The Commission of Christ

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.- Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)

This Short Study will go into "The Commision"....as seen in all four accounts of the Gospels...not the "Great Commission," although that will be part of what will be weaved into our understanding of what constitutes "The Commission of Christ."

By Pastor G. E. Newmyer

The word Commission means An assignment, when God calls, He Assigns, then He Equips, Trains and Sends forth. Jesus never made leaders, He made disciples who became leaders. Jesus made fishers of men, yet He ordained shepherds from among the sheep, there is a difference. Those in the Body are sent to build the Body (Rock), Jesus builds the Church. Never think we build the Church, yet we don’t stop tossing the Net until the Day ends. In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I say also unto you, You are Peter, and upon this Rock I will build My Church”. If we make the mistake of thinking Peter is the Rock, we are right back to another Law of Moses, or the placement of a human between us and God. Within moments of Jesus saying this He also told Peter, “Satan get behind Me”, at the time Peter was not Born Again, he also lacked understanding of the Cross and Resurrection (Mark 9:32), yet Paul said the Rock is Christ (I Cor 10:4). With the events and time element we can’t assume Jesus was talking about Peter being the Rock, rather the mystery is found in the Greek, the word for Peter is Petros meaning a stone, or small rock. However the Greek word used for Rock is Petra meaning a massive Stone, much like a mountain. Peter was a stone, one of those who will make up the Rock, as was John, Andrew, and the others standing there. We also find the phrase “upon this Rock” is present tense, but “I will build” is yet future. Jesus ordained the disciples as apostles before the Cross, but they were restricted to the position of being “sons of men”, they were not sons of God at the time. They were Commissioned to perform specific tasks based on what they had received, not what they were to receive. This then shows the prior to the Cross the disciples operated in Mercy, not Grace. There is one Gospel, but it has two elements, one of Mercy, one of Grace. The New Covenant is in the Blood of Jesus, making the Blood Grace, but we also know we come boldly to the Throne to Obtain Mercy, and Find Grace (Heb 4:16). We are not going to Find Grace, until we Obtain Mercy. It’s exactly what the earthly ministry did, established the Mercy of the Father on earth. As members of the Body our base in Mercy, as members of the Church we have Grace. Forgiveness of our sins by the Father is Mercy based, but Grace is in the Spirit by the Blood of Jesus for the remission of sin, two things, yet joined in the One God. The Gospel shows us we can walk in Mercy, and do many Godly things, yet not understand spiritual matters (Mark 9:10 & 9:32). Once the Father forgives us we obtain Mercy, then we are expected to give it to others. Grace and Mercy are the Equal areas for the New Testament saint, we can’t have one without the other, yet expect to be equal. The Commission is only for those who have obtained Mercy, yet they have also found Grace.

The disciples did many wonderful things before the Cross, but nonetheless the Greater works are predicated on Grace, since Grace brought us the Spirit. Every person who received the Cross is forgiven of their sins, they have Power on earth as a "son of man". They also have the greatest opportunity of all time, the ability to be Born Again to become a "son of God" (Rom 1:3-4). There are two things stopping us, one is our lack of knowledge, which is taken care of; the second is our lack of belief in the Name of Jesus, which is a matter of choice. The "Name of Jesus" points to Authority, one can run all over town saying, "Stop in the name of the Law", some may for a while, until they find out the one speaking has no authority. Anyone under the Unction of the Name over the Body has the power to cast out devils, the saving of the soul is the issue of Grace. It doesn’t mean casting out devils is bad, far from it, but we must not rejoice in our power over darkness, rather we rejoice because our names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Anyone in the Body, Born Again or not, minding the Spirit or minding the flesh has the ability to cast out devils, or lay hands on the sick, but the purpose of our faith is the saving of our souls. What good would it do to cast out all the devils, yet hear, “I never knew you” (Matt 7:21-23)? We must be Equal, cast out devils, yet engage in the purpose of our faith, even the salvation of our souls (I Pet 1:9).

Testimony and Testament are different, a testimony is something said, but a Testament is compared to a Will. God gave us a written document allowing us to view the Will of Jesus to determine the provisions of the Gospel. The Will contains the promises to those left behind after the death of someone, thus the inheritance is not in hand until the death of the Testate, thus the Testate is the subject of the Testament. We are the only ones with a written Will from God promising us many things, including the saving of our souls. So, when does death come for us? At the Cross, the Cross could only be a factor after Jesus gave Himself. Yet, the Cross without the Resurrection lacks competence. The main part of being a Christian is based in the Resurrection of Jesus, thus we identify with the death and resurrection, not merely the death alone. By the Cross of Jesus we are able to impute the old nature (flesh) dead, but we also have the ability to have the same Spirit of Holiness declaring us sons of God because we are Born Again. The Rapture, or Catching Away is not a separate Resurrection, it’s the completed Resurrection of Jesus, thus the same Spirit who raised Jesus will raise us, a provision of the Will. From this we can see how important it is to know Jesus spent three days and nights in the grave, yet was raised on the third day. If what Jesus said regarding the Resurrection is not true, then neither is anything else. 

Jesus read His own Will in the Gospel, the Book of Acts displays how the inheritance was passed on. The Book of Acts is the proof of the inheritance being real, it's in hand, if we receive it by faith. Nearly half of the uses of the title Holy Ghost are found in the Book of Acts. It becomes the proof of “the Holy Ghost was given, because Jesus was Glorified in the Resurrection” (Jn 7:38-39, completed).

Jesus said several times, "It is given unto you", or "It is for you to know"; therefore, Jesus not only read His own Will, but died in the flesh to bring it to pass, then was raised to seal the promise with the Spirit of Holiness before the Father (Rom 1:3-4). His Acts and Ways opened the Way for us to have the Holy Spirit by the Holy Ghost providing the Gift of Grace so we could complete the provisions. Not only did He cause it to be written, He then gave us the ability to complete it. No wonder we love Him so much.  

The "Living Water" is Mercy coupled with Life through the Spirit, thus the Living Water couldn't come until the Spirit was given (Jn 7:38-39). This also shows the "Living Word" is the Logos with Life, not merely the Bible speaking of Life. When we have the Living Word in us, we will also have the capability to grant Living Water. Grace includes the Spirit as the Gift of God by the New Birth, meaning Christ in us the hope of glory, thus the Spirit is the ability to do Grace, making Grace the Gift (Eph 2:8. 3:7 & 4:7).

The Will of Jesus held two elements as well, one element unto Salvation, the other unto Judgment. Both Salvation and Judgment came with the Cross, we can't have Salvation without Judgment being involved somehow, but wait, Grace is strictly unto salvation. Oh, the Day is for Salvation, we work while it is yet Day for the Night of Judgment comes when no man can work. The Book of Hebrews gives us the basic six rudiments to the Doctrine of Christ, one of those is the knowledge of Eternal Judgment. On the same note the same Book speaks of Eternal Salvation (Heb 6:1-2 & 5:9). There can be no eternal judgment until there is first an eternal salvation.

The description of Jesus in the Book of Revelation is much different from the one found on the Mount of Transfiguration. The Book of Revelation sees Jesus as the Son of man coming for judgment, but on the Mount it was Jesus as the Son of God holding Grace and Salvation. It’s not two Jesus’, but one Jesus with duties for two Seasons. We have conditions in the Will, the "little flock" have certain provisions relating to Judgment, yet they are divided from the Day, thus we are children of the Day, we are not children of the Night, nor of Darkness (I Thess 5:5). 

A Testate has a legal valid Will established before death, but effective after death, the Executor of the Will makes sure all the provisions are performed so the heirs can gain the inheritance. The Holy Ghost is the Executor, the Father is the Probate Judge, but if one rejects, violates, challenges, or brings a different Will into the Court they must face the Judge. The enemies of Jesus attempt to change the Will by bringing their own personal agenda, then calling it the Will, as Judas did. The Seal on the Will is the legal mark identifying the property proclaimed by the owner. The seal (token) of the Holy Spirit protects us, enabling us to bring the Gospel with authenticity; however, the opened seals on the Will release the seven angels to bring the entire inheritance to God. The Remnant are sealed by the mark of God, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, there is a difference between a direct connection with the Spirit, and a mark of mercy provided by God. A Token or Seal is like a signature, the rainbow is God’s signature relating to the promise made to Noah, circumcision of the flesh is man’s signature relating to the Abrahamic Covenant, keeping the sabbath day is man’s signature to keeping the Law of Moses, our water baptism is our signature of agreement to the conditions regarding the Cross, yet the baptism with the Holy Ghost is the signature of Jesus relating to building us into the Church. The Will of Jesus was opened at the Cross, then made available by the Resurrection and Sacrifice, but it contains one main proviso, one element making it different from all the wills of man. In order to obtain from the Will of Jesus, one must be dead. This death is not a physical death as such, but a death based on imputing the flesh dead by the Cross of Jesus, in order to reach Resurrection Power to make us legal heirs with Christ. The Spirit is the proof of the New Covenant, thus the New Covenant is the Will of Jesus being granted to those who Believe.

