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MATTHEW CHAPTERS 9 & 10

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1-13 Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. 2 And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, "Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven." 3 And some of the scribes said to themselves, "This fellow blasphemes." 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? 5 "Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, and walk '? 6 "But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins "-then He said to the paralytic, "Get up, pick up your bed and go home." 7 And he got up and went home. 8 But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men. 9 As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him. 10 Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" 12 But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13 "But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

 

Mat 9,1-8

(59b) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Your sins are forgiven / You are healed – Jesus attracted large crowds both from his speaking ability and from His signs and wonders, and He had performed miracles before this occurrence, and now the Pharisees were calling Him a blasphemer because He claimed to forgive sins. Mk 2-7 records the Pharisees rightly saying, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” If an ordinary man could forgive sin, that would mean man’s sin was not actually against God, but because only God can forgive sin, it proves that sin is aimed directly against God, for the only person who can forgive the offender is the offended. So the Scribes had a good point; they knew that only God could forgive sin, but what they didn’t know is that Jesus was God in human flesh. Jesus called it evil what they were thinking, even though they were theologically correct on one point, but their evil was the unwillingness to acknowledge Jesus as God, their long awaited Messiah. He was saying that these men had enough evidence to know that this was true, especially after He sent the paralytic home on his feet, and He had previously done things that only God could do.

Mat 9-1,2

(88d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> The function of works in faith >> Faith doesn’t move God until it is manifested in the natural realm

Mat 9,2-8

(145e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Pursuing the healing power of God

Mat 9,4-7

(12n) Servant >> Jesus serves mankind >> Jesus is the son of man – Jesus didn’t say the Son of God had authority to forgive sins; He said the son of man had that authority; there is a difference. What did Jesus mean by the “son of man”? It means that Jesus is younger and smaller than anyone else: man, woman or child, small in the sense that He humbled Himself as the servant of man. When we add the fact that Jesus descended from the heights of heaven to dwell among us, we see that He infinitely humbled Himself, making Him infinitely smaller than anyone else. Jesus though a grown man was innocent as a baby. Just as newborn babies are incapable of good and evil, so Jesus could forgive sin because He was completely innocent. He was the only adult who was without sin; no other person can claim this. Since Jesus obeyed His Father as He “sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law” (Gal 4-4), the Father accepted Him and give Him authority to forgive sin. The Son of God came as the son of man and accomplished the work that His Father had given Him to do, proving He had the authority to forgive sin by healing this paralytic. Nobody could argue with His ability to forgive sin, which pre-empted the cross. Nobody could say, ‘Jesus, you’re wrong,’ because there walked the paralytic in perfect health.

Mat 9,4-6

(62j) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Let the Holy Spirit vindicate you

Mat 9-4

(68l) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging between truth and error >> Perceiving false reasoning – This is the story of healing the paralytic (also told in Mk 2,1-13). The Pharisees were accusing Jesus of blasphemy among themselves after He told the paralytic that his sins were forgiven, and though Jesus didn’t hear their conversation, He discerned their thoughts and said to them that they were thinking evil in their hearts. To declare sins forgiven would in fact have been blasphemy had it been anyone else, so in that sense they were right in their understanding of Scripture, but they were wrong in their estimation of Jesus. In the account of the book of Mark they said, “Only God can forgive sins,” which again is true. So, if they were right in their thinking, then why did Jesus accuse them of thinking evil in their hearts? There is a recurring concept throughout the New Testament, Jesus numerous times pointing out the fact that the Jews should have known His true identity. This is why He told them their hearts were evil: they should have known Jesus was the Son of God. Their willful ignorance refused to believe they were in the presence of God in human flesh, the expected One for whom their nation hoped for centuries, even the God that Moses worshipped. Mankind did not deserve a visitation from God like this, yet He came and they refused to recognize Him and Jesus called them evil for it.

Mat 9-9

(215l) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The disciples immediately followed Jesus – Of Jesus’ disciples, He did not have one who did not immediately follow Jesus the moment they were called; that is His standard and expectation of discipleship for all of us. If a preacher came to town and preached a gospel message and commanded everybody to get saved, and invited everybody to come to the altar and give their hearts to Jesus, they could sit in their seats and think about it as long as they wanted without offending God, but if we hear the Holy Spirit inviting us to follow Him, we had better get up immediately and follow Him, or the moment will pass, and the wind will blow elsewhere. Jesus said in Lk 14-33, “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” He didn’t say anybody can be my disciple; He said “none of you,” meaning the default is that we are not His disciples, so when God calls us we should feel privileged, for only few are being saved (Lk 13,23-29). Far more people are going to hell than will make it to heaven, and part of the reason is that people don’t answer the call as Matthew did. No doubt God prepared Matthew’s heart to follow Jesus before He came, and no doubt Matthew had met Jesus prior to His invitation, and he had probably been thinking about Jesus ever since his first encounter with Him, so when the time came, Matthew left everything and immediately followed Jesus. He was in the tax collector’s booth and abandoned it.

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Mat 9,10-13

(207la) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> God is kind to sinners >> He calls sinners to repentance

Mat 9-13

(123f) Thy Kingdom Come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Compassion >> Compassion is greater than sacrifice

(235c) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Tithing >> Be faithful in your tithes >> Unfaithfulness nullifies your tithe – We know our tithe is a form of sacrifice; God desires compassion over our tithe, meaning that if we don’t live and walk with a heart of compassion, our lack in this area will nullify our tithe. That is, He doesn’t consider our sacrifices meaningful apart from love. Man may have received the sacrifices we have made, and maybe they have done some good, but God did not receive them, and in the judgment of the believer, God will not remember to reward the man who prioritized sacrifices above compassion. We give in hope of a return, not to get our money back, but that we would receive spiritual blessings from the Lord for our commitment and investment into His kingdom, but if we do not walk in love, he will disregard our tithes and offerings. We must be well-rounded Christians, faithful in all things, not just in one or two areas. We must do the whole will of God in order to receive a full reward, including the blessing of His presence in our lives, so we are lacking in no good thing.

(249a) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> Spirit over the law -- You make sacrifices with your flesh, but exercise compassion with your heart. For example, take people working together in a hunger relief program for the poor, some are walking in the spirit and others are not. Those who do not walk in love consider their efforts a sacrifice of their time, while the others are practicing compassion. Those sacrificing their time are doing it out of duty, while others concerned about their fellow man do it from love. Therefore, compassion is greater than sacrifice just as the Spirit is greater than the law.

 

14-22 Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 "But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. 17 "Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved." 18 While He was saying these things to them, a synagogue official came and bowed down before Him, and said, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay Your hand on her, and she will live." 19 Jesus got up and began to follow him, and so did His disciples. 20 And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, "If I only touch His garment, I will get well." 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, "Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well." At once the woman was made well.

 

Mat 9-14,15

(189i) Fasting (Key verse)

(189k) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Fasting >> Fasting is a state of mourning

Mat 9-16,17

(132k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Holy Spirit is in the hearts of men -- The wine is the Holy Spirit and the wine skins are the hearts of people. 

(185a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Operating His grace through religion -- God is not willing to place His anointing upon those who will try to operate it through their religion, which is all they know, and end up hurting people with it. Instead, God would rather place His treasured anointing upon those whom He has had the opportunity to train Himself, who have not been influenced so much by the various religions of the world, but by the word of God, prayer and a relationship with Jesus Christ.

