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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bible Passage:John 17:18

As Thou didst sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

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In these words you hear why Christ prays the Father to sanctify them; namely, that He might set them apart and send them forth into the world to preach the Gospel.  And by these words Christ creates His apostles, and forms them into teachers and preachers, making all of us to be their disciples, and subjecting us all to their mouth, whether learned or unlearned, that every one might humble himself, with however much wisdom, learning, and genius he may be blessed with, and that all might suffer those simple fishermen to be their masters and teachers, and hear them as they would hear Christ the Lord.  As Thou didst sent Me into the world is no common saying, it is no trifling matter to believe that Christ was sent into the world by the Father; that is, to be fully persuaded in your conscience and without doubting to believe that when you hear the words that proceed out of the mouth of Christ, you hear the Father speak to you from heaven.  What is there in all things human or divine which anyone should desire more ardently than to hear God Himself speaking?  Here then is given to you the surest testimony, that he who hears the Word of Christ hears the Word of Him who made heaven and earth by His Word.  And this same thing is here testified concerning the mouths and preachings of the apostles.  I also have sent them into the world.  That is, as they have heard Me, so also are they to be heard by all My future disciples.  This is the same also as that He said to them in another place: "He that heareth you heareth Me."

Make them Apostles! Heralds of Thy cross;
Forth may they go to tell all realms Thy grace;
Inspired of Thee, may they count all but loss,
And stand at last with joy before Thy face.

aka Pastor Robin Fish

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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