There are stages of being an heir, each with provisions. If we are children of God, then we are heirs, then heirs of God, then joint-heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17). This is a process of growth, but growth comes by having the Spirit (Rom 8:1 & 8:11-15). Each provision was presented with the proviso of our faith in the One who originally read the Will. Since this is a Covenant relationship it depended on mutual vows, God made His vows, we make ours. The provisions hold all the Could Be's, with the Will Be's. In each case the one who inherits must lay claim to the inheritance in order to receive. The Will is like the glass of water before the dying man, if we don't reach for it, we can die of thirst while looking at our deliverance. Even our legal system holds the same premise as a type and shadow, one could inherit a million dollars, yet never claim it, if not claimed, they lose it.

Can we have certain attributes in us, even if we don't believe we do? Yes, they are waiting for the Permission from the one who is the heir to the inheritance. The New Man is the Spirit, the very Token showing we are heirs, thus our Spirit (New Man) bears witness with the Spirit of God. Romans 12:6-20 tells us each person who has the Spirit has certain attributes as actions (Charisma) of Grace (Charis); all of which are in the Born Again believer to assist them in helping the members of the Body. I Corinthians 12:7-11 relates to the Manifestation of the Spirit, they are areas in the Born Again believer to assist anyone, whether in or out of the Body. There are many clauses in the Will, we have more benefits than one can imagine, yet they will not manifest until we accept them.

Some of us have to see things before we believe, whether it's some dove sitting in a tree, or a bunch of butterflies, or a face in a cloud, or something else, but Jesus said, "blessed are they who have not seen, yet have believed" (Jn 20:29). If we want to be Blessed, we must believe, not walk around looking for signs so we can believe. Signs follow a believer, signs don't make one a believer.

To make sure we have help in all this Jesus gave gifts unto men to fill the offices of the Lord, known as the five-fold ministry (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher). The purpose of the five fold ministry is to build the saints, do the work of the ministry, and edify the Body, all of which helps the Body. Jesus said the work of the ministry was; "go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely you have received, freely give", these were requirements for having one's sins forgiven on earth by the Mercy of God before Grace came by the Blood of Jesus (Matt 10:7-8). It's interesting the "saving of the soul" wasn't included in the "work of the ministry". Ahh, a mystery, Grace is for the saving of the soul, the work of the ministry is for reconciliation.

We also have to notice Jesus said "at hand", not "in hand", thus the Kingdom was being presented, but there remained another effort by Jesus before it could be in hand, the Resurrection. The declaration by the Spirit of Holiness regarding Jesus as the Son of God by the Resurrection is the same Seal we obtain. The Holy Spirit declares us sons of God, while in the process of making us sons of God.   

The Gospel isn't preached until the latter part of the command is completed, we can't begin without the foundation of Mercy, but we can't win without the Spirit. The main legacy (Gift) of the Will is Grace, which includes the New Birth. The New Birth is the provision to enter the adoption process, the means to move us from one family order to another, with the ability to leave all the curses and darkness behind. If one is a servant, or in the process of adoption they are not considered an heir until they are Begotten by the Gift of the Holy Ghost; however, once they reach a secured family position, they are entitled to the same provisions as the Begotten, making them a "joint-heir" with Christ. Does it mean we get to rule the world, and make people do as we want? Hardly, it means we have the ability and nature to do as Jesus did.

Jesus said, our traditions make the Word of God of no effect (without power - Mark 7:13). He also said, "Man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word (Rhema) proceeding out of the mouth of God", faith comes by hearing, and the hearing by the Rhema (Matt 4:4 & Rom 10:17). Since the Bible is the Inspired document, we tend to call it "the Word of God", but the Bible defines Jesus as the Word (Logos), the Rhema relates to Life and Spirit (Jn 6:63): therefore, Faith comes when our ears are centered on the things of Life, it doesn’t mean we have Life, rather our ears are centered on Life. Once we accept the Cross with the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we gain the Seed, which becomes Word in us fully able to save our souls (James 1:21).

The Bible is the Rule Book, but it’s also the written Will of God given by the voice of the Holy Ghost. However, God gives us more words coupled with the Bible by the Spirit as a provision of being in the Family, thus we of the Faith Hear the Rhema. Paul Read the Scriptures, but faith came when he saw Life in the words. Ears who hear sounds are as common as the sand, but ears who hear what the Spirit says are rare indeed. Ears can hear written words, but they hear them as the Spirit guides them into Truth. When the written word appears to come alive, it’s the Spirit breathing the breath of life on the words, thus our Rhema ears heard, causing faith to be received. God spoke in various ways in days past, but in this Season He speaks to us through His Son (Heb 1:2), the New Man is the voice of the Lord.

The Spirit takes each one of us on an adventure through the Bible, where we find there is no confusion, but a series of Truths opening up to new Truths. Those Truths feed the New Man, causing us to grow. The Scriptures mean what they say, the interpretation tells us Why they were written, the Holy Ghost doesn't change the context, or surface meaning of the Scripture. The Holy Ghost applies the Scripture to the event we are facing at the moment. The same Scripture could fit our event, the event of another, or perhaps another event yet to come. It doesn’t change the meaning, it means we are taught as the Holy Ghost teaches us by comparing spiritual to spiritual. Of course there are the doubters and pouters attempting to erode our foundation by questioning the Bible, completing the challenge, “has God really said?”. However, the Word in us is fully able to separate the intent from the thought giving us clarity in the event.    

We have One Gospel written by four scribes with One Author. John's account spins around Mark 16:16-18, pointing to the Doctrine Of Baptisms, which includes many baptisms within the One Baptism. It's not one over another, rather the Body of Christ is the only element on the earth who have the God granted legal right to baptize people in water, but only Jesus can baptize us with the Holy Ghost and fire. We know the word One in reference to One Baptism, means components making the total; thus there is One Baptism, which is made up of components, matching the Doctrine of Baptisms.

We know about the phrase "Great Commission" found in the last verses of Matthew, also the term, "Commission" points to the last verses in Mark, but like the word One, they make up parts of what one could call the Commission of Christ. Some proclaim John's account is the builder of faith, but the word "Faith" never appears in his account; he does use the word Believe more times than Paul used it in all his letters, including the Book of Hebrews. Mark's account says if we are baptized and continue to believe, we shall be saved, John builds on the concept, showing we must be Born Again, in the Body, then we continue to believe (Jn 3:16-17). Luke writes to a teacher, linking phrase to phrase, expanding on the command, "deny the self". Luke says both Matthew and Mark were known and believed (Luke 1:1), then he adds information to assist the teacher. Luke shows Jesus said, "For I tell you, many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them" (Luke 10:24). From Luke 10:24 until Luke 19:28 we read those things as a teacher would see them, not as an historian would (Luke 9:23-24, 14:26-27 & 18:27). Placing Luke 10:24 through 19:28 in a chronological or historical time frame removes the reward of the teacher. Luke uses phrases such as, In a certain place, or At a certain time, or A certain person, with the intent of linking the teachings together no matter when they were taught. From Luke 10:24 to 19:28, nearly every word is attributed to Jesus, then grouped into the three areas of Deny the Self, Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus. 

Mark is the only one who says, "the beginning of the Gospel", yet he doesn't limit his account as the only Gospel. Mark's account is given second, yet it does his say “the beginning”, it was also written first, ahh a mystery. The Holy Ghost placed the accounts in a certain manner to accomplish many tasks. The Holy Ghost uses whom He will to place Order as He sees it to benefit the Saint. The Gospel is a type of historical record, but we can’t limit it to history alone, it holds mysteries in the Holy Ghost. One of the proofs of how the Holy Ghost is the Author is the placement of the accounts; logic and reasoning would have placed Mark first, then Matthew, then Luke, then John, but the Holy Ghost arranged the accounts assuring us He is the Author.  

The four accounts all join together, they are not separate, neither are they "the Gospel according to the men"; it's the Gospel according to the Holy Ghost, written by four scribes. It's stupid to say, "we have only one Gospel", then turn right around and say, "Matthew's Gospel", it's not Matthew's Gospel, it's the Gospel of Christ, Matthew is one of the four scribes. We then find a mystery, since Matthew is the first, we also find his account is the only one talking about the kingdom of heaven, also showing the kingdom of heaven has both good and bad. Matthew is written to the seed and root; whereas, Mark is written to the Blade, thus when we become a Blade the Gospel begins to take effect (Mark 4:28). Luke is written to the teacher, John giving us a firm foundation for our belief, making John the encouraging account, as it tells us what Jesus did during the forty day wilderness experience, it also fills in gaps giving us Hope, thus John is the evidence we need to retain our Continual Belief. 

Some of us have been told, "Anything backward is witchcraft"; however, it doesn't matter if it's backward, forward, side ways, or upside down, it's the intent making it witchcraft. Using wicked means to reach what we assume is a Godly result is just as much witchcraft as putting pins in a doll. If we take the backward thought to it's limit, none of us would go back to our first love, nor would we back our car out of the garage in the morning.  We would build everything so we are always going forward, or have the “reverse” gear removed from our vehicle. The Spirit in us separates the intent and thought, exposing the intent. Some things are backward and witchcraft; one is going back to the world after coming to Christ. However, another type of witchcraft is reaching into the Night and attempting to pull it into the Day, thus backward or forward it's the intent determining if it's witchcraft.

