Who Shall Speak for the Lord?
Matthew 28:18-20 ASV
“And Jesus came to them and spake unto them saying, All authority hath been given unto Me, in heaven and on earth.
Go ye, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
With all the authority of the Risen Son of God, Jesus gave His disciples the mandate to “Go” and “make disciples”.
To make disciples requires effort: effort in prayer, holding them up to the Lord till Christ be formed in them. (Galatians 4:19)
And effort in teaching them the Word of God.
But if we would pass on spiritual reality, we must have it in our own experience, first.
The disciples had the instruction after three years of following the Lord.
(Even Peter, who had been restored, after he denied the Lord. John 21:15-19)
But they would also need power, Spiritual power, and for that Jesus told them to wait for the Holy Spirit, which would be given them:
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
They received Him, and did this. Trials and persecution came; but so did blessings and strength; guidance and fellowship.
As Christians, we have received the Holy Spirit, but to have His fullness and the authority of speaking for Christ, we need to obey Him in our everyday lives.
We need to be in subjection to God’s authority ourselves……then He will show others what He has for them, through us.
Because of the spiritual reality we have in our experience.
It is not you or me, but the Holy Spirit, through us, influencing them for good.
It is the authority we have yielded to in our own lives, that gives force and power to our words.
When a centurion sent to Jesus to ask that his servant be healed; he told Him that He did not need to come to his house….but say the word, and the servant would be healed!
Luke 7:8 “For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.”
You will notice that the centurion did not say, “of authority”, or “in authority”;
But “under authority”.
This centurion was basically saying:
“For I am a man set under the authority of Rome, all the power of Rome is behind me, for I do as Rome commands.”
This centurion knew that Christ Jesus spoke for God, even as he spoke for Rome.
We can say the same thing. We can say that we are set under the power of God, and all God’s power is behind me, for I do as God commands me.
And The Lord Jesus can send us out, as He did His disciples:
John 20:21 “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father has sent Me, even so send I you.”
We are first seen as children of God, being taken care of, till we grow.
Then we are seen as servants of God, obeying our Master with love.
Then we are seen as soldiers of God, standing with Him in this world.
Then we are Ambassadors of God, with authority from our King to speak for Him, to help reconcile others to Him.
(That does not mean they always listen, or react as we think; but it does mean that the Holy Spirit uses us to open up their hearts to His Word.)
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
Christ Jesus has “committed unto us” the word of reconciliation.
That means He trusts us to obey Him and carry on His work in our lives.
It is always a personal call. For we must see our personal responsibility to God, then to the person we are talking to.
How can we answer that call?
And how can we be so commissioned?
Always it is His Word to us. Us hearing Him for ourselves first. And then to hear His call to a work.
Exodus 3:7-8, 10 “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows;
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey;…
Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
This was Moses’ call.
Ezekiel 3:17 “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me.”
This was Ezekiel’s call to the captives in Babylon.
Matthew 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And He saith unto them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
This was the call to Peter and Andrew to follow Him.
Acts 26:14-16, 19 “And when we were fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks,
And I said, Who art Thou Lord? And He said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
But rise and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.
Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:”
This was the call Paul received to stop fighting against Jesus, and to preach Jesus as Lord and Savior.
The call to obey the Lord is different for each of us…but it is always personal, designed to bring us—you, me—to submit to Him, and enter into a personal relationship with our Risen Lord, which takes us on a path from here, to all eternity.
“And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”