Jesus’ Assignment

Submitted by Grenville Phillips II,

Jesus had an important assignment from His Father.  That was to train a set of people to train others.  Jesus described this assignment when He was speaking with His Father.  We are privileged to read the intimate conversation in John 17.  It starts with Jesus’ request to return to His former place.

Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.” (v.1-2)

Jesus then explained how eternal life was to be obtained.

 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (V.3)

Jesus then reported that He had finished His assignment.

“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”  (v.4-5)

Note that this assignment was finished BEFORE He was crucified for all of humanity.  What was this work that God gave Him to do?  We do not need to speculate.  Jesus explained it Himself.

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.”  (V.6-8)

To ensure that this assignment would be sustained, Jesus would later instruct his followers exactly what they should do.  They were to train others (make disciples).  He also instructed them on the training manual, namely Jesus’ own commandments – which He had received from His Father.  Hear Jesus.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

If we want to follow Jesus, then we should submit to the discipline of Jesus’ training, while we cultivate a relationship with “the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”.

Be encouraged on your training journey, and please do not be distracted by those who choose not to grow.

 

35 comments

  • Another Jesus moment

    Boringgggggg

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  • Grenville when are u going to put on your whole armour and get out into the trenches the way jesus did and walk and talk among the crowd and listen and hear they concern
    U might be able to reach a couple thousand even if u do not have the power to feed five thousand
    Your lazy man approach through a process of smart technology would get u no where
    Yes again these “jesus messages have reached their shelf life

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  • BEFORE THE SAVIOR SUFFERED IN GETHSEMANE, HE OFFERED HIS GREAT INTERCESSORY PRAYER. HE PRAYED THAT HIS DISCIPLES AND ALL WHO FOLLOW HIM WOULD COME TO KNOW HEAVENLY FATHER AND OBTAIN ETERNAL LIFE, AND HE PRAYED THAT THEY MIGHT BE ONE WITH HIM AND HIS FATHER.

    The Savior taught about the importance of coming to know Heavenly Father and Him. At some point between the time when the Savior and His disciples had eaten the Last Supper and when they entered the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus offered a prayer that is traditionally known as the Intercessory Prayer. One meaning of the word intercede is to speak to someone in behalf of another person. In this case, JESUS CHRIST SPOKE TO HEAVENLY FATHER IN BEHALF OF HIS DISCIPLES, PLEADING THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE.

    John 17:3 How did the Savior describe eternal life? “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (V.3)

    Based on verse 3 TO RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE, WE MUST COME TO KNOW HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.

    It is one thing to know about God and another to know him. We know about him when we learn that he is a personal being in whose image man is created; when we learn that the Son is in the express image of his Father’s person; when we learn that both the Father and the Son possess certain specified attributes and powers. But we know them, in the sense of gaining eternal life, when we enjoy and experience the same things they do. Those who know God become like him, and experience the kind of life, which is eternal life. Remember he said Mathew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” He gives no commandment unless he provides a way whereby we may accomplish what He ask of us!

    To know the Father and the Son we must have a correct understanding of Them. Many people believe that God and the Godhead are incomprehensible, but this is a false doctrine.

    The greatest truth known to man is that there is a God in heaven who is infinite and eternal; that he is the creator, upholder, and preserver of all things; that he created us and the heavens and ordained and established a plan of salvation whereby we might advance and progress and become like him. We believe and obey his laws that we may become Joint Heirs with him and Enjoy Life Eternal an Inheritance that he has Promised. Now that is the greatest truth and the most glorious concept known to the human mind”

    John 17:6–8 What had the disciples done to come to know the Savior?

    8 For I have given unto them the WORDS which thou gavest me; and they have RECEIVED THEM, and have KNOWN SURELY that I came out from thee, and they have BELIEVED that thou didst send me.

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  • WAYS WE CAN COME TO KNOW THE FATHER AND THE SON… And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”…

    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

    1 John 5:3
    For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

    John 6:44
    No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

    John 6:53-56
    Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

    John 14:15
    “If you love Me, keep My commandments.