There are other things backward void of witchcraft; Mark wrote his account first, thus his account clearly shows it's the beginning of the Gospel, yet it's placed second in order, or backward. None of the accounts are in alphabetical order, unless we know alphabetically the name, John comes before Luke, Luke before Mark, and Mark before Matthew. The Holy Ghost placed the first four books in the New Testament alphabetically backward, then took the fifth book which starts with an A (Acts), and placed it after the first four. Then He placed the first two backward according to the time they were written. If we assume everything backward is witchcraft, we're stuck with the premise of the Holy Ghost involved in witchcraft, which means the Record of the Father, Word and Holy Ghost is witchcraft. Silly? Some of our reasoning tends to be. Rather than look for witchcraft, we should be looking for Jesus.

The Holy Ghost shows us the intent so we can discern, rather than having us running about in fear yelling, "New Age, New Age", every time we see a car back out of a parking place. Fear makes us run from truth, but faith makes us use the truth, the only thing new about the New Age, is our fear of it. 

Some run to manuscripts lacking verses, but the manuscript is only one leg of the test. One must search for other evidences, many of the things said and done by the disciples were not written down until years later to preserve them. In many Codex and Documents we find the people of the time were making mention of the events and sayings. A good translator takes into account the things said by those of the time, by using all the evidence we gain truth, but anyone can deny Scripture, then find an excuse to support their unbelief. Our goal is to live to the title Believer, by seeking reasons to believe. 

The Gospel is written in such a way the natural minded man must make some excuse for his unbelief. The over zealous scribe is one excuse, but it places the Bible in the hands of man, the old "what he really meant to say was...", is another. These men were moved by the Holy Ghost to bring us the actual events, the intent of the events, the purpose of the events, why the events took place, the clarity in reference to our stage of growth as it relates to the event. Matthew uses one experience calling it the kingdom of heaven, Mark uses the same event, but calls it the Kingdom of God, Luke uses the same, but goes deeper into the intent and purpose, by using different words, but they are all based on the same event. The accounts give us the Holy Ghost granting knowledge, understanding and wisdom viewed from different perspectives, depending on ones growth, thus two people see the same event, yet depending on their knowledge and experience, they will gain different perspectives, but it's still the same event, or verse. It's not one person debating the event with another, but scribes viewing the same event from different aspects of growth as the Holy Ghost moved them. Got it? Good, because it’s how we are going to study them.

Paul said, the Gospel doesn't come in word only, but in power with much assurance of the Holy Ghost (I Thess 1:5). It takes the Holy Ghost to present the Gospel, only He can present it with effectiveness, because He is the Author. We are called to defend The Faith, but how can we defend The Faith, if we're not in The Faith? How can we give a witness, if we lack the True witness? How can we claim to be a Believer, if our theology is laced with unbelief? Any court will tell us the best evidence is the eye witness, we have the unique opportunity to have the Eye Witness as our New Heart. One can talk about the Bible, or talk about Jesus, or talk about Jehovah, but in each area they are giving their opinion based on their limited natural thinking. In a court it would be giving hearsay evidence, which is never considered reliable, or acceptable, the basis of heresy is what someone thinks happened. The New Man is a direct product of Christ, thus the New Man has the experience to bring the Witness. We must make the decision to enter the Commission of Christ by accepting the methods God has for our salvation. 

All four accounts give us the Commission (Assignment) Of Christ, showing why it's important to keep our Vows as we follow Jesus in a lawful manner. Since God does all things with a purpose, there must be a purpose for the accounts being in their specific order. John's account doesn't show the Ascension of Jesus, and neither does Matthew really, but both Mark and Luke do. Luke says the disciples were taken as far as Bethany, where Jesus lifted His hands and blessed them (Luke 24:50). Mark shows after the Lord spoke to the disciples, He was received up into heaven (Mark 16:19). Without the blade (Mark) we won't understand the Ascension, without the teacher (Luke) we can't reach the power of the Resurrection. The Believer (John) gives us the power to believe in the name of Jesus, yet without the Seed (Matthew) we wouldn’t understand the Authority granted.

Paul used phrases, concepts and wording from all four accounts, as did Peter, James and Jude, as well as, many early church fathers. These men raised the dead, healed the sick, and preached with authority, none of them used the phrases, "over zealous scribe", or "what Moses meant to say was....", they believed in God’s integrity, with their faith in God. Jesus didn’t tell the devil, “well I think it is written”, or “as it is translated correctly it is written”, or “what Moses meant to say was”; the integrity of God is found in His Character, thus the Bible is a mark of God’s integrity. Are there those who would change the Scriptures? Yes, but they are tampering with God’s integrity, not real smart on their part.  

Peter denied the Lord three times, but without all four accounts, we will fail to see Jesus warned Peter three times of the events yet to come. We will also fail to see Peter said Jesus was the Son of God, but later added Jesus was the Christ, then Peter heard the wrong voice, and came up with "pity Yourself Lord". One minute hearing from the Father, the next from the natural mind, yet Peter was unable to discern the difference between the revelation from the Father and his own soulish desires. Until the Day of Pentecost when he received Power from on High, the Power changed him considerably.

The reasoning of Peter sounded so much like the revelation, he was unable to discern the difference. In truth he didn’t know he had a revelation until Jesus told him, just as he didn’t know the source of  “be it far from Thee Lord” until Jesus told him. Yet Peter walked on water, cast out devils, healed the sick, and did many wonderful works. The New Birth is the connection to know the Lord, rather than talk about Him. All these events lead us to understand how the mind of man without the Spirit jumps from the revelation to "the things of man" in a heartbeat. Peter's wilderness broke him, but it didn't destroy him. Before Jesus gave the Bread at the Last Passover, He Took, He Blessed, then He Broke (Matt 26:26). Paul said we are the Bread (I Cor 10:17), thus all of us in the hand of the Lord will be blessed, broken, then we become useful for the work of the ministry.

John's account shows the various feast days, including how Jesus cleaned out the temple during the first Passover feast of His earthly ministry (Jn 2:16), then He taught on the living Bread during the second Passover (Jn 6:4 & 6:32-40). Mark shows how Jesus cleaned out the temple a second time toward the end of the earthly ministry. Each event adds to the other; the first cleaning drove out the impulse to make gain from the things of God, especially the Dove (Spirit), the next Passover introduced the Bread of Life, then on the third Passover came the cleaning of the temple, because it became a den of thieves.

Some say John doesn’t even speak of the Wilderness experience, but we will find John speaks more on the Wilderness than the other accounts. John shows how there were two cleanings of the Temple; the first cleaning produced the saying, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up", which was twisted and used against Jesus during the trials (Matt 27:40, 27:63, Mark 15:29 & Jn 2:19). Jesus made a truthful statement, then proved it true, but was mocked for it. Any of us can find ourselves in the same predicament, we have choices in how we respond. We can react by self-justification, or respond by allowing the Lord to prove the truth.

Peter trusted in his own arm when he told Jesus, "Although all shall be offended, yet will not I", he meant it, he was willing to die in a good fight (Mark 14:29). Peter was the only one in the Garden who stood with Jesus, it was Peter who cut the ear off Malchus. Peter wasn't taking aim at the man's ear, rather he took dead aim at the man's head (Jn 18:10). However, the Love of Jesus prevented two men from being on trial, Peter found the Truth of Mercy going beyond the mental limits of natural man. How could anyone love someone who is falsely accusing them, yet not only love them, but reach out to heal them? Peter had one concept of "Love not your life unto the death", but Jesus was going to show Peter the manner one really denies the self.

When Peter saw the Mercy pouring out of Jesus during those horrid events, he knew no man could confess Jesus in the same manner as Jesus was confessing the Father. Peter wanted to do something for Jesus and failed, later he was converted and restored, but Judas set out to do something against Jesus for personal gain and found a piece of rope. Although both repented, the type of repentance, and the reasons for repentance were different, the results were very different. 

When Jesus told Peter, "you will deny Me", Peter told the Lord, "not so Lord" or "Lord, You don't know me". How many of us said, "Lord You don't understand"? When Peter denied Jesus it was before small groups of no more than two or three people. We can deny Jesus before one or two, and be just as guilty as one who denies Him before fifty thousand. When Peter corrected the Lord, he didn't understand the purpose of prophecy. Jesus gave Peter comfort in the phrase, "when you are converted, strengthen your brethren" (Luke 22:32). The word Converted means, Turned Around Again. Jesus didn’t say, “if you are”, it was “when your are”, meaning it would happen.

The last chapter in John's account is for any of us who need to be converted so we can strengthen others. The conversion changed Peter's confession from "not so Lord", to "Lord You know all things" (Jn 21:17). Peter's experience brought clarity to his limited ability, but like any of us, we can place our minds on our limits and miss what Jesus is telling us. Peter attempted to save the Lord by his own efforts, the conversion of Peter promised “another comforter”. Peter went from one extreme to the other, from the place where he put too much emphasis on his ability, to the place where he put none. In the last chapter of John we find Jesus converting Peter to the place where he can strengthen his brothers, but Peter was denying the call. As we will see, Peter knew his weakness, but he was also denying the ability of Jesus.