(222e) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> If you are unfaithful, God won’t bother with you -- Many people have a grasp on the Scriptures, but cannot seem to get over certain sins that keep dragging them down the wrong path. With them God is unwilling to disclose His precious anointing until they are able to straighten out their hearts and dispose of their hang-ups. God will not disclose until they dispose. 

Mat 9-17

(110ja) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit of revelation >> Revelation of the truth >> Revelation of the true Church -- God does not place His anointing on religious or unfaithful people any more than He reveals His true doctrines to churches holding to bad theology. This means whenever there is a revival, there is also an alteration of doctrine, in order that He might place His anointing on the new, heavenly teaching that has not yet been marred by man's religion. Look at Martin Luther for example. First came the alteration of his new doctrine of grace through faith, then came one of the greatest revivals to ever hit this world. God cannot anoint religious deception and ignorance, He only anoints the truth.

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Mat 9,20-22

(110b) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Word of knowledge >> knowing the mind of Christ -- Jesus represents the Holy Spirit along with the truth the woman believed about Him, that if she only touched the fringe of His cloak she would be made well. Based on these two things: the availability of the Spirit while walking in the truth, the woman got what she needed from God. These two components must exist whenever God works in a person's life. The Spirit and the Word can be combined in a myriad different ways necessary for a visitation from God, except in rare cases where God works solely by His own grace. This occurs at the beginning of a new dispensation, for example, when the angels visited the shepherds to announce the arrival of the world's Christ. In most cases, though, He requires some kind of involved response from us to ensure we are not mere spectators, but active participants of His grace; case in point, the shepherds came to where Jesus lay.

(144k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Methods of healing >> Healed by touching Jesus

Mat 9-22

(226k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Rewarded for believing in God -- This verse goes with verse 29

Mat 9,23-26

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead -- Raising the dead was seen by Jesus' onlookers as one of the greatest miracles that He performed, probably because we don't know anything about death. It will forever remain a mystery among mortals, and has always been mystifying and fearful to us. However, the miracle of raising the dead was no more taxing on Christ than passing the potatoes at the dinner table. He merely uttered a few words and it was done, no long ceremony, no loss of blood. It was anticlimactic, but all of Jesus' miracles were, for if they got their due respect or attention, no fireworks show in the world could do it justice. 

 

23-29 When Jesus came into the official's house, and saw the flute-players and the crowd in noisy disorder, 24 He said, "Leave; for the girl has not died, but is asleep." And they began laughing at Him. 25 But when the crowd had been sent out, He entered and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. 26 This news spread throughout all that land. 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 28 When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, "It shall be done to you according to your faith." 

 

Mat 9-23,24

(107b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Jesus’ words create faith – The flute players were professional mourners, and others were neighbors, friends and relatives of the family. Jesus would not perform the miracle in front of them, because they did not believe. Why was faith so important to Jesus before He would let them witness the miracle firsthand? At the onset of His ministry, before He started preaching the gospel and performing miracles, there was no reason for the people to believe in Him, but after He had preached the gospel for a time, He created faith in the people, and then began performing signs and wonders among them. Jesus had performed many miracles before this, so the people had reason to believe in Him, but they didn’t, so they were not allowed to witness the works of God.

(198j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Frustrating the grace of God >> Frustrating Jesus through unbelief – Not only was Jesus unwilling to have unbelievers in the room with Him, He couldn’t have performed the miracle with them present, because unbelief has the negative power stifling the work of God. Mat 13-58 it says, “He did not do many miracles there [in His hometown] because of their unbelief.” How much more does unbelief stifle our ministry, both our own unbelief and the unbelief of others? We need to understand the nature of unbelief, and the way to comprehend unbelief is to understand faith, its opposite. Unbelief has the power to smother the work of God in that God works exclusively through faith, but why can’t God work through faith in the presence of unbelief? The principle: “Do not give what is holy to dogs” (Mat 7-6) is partially responsible, implying that unbelievers are not worthy to witness miracles, but the reason goes deeper than that. It has to do with the nature of God contrasting the nature of unbelief; these are two separate and opposing realms. Not even Jesus could muster enough faith to believe in His Father for a miracle when unbelief crowded around Him; it grieved His Spirit so deeply that it literally stifled the Son of God; therefore, how much more does unbelief stifle our faith?

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Mat 9-24,25

(94k) Thy Kingdom Come >> God’s perspective on death -- We see death as the end of our lives, whereas God sees it in a couple of different ways. He doesn't see it as something permanent as we do, but merely as a transitional state while we pass from one life into the other. He also sees it as we see sleep, anything but permanent, something pliable, fixable. Just as we wake up every morning, so God raises the dead. 

(243b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Mocking Christ

Mat 9,27-30

(115g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Seeing signs, wonders and miracles – Jesus said this many times, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” He was saying a couple things by this: their faith was involved in the healing, and Jesus could not heal them any more than their faith allowed. In other words, their faith was the limiting factor. Some people get the cart before the horse and say that our faith is what heals us, but it is God who does the healing, and He requires our faith, simply because He doesn’t want to work for us; He wants to work with us (2Cor 6-1). There are a few reasons this is true, but by far the most important reason is that God the Father is composed of faith; it is His substance. John said that God is love (1Jn 4,7-16), and then Paul repeatedly spoke about faith and love together. Faith and love are one and the same; therefore, God’s essence is faith as much as it is love, and for this reason He does all things through love, and for the same reason He requires faith from us. He cannot do anything apart from faith, and He refuses to do anything apart from us. Love is the manifestation of faith, and faith is the foundation of love. Without faith love cannot exist. There are many people who don’t believe in God, yet they usually love their immediate family members, but most unbelievers don’t care about anybody else, and this is what it means to be an unbeliever. The absence of faith and love has an erosion effect on society, and so man’s unbelief is unsustainable. Unbelief in God will cause any society to fall, because it negates love.

(144j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Methods of healing >> Healed by Jesus’ touch -- Jesus was the truth and as the truth, there could be a hundred different ways to heal someone, but without the truth, nothing works, because it is God at work and not you. God requires the person who stands in His place to believe and know the truth.

Mat 9-29

(226k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Rewarded for believing in God -- This verse goes with verse 22. There is a saying, "those who believe obey and those who obey believe," but there are times when believing is obeying, like when the blind men believed in Jesus for their sight. They didn't do much to exhibit obedience except to pursue Jesus into the house. Sometimes our belief is as concrete as our actions and God grants us our wish based on believing alone without having to do much to prove our faith.

 

30-38 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: "See that no one knows about this!" 31 But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land. 32 As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him. 33 After the demon was cast out, the mute man spoke; and the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." 34 But the Pharisees were saying, "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons." 35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 "Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest."

 

Mat 9-30,31

(201b) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> You are against Christ when your unbelief materializes >> Our disobedience is against Christ – When Jesus asked these blind men, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”, they said yes and their eyes were opened. Jesus gave them orders to tell no one, but they told everyone. Although they were happy they met Jesus and received their sight, they blabbed the miracle through disobedience, which is the manifestation of unbelief. These guys had faith to be healed, but not enough faith to obey Christ. What does that say? It takes more faith to obey the Lord than it does to be healed by Him. It partly shows why we don’t see healing in the Church these days, because of unbelief. Before Jesus created faith in the people through the word of God, He could not perform many miracles, but then the more popular He became, the fewer miracles He could perform without getting into trouble with the religious establishment. If people obeyed the Lord, we would see more healing, but because they are unwilling to obey Him, neither do they believe.