    John 15:4-5
    Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

    John 15:13
    Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

    John 17:23
    I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

    Romans 10:17
    So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    Hebrews 2:1
    Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

    Hebrews 2:3
    How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

    Hebrews 13:5
    Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    2 Peter 1:3
    As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

    Philippians 2:12-13
    Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR AND TREMBLING; FOR IT IS GOD WHO WORKS IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO FOR HIS GOOD PLEASURE.

    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Galatians 6:8
    For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

    Ephesians 3:17
    that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

    Revelation 3:20
    Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    The Gospel of St. Matthew. The best of the four.”Go and make disciples of all nations…..”

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  • Mariposa:

    We are in the political trenches weekly. This forum is only one small aspect of our political outreach. However, the Monday Sermon’s are different. They are written to present what Jesus said, and have nothing to do with politics.

    I am partly to blame for that misunderstanding since at the bottom, I am identified with Solutions Barbados. I will ensure that future Monday Sermons do not identify me that way. Apologies to the BU community for that oversight. If David can correct it on this one, it would be appreciated.

    This is a space, away from politics, where people can be encouraged in their growth if they want to. Otherwise, they can simply scroll on by.

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  • Why did Jesus come to earth? It is a most crucial question, for a wrong answer here could lead us to some awful problems

    • If he came to teach morals – then we will think his life was about ethics.
    • If he came to fix the environment – then his life was about trees and plants.
    • If he came to model manners and nice living – then we will place our bibles beside the December issue of Martha Stewart Living!

    A wrong understanding of why Jesus came will take us in all sorts of wrong directions! It is crucial we know why God came to earth. So, let us listen to His own words (as an adult) explaining why it was He came.

    Jesus and Zacchaeus – Luke 19
    19:1He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

    Now, here is a most remarkable story! Zacchaeus, as far as we know, had never heard, seen or spoken to this man Jesus before this day – yet, in the space of a few minutes, his entire life was turned upside down! From a lying, deceptive cheat, Zacchaeus was transformed into a new creature – full of love and mercy and kindness that proved itself by his giving away the wealth that he had always lived for. Zacchaeus had been saved! He had been brought from darkness to light – death to life! He had become a Christian – and Jesus sums up this event with these powerful words: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

    Here, in a nutshell, is the one great purpose of Jesus coming to earth. And it is echoed throughout the New Testament in different ways and with different words – but all with the same meaning and thought. Why did Jesus come? Jesus came to save sinners!

    nb For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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  • Jesus’ meeting with Zacchaeus was not the only time he told men why he came to earth and two other occasions deserve a closer look. Once, when addressing some sins in the lives of His own followers, Jesus told his disciples that they should model their life’s purpose after His.

    Matthew 20
    25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

    Another time, while calling men to repent of their sins and believe on Him for eternal life, Jesus again made clear why it was He came to earth.

    John 12
    44 And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment–what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”

    nb the Son of Man came………..to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    nb I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness

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  • Similarly, those who wrote of Christ after His death and resurrection understood this mission and they echoed it in their letters.

    Listen to Paul in Galatians 4…
    3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles [2] of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

    Or the Apostle John in 1 John 5
    20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

    Or, Paul again as he writes to Timothy (1 Timothy 1)
    15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen

    1 Timothy 2
    3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

    So here is the one great purpose of Jesus Christ – the reason for the season – to seek and to save the Lost!

    nb God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons

    nb the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true
    nb Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners
    nb Jesus,…….gave himself as a ransom for all,

    NB 0 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

    11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

    WHENEVER YOU ARE PRESENTED WITH ANY ONE SEEKING TO TEACH YOU BIBLE ALWAYS DO LIKE THE SAINTS AT BEREA ALWAYS SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES TO SEE WHETHER THE THINGS THEY TELL YOU ARE SO

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  • @ nextparty246:
    “If we want to follow Jesus, then we should submit to the discipline of Jesus’ training, while we cultivate a relationship with “the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If you are so evangelically hell-bent on following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ why not go further than just preaching from the BU bullying pulpit to the already Christianity-converted and carry the word of the Lord God Jesus directly to those in most need?