John shows Jesus at the sea shore, telling us this was the third time Jesus appeared to the disciples after the Resurrection (Jn 21:14). The disciples were fishing, but not for a vacation, they really went fishing as an occupation. The location is the Sea of Tiberias, both Mark and Luke say the Ascension was just outside of Bethany (Luke 24:50), several miles south of Tiberias. This meeting on the sea shore is several days before the Ascension, Luke tells us Jesus was with the disciples forty days after the Resurrection (Acts 1:3). Pentecost is 50 days after Passover, or 49 days past the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Jesus being in the grave for three days and with the disciples forty days, leaves seven days, which are accounted for in the Bible. During those seven days, Jesus went before the Father and gave the greatest Sacrifice of all time. Jesus did it for us, but at the same time proved none of us can equal the faith, ability, or efforts of Jesus; therefore, we have access by His Faith, since His Faith provided the Sacrifice. If we assume we have access by our measure of faith, we error, since our faith was designed to receive the Sacrifice, not give it. However, we do give sacrifices, after receiving the Sacrifice. We give ourselves as a living sacrifice, we also give the sacrifice of praise. However, none of our “sacrifices” are possible until we receive the Sacrifice of Jesus.     

There was a specific reason why Mary wasn't allowed to touch Jesus on the Resurrection day, and why Thomas was commanded to some eight days later (Jn 20:17, 20:26-27, & Luke 24:39). Something happened during those seven days which changed "touch Me not", to "handle Me and see", producing the saying, "Your throne, O God, is forever" (Heb 1:8). Hebrews 1:8 makes more sense when we read Psalm 45 and see, "all Your garments smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia" (Ps 45:6-8). The word for God in Psalm 45 is Elohiym, thus Elohiym called the Son Elohiym. Jesus saved us from the world as the Son of man, the Resurrection proved, or declared Him as the Son of God (Rom 1:3-4), then He opened the door so the Holy Ghost could bring the Gift of the Spirit. Jesus operated as the Son of man in Mercy, the Son of God by granting us Grace, as God the Son by maintaining the Kingdom.

It doesn’t mean Jesus was not the Son of God before the Resurrection, only the declaration by the Spirit came at the Resurrection, indicating we are only sons of God by the same Spirit of Holiness. The Word was God, the Word took on flesh to become the Son of Man, then went to the Cross as the Son of man, He will return to Judge as the Son of Man. Never giving up His position as the Word, or the Son of God, but putting them aside to accomplish for us, something none of us could. How could Jesus die on the Cross as the Son of God, if none of us were sons of God? It would take the Son of man, to stand for mankind. The Resurrection Declared Jesus the Son of God by the Spirit of Holiness, showing us the power of the Resurrection is the place where we gain the Spirit to make us sons of God (Rom 1:3-4, Jn 1:13, Heb 9:7-8, 9:14-24 & 9:28).

The Bible tells us a sacrifice, as well as the priest who offers the sacrifice are holy, and no one can touch a holy thing and live (Numb 4:15). The priest shall be consecrated, outside the temple for seven days (Ex 29:30 & 29:35). Therefore, Mary couldn't touch Jesus, nor could anyone else for a period of seven days. However, in Matthew we see they “held Him by the feet”, but it’s metaphoric, then defined in John’s account. John uses a word meaning to Touch, but it’s not the same word Matthew uses. Rather we find the disciples at the time lacked the ability to worship in Spirit and Truth, thus they were holding the feet of Jesus by their unbelief, yet they worshipped Him from their natural minds. Mark clears it up by showing how Jesus upbraided the disciples with their unbelief, thus Matthew shows one can worship Jesus, yet hold unbelief. Thomas worshiped Jesus only after seeing, thus worship is admiration, but we can worship the Lord, yet hold unbelief. They didn’t want Jesus to leave, they feared the future, they wanted Jesus with them as their security. They didn’t understand how they had Authority, or how Jesus ascending would grant them Another Comforter from the Comforter. They had Authority, but unless Jesus went to the Father they would not receive Power from on High.

Mary was informed by Jesus to tell the disciples, "go into Galilee and there shall they see Me" (Matt 28:10). We know Jesus appeared in the house in Jerusalem, not in Galilee, thus the Command given and the performance of the disciples to the Command were different. Therefore, the command went forth, the disciples didn't. Jesus had to appear to counter their unbelief before the Sacrifice could be given, thus they were binding Jesus to the earth by holding His feet, the Greek word means to Capture, or Hold by force. The Father was waiting for the Sacrifice, yet Jesus was bound to this earth by the unbelief of the disciples. Until belief entered the hearts of the disciples, the Sacrifice couldn't take place; therefore, the disciples were binding their freedom to the earth, and bound heaven from them. They needed to loose their unbelief, by entering Belief, thus Jesus appeared to them to give them the foundation to Believe (Luke 24:25 & Jn 20:27-29).

Mark says, "afterward He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and upbraided them with their unbelief"; He didn't upbraid them for their unbelief, rather He was bound to the earth because of their unbelief, thus the hardness of their own hearts was stopping the entire process. How could it? He died for them, not for Him. They believed not them which had seen Him raised (Mark 16:14). Not only didn't they believe Jesus was raised, but they didn't obey the command to go to Galilee. From this we see why it's so important to believe Jesus was raised from the dead; we can't enter the Sacrifice without belief.

Once the Sacrifice was given, the Father said, "let all the angels of God worship Him" (Heb 1:6) with, "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom" (Heb 1:8). Taking this to "the hour comes, and now is, when the True Worshipers shall Worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth" (Jn 4:23), we find the Sacrifice in heaven opened the Door allowing us to be Born Again messengers (angels) who are able to worship in Spirit and Truth, by the Spirit of Truth (I Jn 4:1-4). Adding this to the premise we find we can worship Jesus, yet without the Spirit of Truth we can still bind Him by our unbelief.

We seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, Jesus holds both. When Jesus said Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, He was speaking as the Son of man, not the Son of God, or God the Son. The position dictated the tenses and personage in the phrase. The same is true when He said not even the Son knows the Hour or Day, because He returns as the Son of man, not the Son of God. We know everything Jesus as the Son of man knows, but we don't know everything Jesus as the Son of God knows, surely we don't know everything Jesus as God the Son knows. We are told all things relating to us, with some things relating to others in order to help them, but it doesn't mean we have the "mind of the Lord". It does mean we have the Mind of Christ, as we are instructed by the Mind of the Lord (I Cor 2:16). Wait, it’s the same thing isn't it? No, the Mind of Christ is the Anointing, the Mind of the Lord is the Mind of Jesus.  

When the Sacrifice was given, the Street was complete, the Door to the sheepfold was open. Paul said, Jesus first descended into the lower parts of the earth, yet Jesus was buried in a ground level tomb (Eph 4:9). Peter said, the Body of Jesus could see no corruption, nor could the soul of Jesus be kept in hell (Acts 2:27). Paul also said Jesus descended, ascended and then ascended far above all heavens (Eph 4:10). Jesus first descended to defeat the devil, taking the keys of death and hell, then He ascended to take captivity captive (Cloud of Witnesses) to the altar of God, where He gave the Sacrifice, then returned to be with the disciples forty days. Then He Ascended to His position far above the heavens, all this is the First Coming of Jesus.  Then the Holy Ghost came with the Gift of the Spirit, He also gave the Apostles commandments. One of the functions of the office of Apostle is to give Commandments.

When Jesus begins His return He will stop in the Air to receive the Dead in Christ, then after the 1,000 years He returns as the Son of man for judgment, thus the First Coming gave us all the elements of salvation, opening the door to heaven, but the Second Coming brings judgment. The First Coming provided us the means to be Tabernacles of Salvation, but Judgment comes from the Temple, thus Paul said the Corinthians were the Temple of God, rather than the Tabernacle. He also told them to pray their works get them through the Fire. 

By using all the accounts, we discover Mary and the other women went to the tomb where they found the stone rolled away. Mary ran to Peter and John and told them the tomb was empty. Peter and John ran to the tomb, where John saw the grave clothes and believed, but Peter went back to the house (Jn 20:9-10). Mary remained at the tomb where she saw the angels, one at the door of the tomb (Matt 28:1-2), and one inside (Mark 16:5), but Mary saw them as men rather than angels (Luke 24:4). Mary thought they moved the Body of Jesus after hearing, "why do you look for the living among the dead", convincing her someone removed the Body of Jesus, until she saw Jesus. After seeing Jesus and hearing, "go tell them and Peter", she ran and told Peter again, only this time she told them she saw the Lord. Mary was told to tell Peter specifically, thus he was given his second chance to believe. Peter still failed to receive the prophet in the name of the prophet, missing the prophet's reward. Again Peter ran to the tomb, but found it empty, then he walked away "wondering in himself" or questioning the words of Mary (Luke 24:12). Then the two witnesses saw Jesus, after they reported to Peter how Jesus appeared and talked to them along the road (Luke 24:33-34). Peter now had three chances to believe the Lord was raised from the dead, he was told three times he would deny the Lord, he did so. Peter didn't make one mistake, or three, he made several, yet his intent was not to fail, rather he really wanted to serve the Lord, but knew he lacked what it took to stand for Jesus in the same manner as Jesus stood for the Father, especially in those times of pressure.

