT EXTENDED, 40.

II. RECOGNIZED ASSISTANCE REWARDED, 41.

III RENDERED SERVICE REWARDED, 42.

This section stresses that Jesus identify Himself with those who are on mission with Him. In verse 40 Jesus identifies with us and connects us with the Father. “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

A striking aspect of this passage is Jesus’ identification with His own. [One is reminded of Jesus’ words to Saul on the Damascus Road, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” (Acts 9:4, kjv).] Here Jesus states that the person receiving the messenger, the one providing hospitality, is, in fact, doing a service for Christ; he is in effect receiving Him. The reception of the Messiah’s missionary and message amounts to receiving Jesus Christ.

The idea is that of an commissioned or authorized mission or emissary. The mission was the Father's who authorized it and sent His Son to bring it into being, who in turn authorizes and sends His disciples on the Father's mission. The promised blessing is that while the disciples are on mission for Christ those who receive them as Christ's messengers and representatives received Christ and His Father. It is hard to even imagine receiving a greater blessing.

“Receive” comes in the context of extending hospitality and assistance to those proclaiming the Gospel and discipling believers. It is not only respecting His work but actively helping Him in it (2 Jn. 10-11, 3 Jn. 8). Again, what a thought. To actively assist authorized and empowered representatives of Christ is to receive Christ Himself (Mt. 25:40). Anyone who honors you, His workers, will be honored by Christ.

II. RECOGNIZED ASSISTANCE REWARDED, 41.

Verse 41 indicates that anyone who supports the missionaries and his work will be rewarded by God “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”


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