    Why not take your bible and bullhorn to places like Kensington New Road on a Friday or Saturday evening; just after sunset or on days of celebration like Ramadan and Eid al fitr and blow your trumpet of salvation along the single path to paradise only through your Jew man Jesus.

    By this simple and practical act in keeping with your ISO 9001 standard of following Jesus we are sure you would earn more reward points to enter the kingdom of God through the eye of a needle than those given to Job or even the opportunistic thief on the cross.

    Yes GP No.2, here is a challenge to you to prove Piece de legend wrong in his perspicuous assessment of the sleeping dictator of the one-man party called “SB”.

    Let’s see you start this movement of Pauline conversion by going right into the house of the infidels to spread the only Word of the only God and the rest of the BU pack would follow including the same Piece and his growing sidekick Dr. GP.

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  • Rather than tell you why I think Jesus came, I’m just going to let Jesus speak for Himself. Moreover, these words are right off the lips of Jesus.

    Contrary to popular belief, Jesus didn’t come to restore social justice or world peace. He didn’t come merely to heal the sick or clothe the naked. He didn’t even come simply to give us a good example for how to live morally upright lives.

    He came for a different purpose.

    So, why did Jesus come? I want to give you three reasons why Jesus was born in Bethlehem around 2000 years ago.

    Jesus Came to Give His Life as a Ransom for Many

    For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)

    This passage cuts to the heart of why Jesus had to come. He came to give His very life to save ours. He was born into the world so that He could die for the world. Paul says it this way, “But when the fullness of time had come [that’s Christmas], God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal. 4:4-5).

    Jesus redeems us. He pays our debt. But how does Jesus redeem us? He pays with His life. Our text says that Jesus came—that’s Christmas—to give His life as a ransom—that’s Easter. The payment demanded was His sinless life. And that ransom price was impossible for you and me to pay.

    Jesus Came to Call Sinners to Repentance

    Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

    NB the Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
    NB Jesus Came to Call Sinners to Repentance (Luke 5:31-32)
    NB Jesus Came to Give Eternal Life (John 3:16)

    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

    esus came to give eternal life to whoever believes in Jesus. Eternal life doesn’t come automatically. You don’t get eternal life like you get hair. It only comes once you put your trust in Jesus. You have to believe in Him.

    It’s natural to ask, what happens if I choose not to believe in him? Jesus doesn’t leave us hanging, He says, “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:18).

    What does Jesus mean by condemned already? The bad news is that we are all sinners and the wages of sin is death. God is an absolutely holy and just Being. He cannot allow sins to go unpunished. In fact, it would be unjust for God to allow sinners off scot-free.

    There are two options: Either you can pay for your sins yourself or you can trust in Jesus’ death for the payment of your sins. Reject God’s offer of salvation and you will endure eternal punishment. Accept God’s offer, and you will have eternal life (Matt. 25:46). It’s your choice. But, please know, there is no third option.

    So why did Jesus come? Jesus tells us. He came to give His life as a ransom for sinners. He came to call those sinners to repentance. And Jesus came to give eternal life to anyone who would believe in Him.

    This Christmas season, meditate on these precious theological truths AND REALIZE THAT THIS WAS JESUS’ ASSIGNMENT .

    TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE WORD FOR YOUR SELF DONT DEPEND ON NOVICES TO TEACH YOU

    DO LIKE THE BEREANS AND CHECK TO SEE IF THESE THINGS ARE SO

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  • JESUS’ ASSIGNMENT ONE MORE TIME

    THIS IS A MOST COMPREHENSIVE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF JESUS’ ASSIGNMENT AS PRESENTED IN THE SCRIPTURES

    31 Reasons Why Christ Came (with Bible Verses)
    Why Jesus Came His Purpose on Earth Christmas Bible VersesGod had many reasons to send His Son to earth in human flesh and shares many of those reasons with us in the Scriptures.