The Greek has several words for the English word Love, there is a difference between Agape love, Agapao love, and Phileo love. Phileo is a brotherly love, yet the  Father Phileoed the Son (Jn 5:20); Jesus said the Father Phileos us, because we Phileo Jesus (Jn 16:27). This same Phileo love, is the foundation for the Church of Philadelphia, their Phileo love will be the little strength they need. Jesus also Phileoed the Laodiceans, which was enough to rebuke them (Rev 3:19). Agape as an entity is God, thus God is Agape, but Agape love is a love always working to benefit another regardless of the cost to the one who is granting the love; Agape is always self-less, or completely void of self-desires, thus God is the only one who can Agape, yet the Seed of God is like unto God. Agapao is based in some joy of the one who is granting the love, God so Agapao the world, He gave, but man Agapao darkness rather than light (Jn 3:16 & 3:19).

The Greek Agape is only found in revealed religion, it’s often translated as Charity, the Old English word Charity means grating someone benevolence without asking a return, or granting beyond the call of normal duty to see others cared for. The differences in the meanings of Love give us some insight to the conversion of Peter. Peter felt he was very strong, but found he was weak in many areas he never considered. However, he allowed the weakness to overtake him. In John's account we find Jesus standing on the shore, as the disciples return from fishing (Jn 21:1-3). Peter felt he was still one of the boys, but he wasn't sure about being one of the Apostles, his feeling was he missed it, especially when Jesus separated him by saying “tell the disciples and Peter". Peter was separated from the position, but did it mean Jesus would leave him out of the calling? No, this one chapter shows any of us can slip, but it doesn't mean we're shut out.

When Peter went fishing, it wasn't a vacation, rather he returned to his old line of employment, adding another mistake. Perhaps some of us are still questioning our position based on some of the things we have done. This last chapter of John gives us the hope of knowing Jesus doesn't give up on us. There is a purpose and a reason for many of the things we call bad, often the purpose is very good. Jesus knew Satan would sift (gut punch) Peter, He knew the many times Peter would slip; however, Jesus never moved to stop it, showing the event as horrid as it might seem to Peter at the moment was the means to bring Peter to a place to be useful.

At this point in time these men had the protection of Mercy through the forgiveness of sins, yet they were told to the prerequisite to receiving the Holy Ghost was to forgive, or remit sins done onto them (Acts 1:8, Jn 20:22 & Mark 11:22-27). John 20:22 is often called the Ingress Aires from Majesty on high, but we will only understand the Ingress Aires From the Latin Ingressus Aeris, we use the more accepted and simpler term “Ingress Aires” (Jn 20:22). Right after Jesus breathed on the disciples He said, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost”, but did they receive the Holy Ghost then? If so what about Pentecost? The answer is in the phrase, the English word Ingress comes from the Latin Ingressus, meaning Granting or Giving Permission to enter. The word used in the Greek is Emphusao meaning “to breathe upon”, which is a verb, yet either of the Greek nouns (Pnoe or Pneuma) were used, this verb is only used in John 20:22. If the verb Empneo was used, then we could say Jesus breathed Into the disciples, but the use of Emphusao is specific, meaning Upon. If the Greek Pneuma would have been used, then certainly this was the granting of the “Spirit” (Pneuma), but it was not, thus the Breathing was granting Permission for the disciples to receive the Holy Ghost, then the Power by the Gift of Grace on Pentecost, with the prerequisite condition to forgive sins done unto them, showing the Unity of prayer on the day of Pentecost. The breath of Jesus is on everyone who enters the Body, but it is not the Indwelling, since it was “on” the disciples. Yet it gave them an ability to remit sins done unto them. The purpose of the breath was defined in John 20:23; as they were told to remit sins, but this is not going about telling people “God forgives you, go in peace”, this is remitting sins done unto them, connecting to Mark 11:22-26. This is an act of Mercy to receive the baptism with the Holy Ghost. If we lack the ability to forgive, we need to ask Jesus for a fresh breath to cover us. This was so important many of the early water baptisms included a saint breathing on the candidate, then laying hands on them for presentation unto the Lord so they could be baptized with the Holy Ghost. Peter understood the premise, but here he is being asked to forgive himself in order to learn from the experience. 

Of course the other side of the coin was the refusal to remit, to the Jew this was backward. Under the Law if we held unforgiveness the person we hold unforgiveness against had to make it right with us, of course the Law is for carnal minded people. Here Jesus says if we hold unforgiveness we have bound God’s Mercy in heaven, but if we loose the person then God will loose His Mercy on us.

If we attempt to make this the actual indwelling of the Holy Ghost we would be in error based on Scripture. Jesus just said “I send you”, but we find before they could Go, they had to Tarry for the Holy Ghost to “come upon” them (Acts 1:8). Since we find in John 20 they did not have the Spirit, giving them the Holy Ghost without also giving them the Power would be a violation of the procedure Jesus laid out in Acts 1:6-8. Next in Acts 2:4 we find when the Holy Ghost came the disciples spoke in other tongues, yet in John they didn’t speak. As Peter was preaching to Cornelius, the Holy Ghost fell on Cornelius, then Cornelius began to speak in tongues (Acts 10:46). Peter equated this to “baptized with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 11:15). Later when Paul laid hands on some disciples and the Holy Ghost came upon them they began to speak in other tongues and prophesy (Acts 19:6). Two signs related to the Spirit are tongues and prophecy (I Cor 14:1-22). Further, the Greek word used for “receive” in John 20:22 is Lambano, the meaning depends on the usage, in John 20 Jesus is teaching thus the Lambano is used in reference to receiving the teaching of the teacher (Jn 1:12, 5:43, 13:20, 14:17 et al). The Latin really helps, showing how the Breath of Jesus granted them ability, something all of us need, the ability to forgive the unforgivable in order to be prepared to receive the Holy Ghost in fullness.

This is a very important issue, demanding study time. These same disciples were not asked, they were commanded to forgive, but we all know there are those who fit “I can’t forgive them”. What then? Can we forgive them seven times? Nay, seventy times seven. How can we? In and of ourselves we can’t, but the Breath of Jesus is the power of the Mercy of God. It gives us the ability to Loose Mercy, so God’s Mercy can be Loosed on us. It becomes the prerequisite to having the fullness of the New Birth (Mark 11:25-26). If we lack Power in our Christian walk it’s because we have neglected to enter this area, thus if we lack the ability to forgive, we know the breath of Jesus is sufficient. From this point on when we speak of the “Ingress Aires”, you will know what we are referring to.

We must make the separation between forgiveness (Mercy), and the baptism for the remission of sins (Grace), as well as, between a living soul and a quickening spirit.  They are joined in the concept of Salvation, but they are also separated as the Rock and Church are. God breathed into Adam, then Adam gained the “breath of life”, but his ability to remain in life was found in the external Tree of Life. When Adam was separated from the Tree of Life, death entered, yet he continued to exist. In John we find a much different situation, the disciples were still under the old nature, but Jesus granted them permission to receive the Holy Ghost by allowing them to move to a position higher than the one Adam held. They wouldn’t need to run around looking for the Tree of Life, their Life was in the New Birth, making them the spiritual Tree.

Whether we know it or not, the second we accepted the Cross of Jesus, the breath of Christ is upon us. Then the Commission to “receive ye the Holy Ghost” is also upon us. The Cross is not the finish of the race, but there is no race without it. Our Commission is written for us, it begins with John's Account. John's Account shows the disciples fished all night and caught nothing (Jn 21:3). As they approached the shore, Jesus called out, "Children, have you any meat?" (Jn 21:5). The time and location are different from Luke 24:41; here they are by the shore, but in Luke's account they were in the house, thus Luke points to a different date (Luke 24:41-43).

The first time Jesus appeared to the disciples was the night of the Resurrection. Then eight days later was the second appearance, when Jesus told Thomas and the other disciples to touch Him. John gives us the third time or the morning of the ninth day, or the beginning of the forty days Jesus would be with them prior to the Accession. Their answer to Jesus' question was a sound, NO, showing their frustration (Jn 21:5). Prior Jesus said, these men would be fishers of men, now they are looking back to the ways of the world to obtain their need. 

There are 153 blessings in the Abrahamic Covenant, Peter had to make his choice between holding the Abrahamic Covenant, or serving Jesus. If one engages in the Abrahamic Covenant they must comply with the Law of Moses as well, since one was incorporated into the other by the token of circumcision of the flesh. All this is still after the Ingress Aires, thus the Ingress Aires provided them the ability to remit sins done unto them so they could seek the Holy Ghost. Here Jesus is confirming what shortly will happen, thus showing the breath of Jesus didn’t grant them the New Birth, it granted them permission to receive the New Birth (Jn 21:18).

