The Preacher's Special
Subject: JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007
Those that have been saved are called to be disciples. With that calling comes an obligation to learn from our Saviour.
And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.
It has always amazed me at the truth that can be contained in one verse of Scripture. This is such a verse. We learn here from the Master Teacher. When Jesus sent the disciples out they needed to know what to teach and how to do it. Teaching always comes before sending. We must learn before we can fulfill the Lord’s command to go.
I think one of the mistakes that is often made in the Church is to put a young convert in a teaching position before they have had a chance to learn. When a person is first saved, they do not know enough to say anything meaningful about Christ and His Word.
Let’s notice some of the things that Jesus taught His disciples:
1 - Jesus taught them that He was the Son of God;
And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
The Son of God is eternal and coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
2 - He taught them that He was the Son of man.
And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
Jesus is as much God as if He were not man and as much man as if He were not God. He is not half God and half man but all God and all man.
The Son of God was manifested in the flesh. This is the Mystery of godliness.
1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus became a man as God intended man to be. In order to do this He had to be born of a woman. He did not descend from man else He would have been born a sinner. God the Holy Spirit worked the miracle of the Divine conception and Mary furnished Him His body.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
What was the result of reconciliation? That “In the body of His flesh through death to do three things:
1. To present us holy. He is holy and our holiness derives from Him. We are in Him and therefore share His holiness.
2. To present us unblameable. This means we are absolutely spotless. This is how Jesus will present the believer.
3. To present us unreproveable in His sight. This word means, “One that cannot be called into account, unaccused.”
Imagine! The accuser of the brethren will not be there. No one to accuse us because there is nothing to accuse. Jesus took care of it all at the Cross.
I may say more about this, but the point is, we need to know and be reminded of some basic things that Jesus wants His disciples to know.