I Will Send You

 

 

The promise 

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

John 20:21,22, NASB 

 

The testimony 

“As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” We are to bear as definite a testimony to the truth as it is in Jesus, as did Christ and his apostles. Trusting in the efficiency of the Holy Spirit, we are to testify of the mercy, goodness, and love of a crucified and risen Saviour, and thus be agents through whom the darkness will be dispelled from many minds, and cause thanksgiving and praise to ascend from many hearts to God. There is a great work to be done by every son and daughter of God. Jesus says: “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” In his prayer for his disciples, he says that he not only prayed for those in his immediate presence, but “for them also which shall believe on me through their word.”... Christ has prayed for his people, and made them abundant promises to insure success to them as his co laborers. He said, “Greater works than these [those he did] shall ye do; because I go unto my Father.” 

Our Saviour has “all power...in heaven and in earth,” and this power is promised unto us. “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me...” Even though a church may be composed of poor and uneducated and unknown persons, yet if they are believing, praying members, their influence will be felt for time and for eternity. If they go forth in simple faith, relying upon the promises of the word of God, they may accomplish great good. If they let their light shine, Christ is glorified in them, and the interest of his kingdom are advanced. 

Seek a knowledge of God’s ways by wrestling earnestly with him in secret prayer, laying hold upon the promises of God by faith. Those who have received the heavenly unction will go forth with a Christlike spirit, seeking an opportunity to engage others in conversation, and to reveal to them the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ whom he has sent, whom to know is life eternal. They will become living epistles, revealing the Light of the world to mankind. 

The Lord Jesus has all power in heaven and in earth. If you will draw upon it, combining the strength of Heaven with your own, precious souls will be converted.

The Review and Herald, June 25, 1895 

 

The response 

Trust in the efficiency of the Holy Spirit as you testify of the mercy, goodness and love of a crucified and risen Savior.

Ensure success as a co-laborer with Christ through His abundant promises. Claim that you will receive the power of the Holy Spirit to be His witness. 

Believing and praying, go forth in simple faith relying on the promises of the word of God that the interest of His kingdom may be advanced. 

Wrestle earnestly with God in secret prayer for a knowledge of His ways. Lay hold on the promises to become a living epistle revealing the Light of the world. 

 

 

 

 

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