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Mat 9-32,33

(146g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Deaf, dumb and blind spirits

Mat 9-34

(242f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting God >> Persecuting Jesus – The Pharisees knew that what they were saying was not actually true; they just said it to discourage people from believing in Jesus. They wanted the masses to take their eyes off Jesus and back on themselves. It was not actually possible for the Pharisees to believe their own statement, because it was intrinsically a fact that Jesus did the work of God. Demons don’t perform healings. We have heard it said that the Catholic Church is foremost in exorcisms, and some say that the demon merely feigns being exorcised by the Catholic priest or that the person was never possessed in the first place, in order to further deceive the people that Catholicism is a genuine Christian religion, but this follows the pattern of what the Pharisees said, that Jesus cast out demons by the ruler of the demons. The Catholic Church has specialized in exorcism, though most Catholic priests are all but devoid of truth from God, yet they are considered a genuine Christian religion, simply because they believe in the trinity. There are people in the Catholic Church who are being saved. It just proves how little faith it actually takes to cast our demons, and there is a large population throughout the world that believes the Catholic Church can do this, which adds to their faith.

Mat 9,35-38

(129d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing the fruit of evangelism >> Bearing the fruit of the gospel – If we don’t pray, the harvesters won't come, for prayer is the basis of the harvester’s coming, and without revival harvesters can do nothing; harvesters are evangelists. 1Cor 3-6 says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” There is a process involved; there are seed-sowers, the rains must come, and there are harvesters, just like in a regular farm field, only the crop is human souls. During times of apostasy when few are being saved, hopefully there are seeds being planted, and hopefully it occasionally rains, so when revival comes, there will be a harvest. We are not to fear the extinction of the Church, for if Satan could not kill it in these last 2000 years, he won't succeed in the future. Christianity is currently represented by religiosity as a placeholder for when revival comes; this sleeping giant will awaken with a genuine faith in the truth, and then persecution will commence. When revival comes, God will reintroduce the true doctrines of the faith and dispel the heresies that have accumulated over the centuries. During these times of apostasy, people become dispirited like sheep without a shepherd, and there could be no better description of the world today. We are a distressed people. Periods of apostasy are stressful, because wickedness is allowed to reign unchecked, and people fear where the currents of human emotion will lead. The Church today is helpless to do anything, groping in the darkness trying to find its own way, much less leading the world to Jesus.

Mat 9-35

(145c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Jesus healed them all

Mat 9-37,38

(82a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Three elements of prayer >> Direction (Attitude) >> What to pray for -- There are three elements of prayer; one of them is direction. (The other two are: our approach to prayer, and where to pray.) The prayer of evangelism is the prayer of direction because it is the first step in bringing the gospel to a region. Subsequent procedures of the people introducing the gospel to a community will have many of their questions answered based on the prayers of those who brought them there.

 

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MATTHEW CHAPTER 10

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1-8 Jesus summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him. 5 These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; 6 but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' 8 "Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give.

 

Mat 10,1-15

(8k) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God’s cause >> Preparing for the ministry -- Jesus sent His disciples out with a purpose and a message, "The Kingdom of Heaven is near," and for this reason Jesus had to give them authority to cast out demons, because they would surely oppose their message and try to hinder the message of the gospel. Jesus Himself planned to visit those villages after His disciples prepared the way for Him, like the ministry of John the Baptist. Jesus would never send you somewhere as an evangelist without intending to make a personal appearance to empower His gospel. Without Him, all you have is words, and you can't expect anyone to make a commitment to a lot of words, but you can expect someone to make a commitment to a proven Christ, based on the words that God gave you to give to them. This is where Paul's confidence and insistence originated in demanding the people's obedience to his message.

Mat 10,1-4

(93g) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Disciples follow Him – Jesus picked twelve men who were completely clueless about His plan and purpose. The religious establishment had previously indoctrinated them in their own teachings, which involved skipping over the first coming of Christ and centering on His second coming, and the disciples honestly never let go of their teachings until Jesus rose from the dead; then He finally captured their attention. Jesus said, “Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old” (Mat 13-52). This means a person never fully releases his former beliefs but becomes a mixed bag of religious ideas deviating from the truth. What we believed before we got saved will remain in the background like shadows, crouching at the doorstep, waiting for an opportunity retake center stage. This was the case with the disciples while they walked with Jesus: He indoctrinated them with His ideas, while the disciples pieced them into their old ideas, which didn’t fit. They could not in good conscience pitch what Jesus said, and they didn’t want to jettison what they had previously learned, so they were stuck, not knowing what Jesus meant and becoming more and more confused about what they once believed, until He rose from the dead. Then they determined that everything He said was true, and everything that contradicted was false. See: further information: Jesus Twelve Disciples

Mat 10-1

(71c) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have authority over demons -- This verse goes with verse 8. The disciples didn’t have authority over the unclean spirits until Jesus gave it to them. Note that they received authority before Pentecost, indicating that their ability to cast our demons was from Jesus simply telling them they had authority. Remember the seven sons of Sceva (Act 19,13-16)? They tried to cast out a demon and it protested saying, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Compare this account with the authority the disciples were given; they received direct authority from Christ to cast out demons. The seven sons of Sceva tried to wield the authority that Paul had without receiving it directly from Christ, and this didn’t work. In another instance when the disciples couldn’t cast out a demon, Jesus told them that it was from the littleness of their faith (Mat 17-20), littleness of their faith in what? They had little faith in Jesus telling them they had authority. In Mk 16-17 Jesus said, “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons.…” A person must actually believe in Jesus before they can cast out demons. The seven sons of Sceva didn’t believe in Jesus, and they didn’t really care about the demon-possessed person; they just wanted to exercise authority. Whenever the New Testament uses the word “believe”, such as in the last chapter of Mark, it refers to obedience. We can put Mk 16-17 this way: “These signs will accompany those who have [obeyed].” Obedience is the prerequisite to obtaining God’s faith, and it is by His faith that we cast out demons, and His faith can be defined as the anointing. The anointing came at Pentecost and the disciples cast our demons before Pentecost, indicating that Jesus endowed his disciples with an anointing as a precursor to Pentecost, similar to the Old Testament prophets. The disciples did not even have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them until after His resurrection; Jesus blew on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (Jn 20-22). Therefore, in Mat 10-1 Jesus gave them preemptive authority to cast out demons that they would eventually receive in full at Pentecost, an anointing to obey Christ, and by these things they cast out demons.

(145d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Jesus heals through the Church -- This verse goes with verse 8. It is one thing for Jesus to heal someone, but it is another thing for Him to heal someone through His people, because now He has witnesses who are not just passive spectators, but active participants of His gospel. That speaks a strong message to the world that God is not only seeking mankind, but that mankind is listening. He has a great plan for us, and is expecting an appropriate response, which sets heavy conviction in the minds of the people than if God should merely work alone without requiring our response.