Prior Peter heard, "deny himself", then he heard, "you will deny Me", thus like most of us when he heard “deny yourself” he said, “But Lord I have”, when he denied the Lord, he found he had not denied the self, rather he was in the process of attempting to save it. It’s not to belittle Peter, rather it shows he lacked the ability, his experience shows us we too lack the ability until we receive the Spirit. There are many religions who do all sorts of acts of self-righteousness presuming they are “denying the self”, yet they are enforcing the self nature, not denying it. To deny the self is an act of death, it takes the Cross of Jesus, not religious exercises. 

Peter had the information prior to the Cross, proved it by saying, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (Rhema) of life" (Jn 6:68). It was the revelation the Father gave to Peter and the others at the time to secure the incentive to remain with Jesus. Peter didn't walk away then, why would he later? Peter hasn’t walked away, he was still there, but so was Jesus.

Jesus told them to cast their net to the right side of the boat (Jn 21:6). This lesson was both an old one, and a new one. The old lesson was to listen to Jesus, then do as He says, even if the circumstances appear hopeless. Jesus didn't say, "I called you to be fishers of men, get rid of the net", rather He provided them a choice. Within minutes Jesus gave them a net breaking catch of 153 fish. This catch is a prelude to a choice facing Peter within moments. The evidence before Peter would be clear, he was still unable, he was even failing at doing what he used to do best, thus the added incentive would be the 153 fish. He could continue where he was at, and Jesus would bless him, but he made the vow to continue on with Jesus, now his choice will determine his decision. The net was on one side of Peter, Jesus on the other. Many of our wilderness experiences are no different,  the element on one side, Jesus on the other.

Before Jesus asked Peter any questions, Jesus already knew Peter's answers, but Peter didn't, this test and restoration was for Peter. The disciples sat down to eat, Jesus not only prepared the meal, He did it with His catch. Here Peter had a net with more than enough, but Jesus had the need filled. There are times when "abundance" is not the blessing, the Need is. Our efforts to provide for our need may work, but Jesus already has the provision waiting, if we only ask. Jesus not only wants to provide for us, but He also wants us to trust in His ability to provide. It's not whether or not we are sitting and waiting for the ravens to bring our need, or whether or not the Lord has us working to meet our need, it's whether or not we are obeying the Lord in the endeavor. Peter was breaking his back pulling in the net, but Jesus was cooking the need (Jn 21:9). Jesus didn't use one of the 153 fish, He provided the Things from another source, it should be a clue to some of us who chase the blessing like a dog after a cat.  

The restoration and calling of Peter begins as Jesus says, "Simon son of Jonas, lovest (Agape) you Me, more than these" (Jn 21:15). The word "these" refers to the fish, as the fish represent the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant. Peter could have said, "Lord you know I love you, but I also love the fish, and they are part of the Abrahamic Covenant, and Abraham was promised these things by God Himself, You know", but Peter had to decide to reach further than receiving the blessing, he had to decide if he wanted to finish the race by being a blessing unto God. On one hand he could have the blessing, on the other he could be a blessing.

Peter desired the calling, but his past conduct was holding him back: for the first time, Peter admits his limitations. Admitting our limitations, and allowing them to hold us back are different. It didn't take long for Peter to turn his eyes from the net to Jesus. Peter heard Agape but answered, "Yes, Lord, You know I love (Phileo) you" (Jn 21:15). Peter knows his heart for the first time, he also knows his Phileo love wasn't enough to stand in the time of pressure. Peter saw the "old man", he didn't like what he saw, but what could he do about it? His Phileo love was enough to heal the sick, preach the Gospel, and sit at the table with Jesus, but it wasn't enough to face the pressure of affliction or the persecution for the Word’s sake.

From the English it would appear easy enough for Peter to mix the two types of love, but Jesus wasn't talking to Peter in English, Peter heard right, he answered based on what he knew to be a fact. Peter already experienced his love in action, he knew it failed him before, surely it would fail again. Here Jesus is talking directly to Peter, but Jesus didn't respond this time with, "Get you behind Me Satan", no this wasn't some Satan thinking Peter had, it was Fact. Peter knew man's Phileo love is good, but not good enough to deny the self, or follow Jesus. The Remnant have Phileo, they will keep the Commandments of God, but they will also be overcome.

Peter's puny faith put him on the water, but the same puny faith failed in the face of adversity, it almost killed him. Peter made his choice when he said, "Lord I Phileo You", thus the denial of the self was confessed. Peter loves the Lord, but his desire is to Agape the Lord, yet he knows the ability is missing. Many days prior Jesus told the disciples, "if any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life (Psuche), shall lose it, but whosoever will lose his life (Psuche) for My sake, the same shall save it" (Luke 9:23-24). When Peter reaches "Follow Me" the test will be complete, but the work just beginning.

Here we find the difference between Peter and Judas, Peter loved the Lord, based his decision of Phileo love. Judas loved Judas more than anyone, his decision was to benefit Judas above all else, thus Peter sought the Lord, Judas sought the power and blessing. Judas taking from the bag indicates he felt the Lord didn’t know all things, as part of his error it became the root of his failure.

Like Peter, far too many of us have made mistakes, then decided it was all over, or we allowed someone else to tell us it was all over, or we stopped somewhere along the path of Phileo failing to reach for Agape. Phileo love can still point to God, but Phileo only provides a little strength, it's not enough to maintain Grace, but with Grace comes Agape.

When God tells us our vision, we must agree with Him to see it complete. When Peter hears the vision Jesus has for him, it will be difficult for him to believe. Nonetheless Peter will end in agreement, as he makes the choice to believe beyond his natural ability. Peter still made mistakes after Pentecost, but God didn't remove him from the office of Apostle (Gal 2:7-16). When Paul confronted Peter, Paul didn't ask for Peter's papers, rather his intent was based in restoration.

Even after Peter answered with Phileo, Jesus says, "Feed My lambs" (Jn 21:15). Perhaps in Peter's mind he is thinking, Oh great, now I have a calling and no ability. The Greek here indicates taking the lambs (little ones) to the pasture of God so they can learn how to eat. This is a warning to Peter as well as a call; we never hinder the little ones, we encourage them to enter the pasture. Paul said, Forbid not to speak in tongues (I Cor 14:39), we do not stand in the way of others with rites, rules and carnal regulations. If the Lord gives us policies, we live by them, but self-imposed rules to control people is different.

David said, "The Lord is my Shepherd, He makes me to lay down in green pastures" (Ps 23:2). The pasture is the Bible, the place where we find Jesus, nothing builds us faster than making the decision to Believe. Perhaps this inquiry is all over with, the Lord knows Peter Phileos Him. Just maybe, Peter can sit down and eat. Not so, Jesus asks Peter a second time, "Simon son of Jonas, lovest (Agape) you Me?" (Jn 21:16). In this second question we don't see the wording "more than these"; the issue was settled when Peter answered the first question. In reference to this second question, Peter again says, "Yes Lord, You know I love (Phileo) You" (Jn 21:16). Jesus changed the question, but Peter used the same answer. Peter knew the promise, and assumed he had to wait until he was filled before he could believe. Jesus is telling him to believe, then he will receive. Peter believed he had Phileo, because he did. Jesus is asking him to reach beyond the premise, to believe he can also display and operate in the Agape Love of God. To Peter this would make little sense, after all he did have the past failure to show he couldn't, yet Jesus is telling him to believe he can.

In reference to the second question, Jesus tells Peter, "Feed My sheep" (Jn 21:16). This is somewhat different from the first statement of "Feed My lambs". This time Peter is told to feed the young men personally, rather than take them to a place to be fed. Although Peter's answer didn't change, his calling did. Peter was acting like a son of Jonah (Jonas), he kept attempting to hide in "the fish", but he couldn't get away from the calling, neither can we. Jesus keeps referring to Jonah (Jonas), telling Peter, "stop running son". Jesus is telling many of us, "stop running" accept the calling. The use of “Simon Son of Jonah” was a clue to Peter, but he was so involved his weakness, he couldn’t see the hope. Jonah was sent to a city in a nation who were enemies of the Jews, in essence Jonah was sent to the Gentiles, just as Peter would be. In Acts when Peter has his vision of what he thinks are unclean he will doubt at first (Acts 10:17), but the vision didn’t come one time, or twice, it came three times, a clue? Perhaps (Acts 10:16). In Acts Peter thinks it’s a test, he goes right back to “not so Lord” (Acts 10:14), thus he was Born Again, but it’s a Process (or did we say that?). If we make a mistake, we must learn from it, we don’t beat ourselves stupid because of it. Repent, learn, discern, but don’t burn.

Peter knows both the lambs and the sheep grow in the pasture; it's one thing to take them there, another to lead them through it. Here Peter is being told to train (disciple) the called, yet Peter knows he is not even a babe yet. This time Jesus uses the Greek Poimaino for the English word Feed, from Poimaino we get the word Pastor. Peter keeps saying, "I don't have what it takes", but Jesus keeps adding to the calling. This time Peter doesn't say, "You don't know Lord", but he is nonetheless attempting to hide from the calling. On the surface, or in the natural, it would appear as if Peter was right and Jesus wrong, but we know better, Jesus is looking at what will be, Peter is looking at what is.