    Here are 31 Reasons Why Christ Came:

    To Do the Will of the Father
    “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38
    “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” Hebrews 10:7
    To Save Sinners
    “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” 1 Timothy 1:15
    “for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” Hebrews 9:26
    To Bring Light to a Dark World
    “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” John 12:46

    “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” John 15:22

    To Be Made Like His People
    “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroythe one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect,so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:14-17
    To Bear Witness to the Truth
    “Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”” John 18:37
    To Destroy the Devil and His Works
    “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroythe one who has the power of death, that is, the devil…” Hebrews 2:14

    “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

    To Give Eternal Life
    “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” John 6:51
    To Receive Worship
    “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:1-2
    To Bring Great Joy
    “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10
    To Demonstrate True Humility
    “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8
    To Preach the Gospel
    ““The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor…but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”” Luke 4:18-19 cf. Isaiah 61:1-2
    To Bring Judgment
    “Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt;but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.” John 9:39-41
    To Give His Life a Ransom for Many
    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

    “…waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.” Titus 2:13-14

    To Fulfill the Law and Prophets
    “For truly, I say to you, suntil heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” Matthew 5:17
    To Reveal God’s Love for Sinners
    ““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
    To Call Sinners to Repentance
    “And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17
    To Die
    “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” John 12:24-27
    To Seek and Save the Lost
    “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,“Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:5
    To Serve
    “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
    To Bring Peace
    “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:14-18
    To Bring a Sword
    ““Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
    To Bind Up Broken Hearts
    “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3
    To Give Us the Spirit of Adoption
    “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17

    “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”” Galatians 4:6

    To Make Us Partakers of the Divine Nature
    “…by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature,having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:4
    To Reign as King
    “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah 9:6-7
    To Restore Human Nature to Holiness
    “And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
    To Be a Merciful and Faithful High Priest
    “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:17-18
    To Be the Second and Greater Adam
    “Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.” Romans 5:14-15
    To Satisfy Our Deepest Thirst
    “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”” John 4:13-14
    To Be Loved by God’s Children
    “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.” John 8:42
    To Reveal God’s Glory
    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

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  • GP:

    Yes. Jesus came to save sinners. However, that was not his only purpose, as is evident from Jesus’ interaction with His Father.

    If He was to only save sinners, then he could have been sacrificed at 12 years, or 20. But he had not yet “finished the work” which God gave Him to do. He had not yet trained disciples to make disciples.

    Both of these things are critically important, and neither should be discounted.

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  • MR PHILIPPS

    GO AND STICK TO TALKS ON ROOF

    IF I WANT TO DISCUSS BIBLE, I WOULD NOT LISTEN TO YOU

    I WOULD READ SOMETHING WRITTEN BY A BIBLE SCHOLAR OF NOTE ——-NOT A BIBLE NOVICE

    here is an example

    The prayer recorded in John 17 is the longest recorded prayer of our Lord in the New Testament. It is found only in the Gospel of John. It is summarized by John G. Mitchell thus in this chart:

    A Brief Overview of John 17
    Verses Persons Key Word

    1-5 Christ and His Father “Glory”

    6-19 Christ and His Disciples “Kept”

    20-26 Christ and His Church “One”

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  • @ December 2, 2019 11:46 AM
    i gave a MOST COMPREHENSIVE BIBLICAL ACCOUNT OF JESUS’ ASSIGNMENT AS PRESENTED IN THE SCRIPTURES

    not flimsy random wishy washy chatter
    John chapter 17 is easily divided into three primary sections

    Concerns Related to Jesus (vv.1-12)
    Concerns Related to the Disciples (vv. 13-21)
    Concerns Related to the Future (vv. 22-26)

    outlines are very important to me ——–not random wishy washy chatter

    we will get on to his prayer later

    I. V. 1-26 HIS PRAYER HAD AN UPWARD FOCUS
    A. V. 1, 4 The Father’s Glory –
    B. V. 6, 26 The Father’s Gift –
    C. V. 6, 8-12, 22, 26 The Father’s Grace –

    II. V. 1-5 HIS PRAYER HAD AN INWARD FOCUS
    (In these verses, Jesus turns the focus of His prayer inward and prays for the mission to which He has been called. He prays about His work!)
    A. V. 1 He Prayed For Assistance –
    B. V. 2-4 He Prayed About His Accomplishment –
    C. V. 5 He Prayed About His Assurance –