(146h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Disciples have authority to cast out demons

Mat 10,5-15

(149f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Preaching the gospel to the world >> Preach "Thy kingdom come"

Mat 10-8

(34m) Gift of God >> Be generous like your Father >> Give to the poor -- Obviously there are some Christians who are rich, but generally the gospel is received mostly by the poor. Jesus said in this verse, "Freely you have received, freely give." Prior to saying this Jesus told His disciples that they had power from heaven to, "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons." This is what God is willing to give. He does not give money; if He did we would think money was important in heaven too. Instead, He give us things that are important in eternity, like the power of God. We all know what it means to give to the poor, but we usually think of giving earthly things to help them make it through the day. While Jesus also gave earthly gifts to the poor, He mostly gave them spiritual things, knowing that His Father would see them through the next day in order that they may receive the gift of eternal life from His Son.

(71c) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have authority over demons -- This verse goes with verse 1

(145d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Jesus heals through the Church -- This verse goes with verse 1

(234l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Be a blessing >> Freely give what you received from God -- This verse goes with verses 11-13

(235h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Be liberal in your giving to be like God


 

 9-11 "Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, 10 or a bag for your journey, or even two coats, or sandals, or a staff; for the worker is worthy of his support. 11 "And whatever city or village you enter, inquire who is worthy in it, and stay at his house until you leave that city. 

Mat 10-9,10

(71f) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Preachers are worthy of their support

(130g) Thy Kingdom Come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Caring for spiritual needs

(249e) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not depend on wealth -- We have a tendency to do too much stockpiling of resources for the future for the sake of security, instead of believing and trusting in God. Let's face it, the carnal version of security only works when times are good, when you don't need security. Adversity will carry off your treasures and erase the years off your life you spent gathering them, time that could have been better spent serving God. Jesus lived the way He instructed His disciples, counter to society and to our own reasoning. He knows when you need a new pair of underwear, and you will always have your needs met, but you may not have a two or three years supply. All you really need is what you need today and God will supply tomorrow with gifts more spiritual than you would ask for, and you will find contentment more comfortable than garments of cotton and silk.

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Mat 10,11-15

(26k) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Curse >> Deeds that return to the doer >> God’s blessings are a curse if you don’t walk in them -- For Jesus to come all the way from heaven is the greatest blessing ever bestowed on mankind, making those who reject Him the most appalling act of stupidity. Therefore, there is a sense of responsibility imposed on we who are blessed with such grace. We have only one response that is palatable to God, accepting Him and inviting Him into hearts and gladly obeying whatever He says with fear and trembling. He has come to bless us, not to curse us; but if we do not respond appropriately, His blessing will be a curse.  

(71ab) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have authority from God to evangelize the world >> We have authority to propel the gospel into all the world -- These verses go with verse 40. God has sent us in His place and has given us the same authority He would have had He come in person. "But make sure of this, that the Kingdom of God has come near." God gives to His apostles and evangelists more authority than anyone else in Christendom. In the Church we have the pastor and the teacher and the occasional prophet who walks by the gift of prophecy, who also accompanies the apostle and evangelist. The pastor, teacher and prophet have authority over the Church to preach the word mostly to those who are already saved, encouraging them to receive instruction in the teachings and doctrines that conform to godliness, but the apostle, evangelist and prophet have authority in the world to spread the gospel. The evangelist (anyone of the three) has an arsenal of tools that he uses to prove his message to unbelievers. The gospel is his foremost weapon of righteousness; he comes in the authority of Christ. God respects the evangelist as much as He respected His Son; we are His representatives in the world, and Jesus said, “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (v40), and so the chain of command goes all the way back to God. Therefore, anybody who rejects us is rejecting God. God also is more willing to accompany the evangelist with signs, wonders and miracles than with the pastor, teacher and prophet in the Church; God wants His word to become known in the world by unbelievers and for them to believe in Him, and the way to do that is through signs and wonders. This is how we get the world’s attention, and this is the authority we have as the children of God in the world carrying the message of the gospel. People who take the word of God into the world are the ones who see God at work more than any other Christian ministry. The Bible says that Jesus loves His people more than He loves the world (Jn 17-9), and generally those are the people in church. It is the Father who loves unbelievers in the world just as much as the children He has given to His Son (Jn 3-16).

(71j) Authority >> Ordained by God >> God ordains us through His commandments -- These verses go with verse 40

(72b) Men Delegating Authority (Key verse)

(72g) Authority >> Transferring authority >> Receiving the delegated authority of Christ

(223j) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the train >> Miss the invitation from God

Mat 10,11-13

(234l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Be a blessing >> Freely give what you received from God -- These verses go with verse 8. You are supposed to plant yourself at the same house when you first enter a city so you do not offend your host, who might perceive you leaving as they somehow offended you, or they may believe you are leaving because you think provisions might be better somewhere else. Another reason to stay put is to avoid creating rumors about the same. What you have to offer is God's peace and His gospel of eternal life, which more than compensates for the hospitality that you enjoy from the people who are taking care of you. Therefore, if they do not receive what you came to offer, take it back, not maliciously; just let your greeting of peace return to you. That is, by faith you continue to receive from God what they have rejected. Do not let their rejection rob you of your faith and peace from God. 

 

12-15 "As you enter the house, give it your greeting. 13 "If the house is worthy, give it your blessing of peace. But if it is not worthy, take back your blessing of peace. 14 "Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet. 15 "Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.

 

Mat 10,12-15

(222d) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> Do not give to dogs who will not receive you – When it comes to evangelism, love and truth go hand-in-hand (1Cor 13-6), but one who loves people without sharing the gospel, their love was not offered in the name of Christ, indicating that they are promoting their own agenda. We are to test the spirits by giving it our greeting, and if it is received in the name of Jesus, then that house has the capacity for love, but if that person will not receive our greeting, then neither will he receive our love or our gospel. Jesus also said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces” (Mat 7-6).

(235ga) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Hospitality (providing a

Mat 10-12,13

(126a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> God is at peace >> The peace from God

(156da) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving your fellow man is evidence of salvation >> Love your enemies

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Mat 10,13-15

(157c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Rejecting God >> Rejecting God’s people – What is our blessing of peace that we extend to a household or a city? It is the message of the gospel! If anyone receives our message of peace, then it will have been successfully transferred through the Holy Spirit. We are to bless the household whether they receive it or not; God does not want us to determine who gets to hear the gospel message and who doesn’t, for we don’t know whom God has prepared to receive it and who is unprepared. God wants to bless every household to give them ample opportunity to hear the gospel and believe and give God opportunity to bless them or else condemn them, whichever they choose. If we don’t bless them and they reject the gospel, God has no direct grounds for condemning their unbelief. God wants them to believe and be saved, but if they refuse, then He wants us to give Him grounds to condemn that household or that city or nation that others might see and fear and believe and be saved. If they don’t receive our blessing, then we are to take it back; they are not worthy of it. We are not at fault, and we should not feel inhibited to give the next house our blessing, just because others have rejected it. We are to demonstrate the blessing that God wants to give people and we are to demonstrate the curse that they have accepted by wiping off the dust from our feet in protest against them. This act is to show that we are erasing every trace of them from our lives; the curse is all that remains of our visit. We are not the guilty party; we came to bless them; we did not curse them; they cursed themselves by rejecting the gospel message. God will remember the household in the Day of Judgment or the city or the nation that rejects the gospel of peace, but even before that day comes judgment often finds its mark.

Mat 10-13

(70c) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Being sensitive to the Spirit >> Test the spirits -- Jesus was talking about operating in the gift of discernment and rejecting certain spirits that they are hosting. If they refuse to let them go, they will never receive the gospel. Therefore, shake off the dust of your feet and go to the next city where you may be better received.