Jesus says a third time, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest (Phileo) you Me?" (Jn 21:17). Jesus has now changed from Agape to Phileo, Peter was grieved because Jesus asked him the third time, "Phileo you Me". Peter wasn’t grieved by Jesus asking three questions, rather it was Jesus using the word Phileo the third time. We become grieved when Jesus upbraids us with our own unbelief. Peter does Phileo Jesus, it’s not the issue. Peter is holding unbelief in the area of Agape, which is the issue. This is not "Peter do you even Phileo Me"; rather Jesus is using Peter's own words. When Jesus uses our own words of unbelief, the upbraiding is upon us. This connects to the last verses in Mark, rather than all the disciples, this is Peter in reference to his calling.

Peter was holding to the present state of affairs, but unless he believes into the vision Jesus has for him, it will not come to pass. Jesus is reaching into the belly of the whale as He pulls Peter out of the hell of unbelief. Jesus is still looking to the potential which Peter will obtain on Pentecost, it's Peter who can't see it (Jn 21:17). Peter realizes Jesus knows all things, yet only God knows all things. We must prepare our heart for the seed to grow, Peter is now turning the soil. 

Many of us have said, "look at the things I have done, how can God use me?", or "I have denied Jesus three times, how can He forgive me?", or "I'm not smart enough to serve the Lord", or "I'm such a fool, how can Jesus use me?", or "I have really blown it this time, I don't see how I can go back to church, much less have Jesus use me", or the classic, "I have committed the unpardonable sin". The unpardonable sin is unpardonable since the one doing it never asks for Pardon. If we fear committing the unpardonable sin, it’s a sign we haven't. These comments all come from the belly of the whale, when we "cry by reason of our affliction", the Lord will hear, then we will sacrifice with the voice of thanksgiving soon finding ourselves on dry land again (Jonah 2:2-10).

Jesus used people most of us wouldn't talk to, but He took, cleaned, anointed and sent them forth. In each case Jesus began where the people were at, but He didn't leave them there. None of us are worthy, but Jesus takes us as the empty cup, cleans, and fills us with Living Water and His Blood making us worthy. The latter house is much better than the former.

Jesus tells Peter the third time, "Feed My sheep". This is a combination of the first and second statements. The word, Feed is the same Greek word Jesus used the first time, but now He couples it with the word Sheep, thus combining the first and second request into this third, clearly this is the Calling. Peter would later say, "feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint but willingly, not for filthy lucre but of a ready mind"; Peter learned his lessons well (I Pet 5:2). What would have been "filthy lucre" in this case? How about the 153 fish? Yes, the wording Filthy Lucre doesn't mean money alone, it means we don't care where we get it from, or the strings attached. One who takes filthy lucre will put their hand out to gain from the devil, just as fast as they do from God.

Jesus tells Peter, "Truly, truly, I say unto you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would.." (Jn 21:18a). This is a description of Peter's self-run life style, ours as well. Like Peter, when we were self run we did as we wanted, allowing our unsaved souls to guide us. This is not when Peter was a physical baby, since we know no baby “girds” their self. The word Young is the Greek Neos meaning Into existence, thus it doesn’t restrict itself to being a baby, rather it shows Peter in the beginning of the ministry. Peter was not Born Again at this time, his thinking was still carnal, some of his actions and words prove it. Jesus isn’t condemning him, He is making a statement of fact. It was the best Peter could do, but times were changing and a New Season was coming. The word “would” could also read “desired”, it comes from the Greek Theatrizo meaning a Display of ones self. From Theatrizo we get Theatrical, which defines Peter’s life style before Pentecost. 

Jesus continued with, "but when you shall be old, you shall stretch forth your hands and another shall gird you and carry you where you would not" (Jn 21:18b). The word “old” means mature, as an Elder, this is a promise to Peter. All this is again after Jesus gave them Permission to “receive ye the Holy Ghost”. The “another” or Another Comforter will change Peter completely, showing how the Spirit will guide Peter; he will no longer be guided by his self-nature (Jn 14:16). This confirms the “son of Jonah”, the place Peter would not go was the house of Cornelius proving it did come to pass.

Prior Peter felt he was incapable, but he failed to see Jesus is talking about being capable by a different source. Jesus is promising Peter Another Comforter will give him the ability to love others as Jesus loves him. Peter didn't miss the boat, his hope was found in Jesus, not the net. Peter will put his arms forward not to the side, showing the guidance of the Spirit by Peter’s submission. This is still a choice, Peter can reject it, but Jesus knows the decision Peter has made. Peter's choices reflect his decision, it didn't take him long to turn his back on the 153 fish and face Jesus.

Peter will later tell us, "knowing shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as the Lord has showed me" (II Pet 1:14). Here in John the Lord is telling Peter something, not showing him something. This is the type of “death”, it has nothing to do with physical death, it has to do with “denying yourself”. This death is when Simon dies and Peter lives. The same type of death we must all have in order to truly be Born Again .

This confirms how Jesus taught on many things before the Cross, but the ability to do them would not come until after the Cross. Some of us "hear", then think "we can", but there is a training time for us before the "do" takes place.

The word Follow in the phrase, "Follow Me" is the Greek Akoloutheo which is a compound word meaning A union of accompany, it means to walk in the same manner. This explains our measure of faith is to keep our footsteps in the tracks made by the Faith of Jesus.

There is only one calling, the Scripture don’t say, "gifts and callings", rather it says, "gifts and calling", yet there are steps in the Calling (Rom 11:29). One would think Peter would enjoy the Good News, he did, so much so he became extremely excited. He sees John, his best friend approaching, now Peter wants to find out what Jesus has for John. We know this is John by the description and the events in John 13:23-24 (Jn 21:20-21). Peter wasn't questioning Jesus, nor was he questioning or accusing John. Peter was taken back into the flock, ordained for a position, promised the Spirit, it would be no longer, "tell Peter and My disciples", but "Peter is My disciple". Peter would have a new courage beyond his old ability, instead of taking his sword, he will hold the Sword of the Spirit speaking words of Grace. Instead of cutting ears off, he will be speaking to ears eager to  hear. Peter grabs his best friend, he again wants to enter the Two By Two ministry. However, the concept will change, Peter will walk with the Holy Ghost by the Spirit. Jesus says, "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me" (Jn 21:22). This doesn't say John will tarry, it says "what if", much different. This shows us we can't compare where we are with Jesus by looking at what Jesus is doing with others. Instead of hearing the voices of men, or the voice of the stranger (old man) Peter will be able to "Hear ye Him".

Our first step to the Commission is found in John, the next is found in Luke. Luke 24:36-43, and Luke 24:44-52 are two different events. Luke 24:36-43 corresponds with John 20:26-29, this is found in the wording, location and references. Since the discovery of the Resurrection of Jesus was on a Sunday, and He appeared the second time a week later on a Sunday, the Church has used Sunday to show we have entered the Law of the Spirit, the Jew still holds Saturday as a sign of holding to the Law of Moses. The sabbath day was a token or sign used to associate them to the Law of Moses, but we are told to Follow Jesus, we do so to become members of His Resurrection. The Resurrection is the basis for the Church to worship on Sunday, not some New Age mystic attempting to change the Sabbath, rather the Sabbath changed from keeping a day to entering the Rest of God through belief. Yet if one wants to keep one day above another, let them do so, but let them keep it between them and the Lord. Which means they are not to condemn others for not keeping the day, neither are they to make it doctrine.

The first Sunday being the first day shows we can count ahead seven days bringing us to the next Sunday, it was on this Sunday when Thomas made his statement, "My Lord, and my God". Thomas made a correct statement, since this would be after the Father called the Son God (Heb 1:8). The house where the disciples stayed was in Jerusalem, but the Ascension was near Bethany (Luke 24:44-49), thus the second appearance is Jesus speaking to the disciples in the house at Jerusalem, not at Bethany. The disciples left the house in Jerusalem, then went to Galilee, as Jesus commanded, then eight days later Jesus talked to them in the house in Galilee, then the third time at the sea shore. Here Luke picks up at the house in Jerusalem, where Jesus tells the disciples, "These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms concerning Me" (Luke 24:44). These are the words Jesus spoke, not the words Moses spoke, thus there is a change taking place, a move from one Law to another. Also, the Testimony of Jesus is found in the Old Testament; how can we testify without knowing the Testimony, or how can we be a witness without the Witness? A good scribe knows both the Old and New, a Believer believes in the New and the Old, but lives by the New. Knowing the testimony of Jesus while attempting to complete the Law of Moses are different. A Testimony is spoken of, a Witness is lived, they should not be confused one into the other.   

Jesus then said, "Thus it is written and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day" (Luke  24:46). Wait, where is it written? Jesus is talking about those things written in the Old Testament, thus the mystery of the Old is finding Jesus therein. The Holy Ghost was behind the scenes, as the men of Old were speaking of the Spirit of Christ yet to come. One example is Jonah being three days and nights in the belly of the whale. Jesus used the experience to show how long He would be in the belly of the earth. Again this confirms the three days, it had to be three days, not one or two.

