“…As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give...” –Matthew 10:7-8 NIV [italics & emphasis mine]
In Matthew 10, we see Jesus sending His twelve disciples on ‘internship’; He sends them on practical training for He knows He was to depart from them shortly. In Luke 10 we see Jesus sending Seventy-two disciples; this time it records their report when they came back. They rejoiced that demons flee at their word but He told them that they should rejoice because ‘their names are written in heaven’ (vv 20)…this means, whatever happened was a result of their relationship with God.
After His resurrection, He tells them that the authority which was given to Him, He now hands it over to them (Matthew 28:18). The same authority is handed to every believer today…we have the authority and the permission to preach the gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, drive out demons. Yet for a number of reasons, Christians have not come to full understanding of this, we think that only ordained ministers should do those things.
copyright ©2008 Light to my path † † † by TJM Kyara
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” Ps 119:105 KJV
You might also like these:
“… if you can believe, ALL THINGS are possible to whom who believes …” Mark 9:23 NKJV [italics & emphasis mine] Some of us have paraph...
" … Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish ...
"… How could one single enemy chase a thousand of them, And two put ten thousand to flight , Unless their Rock had abandoned...
" My son , keep my words , and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live ; and my law as the apple of thine eye...
“… "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact for this reason I was ...