Mat 10-14,15

(47l) Judgment >> God judges the world >> Eternal judgment against unbelief >> Rejecting the gospel – We have authority with the gospel among those who receive it (they become our brothers and sisters in Christ), and with those who don't (we are responsible for God’s judgment on their lives). Many think they have taken away our power simply by rejecting our message, but our authority over those who hear the gospel remains in effect either way. God has given us authority to preach the message of God's love to every creature, and after they have heard it in power and rejected it, the fact that they have rejected the knowledge of God and His will for mankind is cause for judgment in the Day of judgment. The Bible speaks of a White Throne Judgment where the wicked dead will stand before Him and be judged for their sins, especially the greatest sin of all which is the sin of unbelief, and He will cast them into the Lake of Fire. Their fate will be worse than that of Sodom and Gomorra for rejecting the gospel. Jesus said that those who reject the gospel have committed a far greater sin than homosexuality and will suffer a worse fate. This indicates there are levels of judgment in hell. If there is only one Lake of Fire and everyone is thrown into it, whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life, then how can there be levels of judgment? There are things we can deduce through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The fact that there are levels of punishment in hell means there is something about each person that will cause their experience in the Lake of Fire to be different from others. Their sins will be strapped to them, and it will pull them into the liquid-hot magma. Others' sins will be less severe so that they may float on the lake’s surface and possibly swim to shore, since it is a lake. The fact is, hell is a hellish place; nobody there will enjoy his stay.

(200b) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Rejecting the will of God >> Rejecting the gospel


 

16-24 "Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. 17 "But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; 18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 "But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20 "For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. 21 "Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 "You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. 23 "But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes. 24 "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master.

 

Mat 10,16-20

(110c) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through us in times of persecution -- This is a gift that all of God's children will have and will unfortunately need in the last days, during times of persecution. Jesus tells us not to be alarmed, because we will always know what to say to our enemies when we open our mouths, and no sooner. What we say to them is critical; in fact, it would be impossible for us to have in ourselves the right words, since what God would have us tell them we would not have the courage to say without Him. 

Mat 10-16

(61g) Being Clever (Key verse)

(62a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Responding cleverly to your enemies >> Outwit them

(180c) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Fighting off wolves with a clever innocence >> Being more innocent than their self-righteousness -- Fight fire with fire. Most people of the world cannot be trusted, especially after they find out that you are a Christian (You cannot hide it, because they too have a sense of discernment that they have received from their father). However, we do have an arsenal of which they are completely ignorant, for they can only discern evil and the absence of it. Our arsenal consists of the very things they hate. In fact, one of them is their hate, which consumes them. We are to be innocent of all evil, at least as far as they know. We must be perfect around our enemies, for they will use what they can against us.

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Mat 10-19,20

(112a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Wisdom of the spirit -- There are a couple of verses you should look at pertaining to this verse and topic: The first one is the story of Stephen in the book of Acts, chapters 6 and 7; look at verses 9 & 10 of chapter 6. It says, "they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking." Then look at 1Cor 10-13, which says, "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it. " Some of the things we think we cannot endure, we can endure because of His Grace, which enables us to endure the situation when it comes, and not before. 

(116g) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God through the words you speak

(255e) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> God is Spirit -- Jesus said, "It is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you." In the trinity you have three persons in one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Which one do you think was the God of the Old Testament? Jesus did not officially come on the scene until the New Covenant, and the Holy Spirit was never coined as a lead entity in either the Old or the New. That leaves the Father as the only viable candidate for God of the Old Testament, whose title throughout all its writings was without fail simply God. Therefore, to say, 'God is Spirit,' is to say the Father is Spirit. Now, to have two entities of the trinity associated with the Spirit, comes close to saying that all members of the trinity have the same form. As you continue to study the Scriptures and especially the topic of the trinity, it will emerge that all members of the trinity have an equal share of each other's characteristics. They are all equal in that they are all one and the same with each other. 

Mat 10-20

(153c) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Holy Spirit bears witness of the father -- When you are persecuted, and you open your mouth and the right things tailored for the moment spill out, it is the Spirit of your Father speaking for you. Of those who would suppress His kingdom and His word, the person of the trinity who most wants those in the world to know about His mercy and His judgment is the Father, since He is considered the judge of all. Although Jesus will be the person sitting in the seat on that terrible day of judgment, He will be executing His Father's will. 

Mat 10,21-28

(242k) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Reacting to persecution >> Enduring persecution – It is inevitable that anyone who believes in Jesus will be persecuted, for Paul said, “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2Tim 3-12). It’s not a question; it is not a possibility; it is a guarantee. The only way to avoid persecution is to avoid being like Jesus, and that is to avoid God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Persecution never hurt anybody; no martyr was ever killed serving Christ as He said in Lk 21,16-18, “They will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish.” If we get our hand slapped for putting it in the cookie jar, then we might as well grab as many cookies as we can, and if we will be persecuted no matter what we do, then we should preach the gospel all the more.

Mat 10-22

(98k) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> The salvation of God >> Endure to the end

Mat 10-24,25

(42j) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Conform to the walk of Christ – We are called to acquire the qualities of Christ, but not to do what He did. For example, we may become martyrs, but our death will not act as atonement for our sins or anyone else’s. Moreover, we are called to work with the grace of God, yet we are merely simulating the works of God so He can work through us. For that matter, Jesus didn’t perform any miracles either, but the Father did His works through Christ (Jn 5-19,20). By this we will become like Him and possess His attributes, first and foremost the capacity for love. We should be born-again and have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us even as the Holy Spirit dwells in Him and we are to live as He did, so when people see us, they might recognize us as having been with Jesus. We are like Him, and Jesus says that is enough.

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25-28 "It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household! 26 "Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops. 28 "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 

 

Mat 10,25-27

(112i) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden motives -- The things you hear from God is for the purpose of revealing them to as many people as possible, because whoever hears the word of God is likely to benefit if they respond appropriately to it. Jesus came to the world in a generation as dark as our own when the truth was suppressed by those who thought they could turn religion into a profitable business. That sounds familiar!  He promised in His day, "there will be nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known." Then He continued and said, "What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops." He intends to at least partly use use to fulfill His promise of ushering in the day. Therefore, whatever God tells you is even more imperative to make known in order to break the cords of this darkness under which we struggle every day. 

(242c) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecuting God >> Persecuting the word of God

Mat 10-25

(200l) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> He is against Christ who does not receive Him >> Whoever does not receive the Church is against Christ

(224d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Children of God resemble their Father

Mat 10,26-28

(25c) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Murder >> Persecution to the death >> Murdering for prestige -- These verses go with verse 31. Jesus has given us reason not to fear our persecutors; we fear that what they do to us in secret will never come to light, but Jesus set us at ease and promised that all their works will be revealed in the judgment. We fear injustice perhaps more than anything, but we are not to fear, for God will expose every sin that our enemies perpetrate against us. We don’t have to be afraid to suffer shame at the hand of our enemies. God will not only employ us in exposing the sin of our persecutors, He will also employ us in revealing His truth to them, so they might repent and be saved and stop persecuting us, and instead become our brothers in the faith. The Lord is talking to our persecutors and saying they are the ones who need to be afraid, not us. He is also saying that if we are going to fear that we should fear God. If we fear our persecutors, it will take away from our fear of God and from our ability to trust Him to make things right. At the same time, He is telling us what we ought to tell our persecutors that if they continue to persecute the saints, they run the risk of hellfire, and they are heading for it at a blinding pace, like a speeding locomotive full of momentum that has no time to slow to a stop before it runs out of track and plunges into the deep ravine.

