Jesus was sent by God to make Him known and to bring His kingdom to this earth and in doing this to begin the process of restoring a broken world. All that Jesus did was a reflection of this purpose. The Church is the fruit of this work, in all things Jesus was faithful to Him that sent him. Jesus said of himself ‘ he that has seen me has seen the father’ and again ‘ the son can do nothing of himself but what he has seen the father do’.
Just as the Father sent Jesus so Jesus has sent the Church to make Him known , all the confusion in the Church is the result of losing sight if this mandate. In a very technical sense the mandate of the Church is not to preach ‘ God’ but to make Jesus known. Hear what the Lord said to the apostle Paul
And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
Acts 26: 15-19 NKJV
Of course it was all about God because it was about Jesus, but we need to get our mandate right. I have discovered that as soon as we get our eyes off Jesus we stray into error, you wonder why some do all sorts of things in the name of ‘God’, it is because they have taken their eyes off Jesus, our perfect example for life and ministry.
I exhort all who claim to be ‘ christians’ to look into Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Our mandate is to make Him known to the nation’s in power and truth but if we must do so we must first know Him for ourselves.
This is why he chose his first disciples to be with Him before they went to preach or heal the sick and casr out devils. We cannot claim to represent him and teach or live in a manner contrary to his life and principles.
Today we have a christless christianity. ‘ we need to repent and return to him again. The greatest deception is self deception, Lord have mercy, it is not the miracles, the success, not even the preaching or teaching,the Pharisees had all that, it us about Jesus and him alone.
Jesus in our homes, in our work places, in our churches. Jesus and him alone. This is the apostolic spirit.
Husbands love your wives is men revealing Jesus to their wives, wives submit to your husbands is women revealing Christ to their husbands. Lord help me,!
I ask again ‘ who are you representing? Jesus or……..