    III. V. 6-19 HIS PRAYER HAD AN OUTWARD FOCUS
    (Now, Jesus turns His focus outward and prays for those men who have given Him their hearts and lives; His Disciples. In this prayer, we can find some nuggets of truth that will help us as well.)
    A. V. 6-11 He Prayed For Their Preservation –
    B. V. 12-15 He Prayed For Their Protection –
    C. V. 16-19 He Prayed For Their Purity –

    I. His Prayer Had An Upward Focus
    II. His Prayer Had An Inward Focus
    III. His Prayer Had An Outward Focus

    IV. V. 20-26 HIS PRAYER HAD AN ONWARD FOCUS
    (Finally, Jesus turns His attention to those who would receive Him down through the ages. Think of it, on the eve of the crucifixion, with the weight of the world’s sins beginning to press down upon His shoulders, Jesus took time to pray for you and me! I don’t know about you, but that thrills my heart!)
    A. V. 21-23 He Prayed For Our Harmony –
    B. V. 24 He Prayed For Our Homegoing – I
    C. V. 25-26 He Prayed For Our Hearts –

    thats a good outline of the passage and the prayer!

    see if you can learn something here

    also go read 2 timothy 2:2 and see if you can learn anything about discipleship and discipline

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  • Next party246

    You say u go in the trenches .it would be nice if you post a couple pictures of being engaged with the people you met
    Even more of importance a video recording of what these people have to say about the economy and any other input they might have to give

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  • Can anyone tell what is the greek meaning for the word Zealot
    Uh meaning u give a man an inch and the fool takes an L

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  • Small minds attack people. Better minds settle on ideas.

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  • David and what is your point
    Better yet what are your ideas for pushing the economy forward instead of backwards
    BTW have you read that Ram going take the govt to the CCJ which would be of cost to the tax payers

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  • Steupse! This is supposed to make somebody grow???????

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  • This is a couple/few times GP2 say that they are in the trenches weekly yet there is absolutely no evidence of such.

    Which trench/es was SB in last week and who can verify?

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  • fillipps understanding of the Word seems to be lacking
    not only has he not gone into the political trenches but he like he just started reading the Bible too!

    RE If we want to follow Jesus, then we should submit to the discipline of Jesus’ training, while we cultivate a relationship with “the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent”.

    If we want to follow Jesus, then we should do as those who were taught directly by Jesus taught the very earliest members of the church to do as recorded in Acts 2 41-42Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
    42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

    Re Be encouraged on your training journey, and please do not be distracted by those who choose not to grow.
    It seems that the early church were well trained according to Acts 2 when you read the commendation that Paul gave a group of at least 31 believers in Romans 16.

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  • Re Jesus had an important assignment from His Father. That was to train a set of people to train others. Jesus described this assignment when He was speaking with His Father. We are privileged to read the intimate conversation in John 17. It starts with Jesus’ request to return to His former place.

    Yesterday we outlined John 17 and demonstrated that Jesus DID NOT describe ANY assignment THEREIN.

    MOREOVER WE TOOK PAINS TO ITEMIZE THE SEVERAL PASSAGES IN SCRIPTURE THAT CLEARLY EXPLAINS WHAT JESUS’ PURPOSE AND ASSIGNMENTS ON EARTH WERE

    WE DIDN’T GIVE AN OPINION. WE GAVE THE SCRIPTURES AS TAUGHT IN OUR BIBLE TRAINING……….TO USE FILLUPS FAVOURITE WORD

    RE Jesus then explained how eternal life was to be obtained.

    “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (V.3)

    FILLUPS THAT VERSE DESCRIBES WHAT ETERNAL LIFE IS………….IT DOES NOT SAY HOW IT IS OBTAINED

    PLEASE KINDLY LOOK THAT UP IN THE TRAINING MANUAL THAT YOU SAID THAT YOU RECEIVED
    YOU ARE AN APOSTATE AND FALSE TEACHER AND A CASE OF THE BLIND SEEKING TO LEAD THE BLIND

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  • GP:

    Jesus directed His followers to obey His instructions as clearly detailed in Matthew 5 to 7.

    You seem to think otherwise – in defiance of what Jesus specifically taught.