Mat 10-26,27

(212f) Nothing Hidden (Key verse)

(212h) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> Nothing hidden >> God exposes things hidden in darkness -- See commentary under verses 25-27

Mat 10-27

(106a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> God speaks in the darkness to shine the light -- God spoke in your darkness and exposed His light to you, and now expects you to do the same with the light He has given you to reveal His truth in those around you. Working together with God who is speaking His light into our hearts as we in turn reiterate to others what we have heard from God, we will get the job done of evangelizing the world. 

Mat 10-28

(47d) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of destruction – Far as destroying both body and soul in hell, those who go there had better hope it’s true, referring to annihilation, which is a belief that is widely held among cults, who don’t want to believe God has eternal punishment in store for those so unfortunate as to end-up there, probably because they know it is their destiny. Surviving hell would be the worst-case scenario. Fire cannot destroy a spirit. A person can be caught in a house fire and their bodies burn-up, but their soul remains untouched, so what we need to understand about hell is the meaning of “destruction”. It doesn’t mean to annihilate but to destroy in a more insidious way. A person’s soul lives-on in hell but is destroyed just the same, and even their bodies continue to exist though it is going through a continual death process. The Bible says that in the resurrection God will give us indestructible bodies; that goes for both the righteous and the wicked. If it says that the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever, a person who has been annihilated cannot be tormented. When those coming back from war return with shredded souls, they are in some way destroyed, and we say they have PTSD and need to be rebuilt. The person needs to know there is love in the world and that people personally care about him, but in hell there is no one to care for him or help restore his soul, so they will remain fragmented forever, while their bodies continually burn but are not consumed, like the burning bush. After all, they wanted to be like God.

(88h) Thy Kingdom Come >> Fearing the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the sovereign hand of God on your life -- This statement compares the fear of our enemies with the fear of God, and concludes that we have a better reason to fear God than man. After we are dead, there is nothing else men can do to us, but God has the power to torment the human soul in hell. We are not to fear that God will send us to hell, but we are to fear Him who has the power to send our enemies to hell.

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29-36 "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 "So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. 32 "Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 "But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. 34 "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 "For I came to SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW; 36 and A MAN'S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD. 

 

Mat 10,29-31

(160l) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Tempted to act like an animal – Of all the bird species in the world, Jesus chose the sparrow, partly because they are one of the most common birds in the world, and also because they act a lot like people. They aren't very nice to each other; they are competitive when it comes to food; they peck at each other on the bird feeder, and when a flock of sparrows are feeding, no other birds will come near, because they are obnoxious, but they are also social birds. They flock together, unlike robins that live in isolation. After the sparrows finish at the bird feeder, they return to their nesting place and chirp like maniacs. Some say their chirping tells other birds to keep their distance, but other flocks of sparrows that don’t have such a consistent food source don’t chirp like those that are well fed; therefore, their chirping is from joy. They are happy because their bellies are full and they have no needs and life is good to them, and so they chirp and chirp and celebrate life. Jesus chose the sparrow, because they’re obnoxious, mean, competitive and live in society like people, but they also like to celebrate life, and people should take a lesson from the sparrow and appreciate the simple things in life. Obnoxious as people are to each other, God still loves us; He still cares about us; He has a lot of compassion for people, because we are victims of our circumstances; much of what we suffer is not our fault, though sometimes we create trouble for ourselves, but even when we suffer from our own stupidity, the basis of our suffering is not our fault. So God always finds room for pity.

Mat 10-29,30

(212f) God Is All Knowing (Key verse)

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you -- The harsh tone of the last verse is mitigated by this very comforting verse. There is something special about God knowing the current number of hairs on our heads, which changes on a daily basis.

Mat 10-31

(25c) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Murder >> Persecution to the death >> Murdering for prestige -- This verse goes with verses 26-28

Mat 10-32,33

(150b) Confessing Jesus (Key verse)

(150c) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing Jesus to be saved >> Confessing Jesus that He may confess us to the Father – This statement can make a person choke on his breakfast. There are plenty of books that speak about God’s love, and some of them are sickening sweet; they say He loves us unconditionally, ‘just we are;’ that is a half-truth. We come to Him just as we are, but He wants us to change. His expectation for us when we come to Him is that we will accept change that He determines for us; He wants us to be more like Him. When we look at these last few verses, He was talking about not fearing persecution, saying that if we give into our fears and publicly deny Him, He will deny us in the presence of His Father. When we die and meet God after consistently denying Him throughout our lives, Jesus will tell His Father that He doesn’t know us, and that will be the end of us. The angels will throw us into the lake of fire, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, so not everything about God is lovey-dovey and sickening sweet; there are sides of God that we must fear. If we consistently deny Him, we will miss heaven altogether. When we come to Christ, we don’t bring any good works or self-righteousness with us; we let Jesus mold us into His image. If we follow Him along this process, there won’t be any problems, but if we resist Him and refuse to conform to Him, it will not go well with us at the judgment. Our Christianity will be revealed as fake.

(199g) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Denying Christ

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Mat 10,34-39

(5h) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your loyalty >> Your commitment to follow Jesus To love anyone in this world more than we love God is considered idolatry. This estrangement that Christ is addressing is between Christians and non-Christians; it’s between light and darkness particularly within the family structure; it is the turbulence between two kingdoms that are opposed to one another, just as Christ is opposed to Satan, and vise-versa. Jesus contrasted all human relations against the divine relationship, saying that we should be closer to God than anyone else. If we love certain people more than we love God, then by definition we cannot be His disciples, and God will view us as unworthy servants, and it may ultimately result someday in falling away from our faith altogether. It is either all or nothing with the Lord; we either serve Him with all our heart or we risk this world stripping us of our faith. We cannot serve two masters for long. These are matters of the heart, not like we can choose to make God more important to us at will. This is something that only God can do in us. If we live according to the Lord’s expectations, we would become offensive to nearly everyone we know, including their own household and especially to those who are not saved.

(189d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Costly sacrifice – This is the level of commitment to which God is calling us; this is what Jesus said would happen to us when we get saved and followed Him according to His dictates. We will have to make one sacrifice after another, but He says that it will all be worth it, because in the Church and among the brethren we will receive in return many brothers and sisters and many sons and daughters and many fathers and mothers, and in the end eternal life (Mat 19,27-30). However, in the Church, there is almost no unity, and therefore no commitment to one another of this level, hence the benefit of serving Christ has been removed, and for this reason almost no one is being saved. The people who claim to belong to God are not making this level of commitment in their faith. If we all made this level of commitment to God, most of us would lose our family members but would gain each other. As it is, anyone who would make a commitment to God in this manner, might lose their families, and when they went to church expecting to gain relationships to replace those they lost, they wouldn’t be there, because the same commitment is not happening in other people. So for the one person to commit himself with no hope of benefit does not seem very attractive. For this reason there is little unity in the Church; there is almost no power and few signs, wonders and miracles. None of the things that the Bible says should be present in the Church is apparent because of a lack of faith and commitment to God. People are too busy finding their lives to lose it for the cause of Christ.

