Sent by God the Father
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John 17: 18 (KJV)
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son to bring salvation to the world. This was the message Jesus was charged with from His Father.
We now see how Jesus in next instant explained the purpose of the sanctification that He requested for His disciples. He had sent them into the world with a mission (John 13:20;15:26-27; 20:21). Similarly, the Father had sent the Son into the world with a mission (John 10:36). In both cases sanctification was essential for the success of the mission.
Moreover, he adds that the apostles have a calling common with him, and therefore that they must be held up by the very same virtue to give themselves up wholly to God, by which Christ, who was first, did consecrate himself to the Father.
The apostles had the same commission which Christ had, considered as man – they were endued with the same Spirit, so that they could not err, and their word was accompanied with the same success.
just as Christ delivered God’s word, the apostles were instructed to deliver, not their word, but Christ’s. This respect to the pattern of teaching illuminates the promise of Jesus that whatever the apostles bound on earth would be bound in heaven, etc. (Matthew 18:18). Not even the apostles had authority to set up an organization and teach whatever they might have conceived to be expedient or appropriate. They were to use the same fidelity in teaching what Christ commanded that Christ had used in declaring what God had said. Likewise, as believers in Jesus Christ, we are to do the same!
Have a great and God filled day!