    Time to wise-up before it is too late.

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  • FILLUPS

    YOU NEED TO GET A PROPER UNDERSTANDING OF MATHEW AND THE NT
    WHAT IS VERY CLEAR IS THAT JESUS ALSO GAVE INSTRUCTION IN MARK LUKE JOHN AND IN ACTS CHAPTER ONE DID JESUS direct His followers to obey His instructions IN MARK LUKE JOHN AND IN ACTS CHAPTER ONE ALSO

    AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE YOU CAN NOT TEACH ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE BIBLE–YOU ARE A NOVICE

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  • DUMBVILLE FILLUPS

    YOU SAID THAT JESUS HAD FINISHED THE WORK HE WAS GIVEN TO DO IN JOHN 17. THEN YOU SAY To ensure that this assignment would be sustained, Jesus would later instruct his followers exactly what they should do. They were to train others (make disciples). He also instructed them on the training manual, namely Jesus’ own commandments – which He had received from His Father. Hear Jesus.

    WHEN DID HE “LATER” instruct his followers exactly what they should do
    PLEASE GIVE THE SCRIPTURES WHERE THIS INSTRUCTION IS GIVEN

    PLEASE ALSO GIVE THE SCRIPTURES WHERE He also instructed them on the training manual ACCORDING TO YOUR TIMELINE

    YOU ARE A SERIOUS WRESTER OF THE SCRIPTURES
    EDUCATE US OF WHEN THIS TRAINING WAS GIVEN AND WHERE AFTER JOHN CHAPTER 17

    COME AMUSE ME MAN
    ENTERTAIN ME MAN

    I WAS TAUGHT TO SUPPORT MY VIEWS BY SCRIPTURE
    THAT IS WHERE WUNNAH AND ME CANT AGREE
    CAUSE WUNNAH DOES COME WITH WUNNAH THEORIES BUT WUNNAH CANT BRING ANY SCRIPTURES TO SUPPORT YOUR MORONIC MOUTHINGS

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  • This is the final warning to you GP.

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  • GP:

    I already quoted the scriptures in the original article, together with the scripture references, in the event that you think that I may have misquoted them.

    For your convenience.

    Jesus told His Father that He has finished the work God gave Him to do, before He was crucified.
    He described this work as training His disciples in John 17:6-8.

    After Jesus was crucified and resurrected, He instructed His disciples to make other disciples. He also instructed them to teach others what He had commanded them in Matthew 28:18-20.

    In none of Jesus’ commandments in Matthew 5-7 does He expect us to grow by hearing only. Jesus taught that thoes who heard and did were wise and stable. He also taught that those who only heard were foolish and unstable. Hear Jesus.

    “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:26-27)

    Jesus told His disciples: “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15). He also said: “He who does not love Me does not keep My words”. (John 14:24a).

    The choice is ours. We can focus on learning and obeying Jesus’ commandments, or we can focus on only studying Jesus’ commandments. I have simply chosen the former.

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  • @ nextparty246 December 4, 2019 3:43 PM
    “The choice is ours. We can focus on learning and obeying Jesus’ commandments, or we can focus on only studying Jesus’ commandments. I have simply chosen the former.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No you have NOT! You are nothing but a paper-based pseudo follower of Jesus; aka in Bajan parlance a big ‘moutha’ Christian.

    If you were a true believer you would have been 100 % ISO 9001 compliant with the commandments of Jesus by taking some of the load off the shoulders of Kemar Saffrey and invite some of those homeless in the City to your palatial mansion in the suburbs; even if only for the current season of goodwill towards all men and women.

    That is what Jesus expects you to do.Your assignment!

    Why not read Luke 16:19-31 and see what the same Jesus has to say to people of your material standing?

    So why not “let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”?