Mat 10,34-36

(65f) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Jesus brings division >> Families break up because of faith in Christ – To love God more than our own family members is equivalent to suicide in many countries and cultures in the world, which is really what Jesus said in these words, “He who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” We Christians who are sold-out to Jesus make our unsaved family members feel that we are rejecting them and they will respond by ostracizing us, or else they will turn to Christ with us. Our faith in God will affect every relationship in our lives, not just a little, but Christ will become the main influence, which will drive our every action and word, until we either make everybody we know a Christian or we repel them by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. 

Mat 10-34

(65c) Jesus Brings Division (Key verse)

 

37 "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 

 

Mat 10,37-39

(170b) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Pursuing the glory of man turns us in the wrong direction >> It’s the reason we don’t die to self – How many Christians actually live the way Jesus is describing here? How many people actually sacrifice their closest human relationships for the sake of faith in God? Some of those relationships will be of the type that Abraham had with his son Isaac, God will give them back to us, only those relationships will then be consecrated. Like a Husband and wife who are both Christians understand that God means more to each of them than they do to each other, this is acceptable to them; but non-Christians are not capable of understanding how God could mean more to someone than an immediate family member. To a none-Christian, God is nothing more than a concept; they cannot fathom the idea that a person can have a relationship with God.  

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Mat 10-37,38

(72l) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> Authority makes you accountable >> Parents are responsible for their children – Good parents love their children, but if we love our children more than we love God, we can’t lead them to Jesus. Giving them their natural lives but neglecting to lead them to eternal life is the greatest travesty of parenthood. Many people will spend eternity in hell because their parents thought it was better to be a good parent than to be a good Christian. We cannot help our children if we don’t know God. We can work really hard and find a good-paying job and put them through college, and they can give us grandchildren, and we can feel happy and content, but if we don’t know God, we are just leading our family into the abyss. In contrast, if we dedicate our lives to Jesus, we will have the faith to teach them the ways of God.

(156c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Expressing your feelings toward Him – We are not talking about easy-believism any more than the cross was easy for Jesus. His purpose was to die for the sins of mankind, and our purpose is to die to self so we can serve mankind with our resulting faith. Following Jesus with the cross on our backs is not the end of the story. Since Jesus rose from the dead, God will also impart to us new life, an anointing of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Eph 1-17), but we cannot know these things while we allow our flesh to reign over us, because the fleshly mind simply cannot know God, nor in a million years would it lead us to do the will of God. We must commit ourselves to doing His will, so when He imparts His ability, we can fulfill His purpose. God will not impart His ability before we have committed our hearts to Him, for He doesn’t give an anointing to do what we think is right. If we let Him, God will lead us in directions that we could have never imagined. We can make a commitment without the anointing, but we cannot fulfill that commitment without His empowerment.

(179h) Unworthy Servant (Key verse)

(179i) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Unworthy servant >> Unworthy because of unfaithfulness – If we love our family members more than Jesus, then we are not His children. When He says we are not worthy of Him, that doesn’t mean He will make us His children anyway. People often remind themselves and others that none of us deserve salvation, which is true; it is a gift. Paul said that Jesus died for us while we were still sinners (Rom 5-8), so we didn’t do anything to deserve eternal life. However, the subject of “worthiness” is different from the notion of deserving God’s grace. We can be worthy of eternal life even though we don’t deserve it. What this means is that God puts parameters on His grace so that though we don’t deserve it we can be worthy to receive it when we commit ourselves to doing His will.

(234h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Sold out >> Placing no boundaries on your commitment to God >> Going to any extreme to fulfill the will of God – If we love our parents or children more than Jesus, we are not worthy of Him, for whatever we love more than God is idolatry, and to whatever degree our commitment falls below a full commitment, that defines our level of practicing idolatry. In that sense we are all idolaters to some degree, for no one is committed to God like Jesus was to His Father. The apostle who came closest to having zeal similar to Christ was Paul. The subject of idolatry is not straightforward as we often make it. Usually we turn to the Old Testament and see how the ancient world worshipped idols. It was all very literal to them. They would fashion an idol with their hands and then fall down and worship it, basically worshipping the works of their own hands, worshipping themselves in other words. All idolatry reduces to self-worship, but the Bible teaches that there is a demon behind every idol, suggesting that idol worshippers inadvertently worship demons, but in worshipping the works of their own hands it also suggests that there is a demon behind every idolater. No wonder God hates idolatry more than any other sin.

(252a) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for His inherent worthiness – In virtually every other case this kind of language would be cultic and would even break the laws of God, which commanded us to honor our parents (Exodus 20-12). However, what Jesus said means something different from a cult or dishonoring our parents. A cult would tell us to disown our family members for the sake of the Jim Jones foundation or some other nefarious cult leader, but Jesus was telling us to live according to the words and teachings of Christ, making it a higher priority than our commitment to our parents, because His teachings center around love. If we love our immediate family members more than our relationship with Christ, we love them more than practicing the love of God, and if we sacrifice the love of God for the sake of our earthly family members, how can we expect to love them? In other words, if we dedicate our lives to Him first and foremost, then we can go back and love the people in our lives the way we should. Our faith in Jesus must be above everything else; otherwise, our lives are worthless. Without putting Christ first we could not hope to bear fruit that would benefit anyone.

Mat 10-37

(195a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters >> You can only love one at a time – Literally anything can become an idol, whatever we consider more important than our faith in Jesus. In fact, many people use their religion as an idol. This is the concept of believing in the Bible instead of believing in God to whom the Bible refers. Many people presume they are going to heaven because the Bible makes certain promises, but the unbeliever can read the same promises. The only reason the Bible is true to us and not to the unbeliever is that we believe in the person of Jesus Christ and not just in the doctrines that speak of Him. A person can go to church every Sunday and recite the Apostle’s Creed and the Lord’s Prayer, and it won’t get him any closer to heaven if he doesn't actually believe in God. When we tell somebody about Jesus and they say in their defense that they go to church, they are speaking about their idol. Their defense was not their faith in Jesus but their Sunday morning ritual. They point at their church and say, ‘This represents my relationship with God.’ Anything we use to represent God is our idol. God doesn't need any symbols to represent Him anymore since He has given us of His Spirit. To worship symbols instead of God Himself is the very meaning of idolatry. Doesn’t the Bible represent God to us? Yes, therefore, to set our doctrines in front of God and worship them instead of Him is idolatry. So how do we avoid this? We seek God until He transforms our doctrines into revelation knowledge so that we understand them by the Spirit. To worship the word of God after He has revealed it by the Spirit is to worship God.

 

38-42 "And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 "He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. 40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. 41 "He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. 42 "And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward."

 

Mat 10-38,39

(226k) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Rewarded for believing in God – The heathen doesn’t understand why God doesn’t just show Himself, but the world hates God. He doesn’t even show Himself to His own people except by the Holy Spirit because He wants us to believe in Him for a couple very important reasons. First, the saints will need to believe in Him throughout all eternity. More importantly, though, God literally consists of faith, so He demands faith from us, that believing in Him we might become the children of God.

