|Matthew 9 |
1 And he entered into a ship, and crossed over, and came into his own city.
2 And behold, they brought a man to him who was paralyzed, lying on a bed; and Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralyzed man; "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you."
3 Then certain of the scribes said within themselves, "This man blasphemes."
4 But Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why do you have evil thoughts in your hearts?
5 For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you;' or to say, 'Arise, and walk?'
6 But so that you may know that the Son of man has power on earth to forgive sins," (he said to the paralyzed man) "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
8 And when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
9 Then as Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew, sitting at the tax collector's office, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he arose, and followed him.
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at a meal in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to his disciples, "Why does your Master eat with tax collectors and sinners?"
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said to them, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick.
13 But go and learn what this means, 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."
14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?"
15 And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then will they fast.
16 No man puts a piece of new cloth on an old garment, for the patch that is put on will pull away from the garment, and the tear will be made worse.
17 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runs out and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."1
18 While he spoke these things to them, behold, a certain ruler came, and worshipped him, saying, "My daughter has just now died, but come and lay your hands on her and she will live."
19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 And behold, a woman, who had been diseased with an issue of blood for twelve years came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment.
21 For she said within herself, "If I could only touch his garment, I will be made well."
22 But Jesus turned around, and when he saw her, he said, "Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.
23 Now when Jesus came into the ruler's house and saw the flute-players and the people making noise,
24 He said to them, "Go away, for the girl is not dead, but sleeps." And they laughed at him scornfully.
25 But when the people were put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.
26 And the fame of this went abroad into all that land.
27 Now when Jesus left there, two blind men followed him, crying and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us."
28 And when he had gone into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" And they said to him, "Yes, Lord."
29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith it is done to you."
30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus sternly charged them, saying, "See that no man knows it."
31 But when they departed, they spread his fame abroad in all that country.
32 As they went out, behold, they brought a dumb man possessed with a demon to him.
33 And when the demon was cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the multitudes marveled, saying, "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel."
34 But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons through the prince of the demons."
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 And when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary, and scattered like sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is truly plenteous, but the laborers are few.
38 Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send2 forth laborers into his harvest." [Notice, the Lord is supposed to send his ministers and evangelists, after they have been taught and perfected, after they have been restored, after they have been authorized.]
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1 Neither do men put new wine into old bottles; otherwise the bottles break, and the wine runs out and the bottles perish; but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. The bottle is a man's heart; the heart in the body is the temple of God. Unless a man's heart and body has had the evil removed through repentance on the inward cross of self-denial, the heart cannot contain the filling of the Spirit of God; the Spirit would be lost because the man's evil desires wars with the Spirit of God and would cause it to diminish. Further, a man who had not first been purified on the cross would perish in the presence of God for only the righteous can barely be saved as the Lord snatches them from the fire that every man must pass through; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. God must give us a new heart, which can hold the new Spirit.
As Jesus said in Luke 5:39, No one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires the new wine, for he will say, 'The old wine is better.' If a sinner did not first have the sins slowly purged out of his heart, while learning to hate all evil, even if that sinner were translated into heaven, he would not be happy because he could not pursue all his old addictions. A man must crucify his lusts and affections on the inward cross of self-denial before he can enjoy fellowship in the heavens.
2 Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. It is the Lord who is supposed to send the workers to the fields of harvest, but today's ministers have not been appointed by God nor have they been sent by God under direct orders; they are man-appointed and man-sent, and as such they are not Christ's. Instead, they are Satan's ministers transformed to appear as ministers of righteousness, 2 Cor 11:14-15.
Before being sent (Mark! Sent) to labor in the harvest, you must be taught, restored, readjusted, perfected, and authorized — by Christ's Holy Spirit. The teacher is Christ. You are a blind pupil. If the pupil starts teaching before the teacher has authorized him, then the blind pupil thinks he can see and is superior to the teacher. (Luke 6:39-42). You must wait for the teacher to pronounce you ready to teach; or with still more training, ready to preach, and ready to substitute for him. You must wait until you are told what to do and when to do it. If you are teaching or preaching now, from where does your authority come? You say a college or university, or your religious organization? From where does their authority come? Jesus said you must be set to rights, (as in authorized to teach or preach by Jesus himself), restored, (to the divine image of God as was Adam before the fall) readjusted, and perfected. (Luke 6:39-42). Otherwise, you are claiming superiority to Him by teaching without His explicit authority and His personal training, from Him to you; without it, by teaching or preaching, Jesus says you are estimating yourself, a pupil, to be superior to Him,* THE teacher. And this authorization of being set to rights from Christ does not come by feeling, doors opening, desires on your part, or your opinion — it has to come after perfection and from spoken words from Christ directly to you, and heard by you, that specifically tell you what to do and when to do it. The Lord of the harvest specifically sends forth his individual laborers. Such authorization comes from him directly and specifically; you hear him say: you are now a teacher, or: preach repentance and release from bondage of sins.
*Jesus only spoke, judged, and did as he was specifically ordered to by God; he did nothing by his own decision. If you are speaking and/or working for God without being specifically ordered in each word and action, you are essentially claiming that your own words and deeds are superior to what Jesus' might have been if he had made his own decisions about what to say and do.
Until your mind is renewed by repentance to purity with God's changing grace, your preachings and teachings come from the carnal mind, and the carnal mind is enmity against God. Rom 8:7. Until your mind has been changed, your words are without life, and speak from the nature of death. You can be a great public speaker receiving the praise of men, but so did the false prophets of old. Luke 6:26. Jesus told us that those preachers who did not speak words supplied by God, but rather spoke words from themselves, were seeking their own glory; whereas those who spoke words supplied by God, sought the glory of God. John 7:18
You must specifically sent:
And how will they preach, unless they are sent? Rom 10:15
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran, I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesy, but if they had stood in my counsel, and had my people to hear my words, then they sould have turned them from their evil way, and the evil of their doings. Jeremiah 23:21-22
The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, nor spoken to them. Jer 14:14
If you are not sent: you make him (your convert) twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. Mat 23:15
The ministers of Christendom are: not taught by the Lord's voice and light, not perfected by the Lord, not gifted with an authorized ministry, not sent by the Lord, and not speaking words from the Spirit of the Lord; rather they speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their vain opinions from the imagination of their evil hearts. These ministers of Satan's Babylon masquerade as ministers of righteousness, themselves fooled to believe they are ministers of Christ.
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