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  • MILLER

    THIS MAN HAS DECIDED THAT ONLY WHAT HE THINKS FITS INTO HIS VIEW OF “JESUS’ TRAINING MANUAL” ARE RELEVANT

    HE CAN NOT TELL US WHICH SCRIPTURES FIT INTO JESUS’ TRAINING MANUAL
    OR WHERE THIS TRAINING MANUAL CAN BE OBTAINED

    HE THINKS THAT JESUS WORDS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS WORTH OR WORKS AND HIS WORK ON THE CROSS. HE IGNORES THE LENGTHY LIST OF REASONS WHY JESUS CAME TO EARTH, ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES. TO HIM TRAINING DISCIPLES IS MORE IMPORTANT TO HIM THAN JESUS GIVING HIS LIFEAS A RANSOM FOR SINNERS

    HE IS ALLOWED TO JUDGE PEOPLE ON BU AND CALL THEM FALSE TEACHER AND APOSTATE AND DETERMINE THAT THEY DONT FOLLOW JESUS COMMANDMENTS

    BUT HE HAS OBVIOUSLY NOT READ JOHN 7:24 OR UNDERSTOOD IT……………SEEMS TO ME THAT IS A KEY POINT IN JESUS’ TEACHINGS

    HE HAS BEEN PRAISED AS AN AUTHOR OF MANY BOOKS AND TO BE KNOWLEDGEABLE IN MANY THINGS AND TO BE THUS PROFICIENT IN BIBLE WHEREAS THE RESULT OF MY STUDIES ARE JUST “PAPER TROPHIES”

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  • GP:

    You claimed that I have not explained where Jesus commandments can be found. I have repeatedly stated that Jesus explicitly gave them in Matthew 5 to 7, and explicitly stated that they were to be followed. Do you want something more than this?

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  • Miller:

    The following may be relevant to your intervention. Jesus spoke to a person who wanted to “do” something to have eternal life. Hear him.

    “Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16)

    Jesus told him to keep the commandments. But he was not satisfied with that answer. Hear him.

    “The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”

    “Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Matthew 19:20-21)

    Eternal life is a gift that cannot be earned. We do not obey Jesus’ commandments to earn a place in heaven. That is a free gift that we simply receive – if we want to. Unfortunately, we can be deceived into rejecting that wonderful gift.

    After that, we can either follow Jesus and be trained for responsibilities, or not. If we choose not to follow Jesus’ instructions for growth, then you may be in heaven, but perhaps not doing much. Hear Jesus.

    “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19a)

    Please note that I do not broadcast what I do.

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  • RE You claimed that I have not explained where Jesus commandments can be found. I have repeatedly stated that Jesus explicitly gave them in Matthew 5 to 7, and explicitly stated that they were to be followed. Do you want something more than this?

    HAVE YOU EVER STUDIED THE UPPER ROOM DISCOURSE OR THE OLIVET DISCOURSE?

    HAVE YOU EVER GOT PASS MATHEW CHAPTER 7?

    I DONT TEACH SUNDAY SCHOOL MAN

    HERE IS A MAN FROM WHOM YOU CAN LEARN MUCH…….I CERTAINLY DID

    https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/thru-the-bible-with-j-vernon-mcgee/custom-player/

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  • @ nextparty246 December 5, 2019 1:15 PM
    “Please note that I do not broadcast what I do.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Does that expression of Matthew-inspired modesty also apply to your ‘well-bent’ (strictly speaking from a structural engineering angle, of course) lines of Public Relations exercises through your Walbrent College mouthpiece?

    But we must go along with you that, by keeping your acts of charity behind closed doors, you are strictly following a well recommended commandment of Jesus.

    “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.”

    What we want to see from you are not only words of assurance but your light shining before men; not to see you actual works of charity but evidence you are prepared to demonstrate a genuine Christian commitment to your fellow men (and women) who have found themselves in conditions like the eponymous Lazarus or the allegorical victim of a violent robbery who received assistance from the Good Samaritan.

    Let us see you shine your light, not from the ‘big-able’ mansion on the hill which ‘moths and vermin will soon destroy’ but in your mixing and mingling, in true Christ-like brotherhood, with those at the coalface of suffering and in genuine need of your Samaritan-like assistance.

    Why not join Kemar Saffrey in his Herculean task or even form your own ‘private’ charity to rival and even out-perform Saffrey’s in mitigating the fast increasing socio-economic ravages arising from the IMF-inspired austerity measures?

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