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Mat 10-38

(190b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Taking your sinful nature by force -- God gave everything to us and expects everything from us. Just like Abraham, He wants us to give Him our most precious possessions, whatever or whomever it may be. What we keep from Him becomes our idol of worship. The confounding part about our warped thinking is, sometimes we don't see that what we give to God is safer in His hands than in our own. Another thing we don't often see is that whatever we give to Him, including our own lives, He replaces with things of greater value, like a new life, a better one in which we can serve God by faith in His Son. 

Mat 10-39

(53a) Paradox >> Opposites >> Of life and death >> Die in order to live -- If those who have the sense that there is more to life than what this world offers, seeks the greater meaning by giving up this life, they will find their quarry in Christ. However, they will not find it in the form that they would expect, because it is obscured by the trappings of this present darkness. Instead, they will find it in the Spirit through the word of God, prayer and obedience to the small voice who speaks clearly within them. 

(55k) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> he who saves his life shall lose it -- Those who think they have found their place in this world and feel comfortable with it should seriously question whether they have a place reserved for them in heaven. You can have many houses, but you can have only one home, and home is where you feel most comfortable. If they feel comfortable here, chances are they won't feel comfortable among the saints with the Holy Spirit filling every corner of heaven with His presence. 

(95a) Thy Kingdom Come >> Perspective >> False perspective in the world – There are times when this life tests every man’s worldview, often during times of war and other calamitous situations. People will do anything to protect their worldview, because their pride is in it; more than that, their heart is in it, and if we don’t believe it, just look at the Pharisees and what they did. They had Jesus crucified because He was threatening to topple their worldview, plus He was tampering with their moneymaking scheme, but that was all part of their paradigm. It would have required them to start from scratch recreating a belief system that encapsulated the truth. People consider the truth important only according to their own sense of reality. Visit colleges and they will say this very thing in so many words. They will even say that truth doesn’t actually exist. What they mean is that the truth is not necessary, because they have their own reality, and it is good enough for them, but what they don’t know is the future, and one day their paradigm will be tested, and depending on how far it falls from the truth is the degree to which they will find themselves estranged from the truth. When the truth comes to replace their paradigms, if only a few adjustments are needed, that is not very painful, but when a person’s paradigm is distant from the truth, it takes man’s reality and crushes into powder.

Mat 10,40-42

(127b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Kindness >> Be kind like God >> Kindness is meeting the needs of the saints – This is a gigantic statement! Jesus made mention of this in other ways, such as in Mat 25,31-45, where He speaks of separating the sheep from the goats based on this statement, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” The things we do to one another are how we would treat Christ if peradventure we met Him in the flesh. He is speaking about this vicariously and also in terms of authority. The one who would be kind to the saints would be kind to Jesus too, and He is saying that whoever receives one of the least of these is like receiving Christ Himself. This is the kind of authority we have. A person who would be kind to us would be kind to Christ if He were in our place, and the person who would be evil to us would be evil to Him too. If they were evil to Christ, they would also be evil to His Father, meaning if God allowed them in heaven, eventually they would attempt a coo against His throne. A person who would treat His saints well has an open heart to the gospel, and if they are not yet saved, they will be saved in a short while. Jesus said in Mk 9-39, “There is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of Me.” Likewise, no one can be kind to the saints and His heart be closed to the gospel.

(207h) Salvation >> Salvation verses >> The Kingdom of God >> Salvation authority of God’s kingdom – Jesus is not talking about temporal rewards in this life; rather, He is talking about eternal rewards and we know that unless unbelievers repent, they will ultimately find their place in hell, where there are no rewards. Therefore, Jesus is not talking about unbelievers but people who are being saved, because generally unbelievers do not show kindness to the saints. God intends to reward in heaven those who are kind to us, meaning they must be there in order to receive the reward. If an unbeliever is kind to the saints, the result is that the door opens for them to become Christians too. Being kind to the children of God leads to becoming the children of God. If unbelievers are intentionally kind to Christians, they will soon become part of Christ’s growing family. The one who is kind to the disciples of Jesus is either a Christian himself or is soon to become one.

Mat 10-40

(71ab) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have authority from God to evangelize the world >> We have authority to propel the gospel into all the world -- This verse goes with verses 11-15

(71j) Authority >> Ordained by God >> God ordains us through His commandments -- This verse goes with verses 11-15. This is just one of a hundred statements depicting Jesus’ expectation of His disciples. This statement: “He who receives you receives Me,” pertains to Jesus’ closest disciples who obeyed His commandments with all their hearts, even to the point of death. Every disciple except John paid the ultimate price for the privilege of serving Christ, and they were 100% sold-out to Him. Everything about them was drenched in faith; it is this kind of Christian to whom this verse applies, for this is the only Christian who really knows the truth. To those who rarely have time for their faith, this verse simply does not apply to them. We cannot casually know the truth from God but must completely devote ourselves to Him if we are going to know Him at all.

(153a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Church bears witness of the Father through Christ – The believer not only has Jesus in his heart, he also has the Father, for Jesus did not come on His own initiative, but the Father sent Him. This cannot be over-emphasized, based on the number of instances in Scripture it is mentioned, implying that the works of Jesus were based on obedience. That is important to understand in that it stresses the importance of obedience to us. God has called us to live as Jesus did; obeying the Holy Spirit denotes His entire ministry, and it should describe us too. We should be able to look back in our lives and see a pattern made by following the Holy Spirit and the fruit He has produced in us. Most of us will see long periods in our lives when His fruit is lacking, because we were disobedient. This occurs to every person; we need God’s mercy and with it His strength to lead a godly life. Unquestionably, there are many Christians who are afraid to follow the Holy Spirit, because they are not confident in His voice, but if we don’t obey the Holy Spirit, we can know for certain that we are failing Him. If we simply guess at God’s will instead of listening for Him, our efforts to please Him will fall dreadfully short. Some Christians have never heard the voice of God because they never committed themselves to doing His will.

(250f) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Natural then the spiritual (obedience then anointing) -- People want authority without responsibility. They want everyone to listen to them (and the power to reduce people's lives to a pile of dust), but they don't want the accountability of seeking the gospel for themselves and perfecting holiness in the sight of God. There is an anointing that God wants to place on every person who calls on the name of the Lord, but many of us only want so much of God and then want the world back to spend their blessings on their pleasures. This is not the road to the anointing (at least not the real one), and without it you will accomplish nothing for the Kingdom of God. If you want to be an effective Christian in this world, you must listen to the Holy Spirit who has what you seek and practice obedience to what He calls you to do. 

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Mat 10-41,42

(152i) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> Church operates under a prophetic anointing >> Receiving a prophetic word from God – Being inadvertently kind to a prophet doesn’t count, but whoever is intentionally kind to a prophet believes the word he is preaching and will therefore receive a prophet’s reward, and God rewards His prophets with the revelation of God’s word. Therefore, anyone who is intentionally kind to a prophet will understand God’s purpose and will for his life, and the question that remains is whether he is willing to fulfill His purpose. “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself” (Jn 7-17). People are not automatically saved just because they know the will of God, but when the revelation comes, it is an open invitation to be saved.

(226c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> God crowns us with glory for sharing our rewards -- What prophets and righteous people offer is beyond the grasp of this world. Their simple mission is to go around sharing what they have inside them from God. The wonderful thing is that anyone can partake of their rewards by simply believing their message and blessing them. The unfortunate thing though is that they get more persecuted than blessed in this world. The Church walks in darkness whenever the people therein refuse to acknowledge their prophets. 

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