The word Behooved means, Necessary, it wasn't some evil, or by the will of man, it was in the Plan from the beginning of the world. It's also necessary for us to see wars, rumors of wars, pestilence and famine, as the world is being prepared for the Time of Comfort, yet it’s not The End, neither are we to be "terrified" (Luke 21:9).  

Again Jesus shows the importance of the Bible, as He says, "it is written", how can we know what is written if we never read what is written? How can we receive without the Rhema? How can we speak of the Word, without the Word in us? Jesus didn't discount the Bible, rather He shows the importance of it, yet we find without the Word in us, we won’t understand what is written.

Jesus wasn't talking about the New Testament to come, but the many references in the Prophets, Law and Psalms said regarding Him. This shows it was written, it came to pass, thus what is written for the future, will come to pass. Prophecy proves itself by coming to pass, thus the Old Testament said it was going to be, it happened, thus what we are told will happen, will happen.

Jesus continues in Luke by saying, "and the repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:47). There are two areas named here, repentance and remission, water baptism pertains to repentance, the baptism with the Holy Ghost to remission; covering Mercy (repentance), and Grace (remission). Jesus uses the third person authority issue (in His Name); therefore, the Holy Ghost is speaking through Jesus projecting the change in Seasons, telling us how no one can "Hear Ye Him" without the Spirit.

The Church will begin at Jerusalem after the Spirit is given, not before. The Body was being formed before the Cross, “upon this Rock”, but the Church is spiritual in nature, it was birthed on Pentecost (I will build – Matt 16:18).

If we love Jesus, we will do as He says, He told us to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost before we can be a Witness (Acts 1:6-8). Authority and Power are different, Jesus first gave Authority, then He told them to wait for the Power. Authority is the granted permission to do something, power the ability to carry out the authority.

In Luke we find how we are to teach two areas, the Father’s Mercy granted by the person’s repentance of sins, coupled with Grace for the remission of sin (Spirit, New Birth, Grace, Blood of Jesus, Power of His Christ), we can't preach one without the other.

Jesus then said, "And you are witnesses of these things and behold, I send the promise of My Father unto you: but tarry you in the city of Jerusalem, until you be endued with power from on High" (Luke 24:48-49). Here is the key, they were to Tarry for the Power in order to be a Witness to carry out the Authority (Acts 1:8).

This area leads to Mark, some attempt to escape Mark by saying the last verses in Mark don't appear in two early manuscripts, but they fail to see God has allowed to give us a choice, the choice just so happens to pertain to the spiritual calling of being a Christian. We can look for an excuse to deny the Lord, or seek to receive Him. What’s the difference between Mark saying we must believe, or Paul saying in Romans we must believe? It’s still an obligation for us to continue to believe after we are baptized into the Body. What appears to be conflicts or errors in the Bible are often tests placed in the context by the Holy Ghost. God provided evidence in the other accounts plus many of the letters to support Mark 16:16-18, including the context within Mark itself. Did Jesus lay hands on the sick? Yes. Did Jesus cast out devils? Yes. Is Jesus our example? Yes. Why then deny what He has called us to do? The division between Luke and Mark explains why some deny, or want to change Mark to fit their own carnal thinking. The last thing Jesus said in Luke was, "be endued with power from on high", if one wants to complete their own religious agenda without the responsibility of the Spirit, they can stop short of the call to be endued with Power from on high, although they would be committing iniquity.

Looking at Mark 16:16-18 with the natural mind might make one wonder, but if we can see the metaphors with the “little words” we can gain much. To be water Baptized means we have entered the Body, thus these verses are only for those who have accepted the Mercy of the Father to become sons of men, so they can be sons of God. Jesus is upbraiding them with their unbelief, by showing what belief will accomplish. This is not a discourse on baptism, it’s about what we do after we enter the Body. After entry, if we continue to believe, then the words “shall be saved” apply, but if we enter and fail to continue to believe, then the words will not apply. This is how Jesus upbraids with the person’s unbelief, if they don’t believe, then the signs won’t follow. The disciples were there, they worshiped Him, yet they held unbelief, they were binding Jesus by the feet.

Prior they were told to go and heal the sick, even the 70 reported how the devils were subject to them by the Name of Jesus. The 70 were told by Jesus how they would tread on serpents and scorpions. In Mark He said "take up", but before it was "tread", so do we take up what we tread on? No, to tread means they have no power or authority over us, to take up means something different. The word Serpent doesn't mean some snake, it means Malicious (intent to commit an illegal act), or Slanderous (intent to do harm) people. However, the key to this is the wording “shall take up”, which is the Greek Aheero meaning among other things “to take up a fish”, or to “lift high”; making no sense at all, except for Paul. When Paul was Saul he was a serpent, a malicious Pharisee who had papers allowing him to capture Christians, he was even behind the death of Stephen. Saul was so feared by the Christians, they were afraid to even meet him, yet he was caught in the Net, and Lifted. If we picked up some real snake, we missed the meaning of this Sign. This area has nothing to do with faith, Jesus did not upbraid them for their lack of faith, it was their unbelief. The signs follow those who believe, there is no way we will “lift the serpents” unless we truly believe in the power of the Gospel. This Sign merely shows those who Believe are able to preach the Truth in Love to those who are malicious in nature. To Tread shows the serpents have no authority over us, here it shows since it is the case, they are potential converts; Saul (Paul) being the best example.

The phrase Shall Recover comes from one Greek word Kalos meaning Well, denoting Doing Well, or Being Well. Jesus did all things Well (Kalos), He makes both the deaf to hear and the dumb to speak (Mark 7:37). Mark 16:18 and 7:37 relate one to the other, if we lay hands on the sick we do well, just as Jesus did well. The test here is not whether we’re well or not, but whether we laid hands on the sick. This says nothing about being healed, it does speak about doing something for those who are ill. This connects to James and how the Elders lay hands on the sick one (anoint with oil), thus showing another area where the context is supported by Bible evidence. The Doctrine mentioned here connects to the laying on of hands, not hands laid on us (Heb 6:1-2).

Don’t confuse the deadly area with Elisha putting the meal in the pot to rid it of the poison in II Kings 4:40-41, although one could make a point how the Bread (meal) removed the poison. The key to the poison is found in the phrase; it doesn’t say “will not kill”, which one would think would be the case, rather it says “hurt”. The word Hurt is the Greek Bdeloosso meaning To render foul, or To cause to turn away, it doesn’t mean “death”, it means to be effected to the point of giving up. Changing the entire meaning of the verse, showing temptations come against the Believer to turn them away, but if the Belief, they will not be harmed. Confirmed in James; “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). Why? God is fully able to use the same temptation to make a way for us to escape, thereby giving us victory in the process (I Cor 10:13). Here in Mark it’s the same thing, only metaphoric, thus one can toss Mark 16:16-18 out, but they are still stuck with all the supportive verses and evidences.

What Bible defining evidence do we have? Immediately we can think of John 3:18 where we are told to believe to be saved, thus we could show many manuscripts containing those verses, as well as words from the church fathers using them, but we must also allow the Bible to define the Bible. We saw some connection, but continuing we find verse 16:16 is supported by Matthew 24:3, Acts 15:11 and Romans 10:9. One may avoid Mark, but there are other verses saying the same thing. Other areas are supported as well, Luke 11:20, Acts 16:18, and other places show us how we are to cast out devils. Speaking in New Tongues is supported by Mark 13:11, Acts 4:20, Roman 6:19, I Corinthians 1:10, and 2:6. Serpents in the true context by Matthew 10:16, 23:33 and Luke 10:19, deadly things by Job 6:4, Psalms 58:4, 140:3 and Romans 3:13, laying on of hands by Acts 8:18 and Hebrews 6:2, signs following by Acts 2:22, 4:30, Romans 15:19 plus more verses as well as documents supporting these words.

Since the verses are supported by verses, the Bible has defined itself, thus the context stands. Of course if one searches out a reason not to believe, they have in fact proved they fit “upbraided with their unbelief” position. On the other hand we can make the choice to Continue in Belief knowing Signs will follow.

In Luke it was, Go to Jerusalem and wait, now in Mark, it's Go into all the world connecting the Acts to the commission, which again supports these verses. Jesus told them to be witnesses in “both” Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. It’s not “both”, it’s four, but what do we find? Jew (Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria), and Gentile (Uttermost part), giving us Both connecting to Mark.

In Matthew, we are told to teach by precept, we learn the precepts through the teachings obtained by experiences with the Spirit. We are also commanded to baptize others in water, but since it’s a token for them, it becomes an ordinance for them as well. No one is commanded to be baptized, but we do have a command to baptize in water. No one is commanded to give tithes under the new, but we are commanded as priests to receive tithes. The token of water baptism identifies the person with the death and resurrection of Jesus. The water didn’t save them, God did, the water didn’t forgive them, God did, thus the water is a Token, not the source. Once the person gives their token of water baptism they are inducted into the Body by being immersed with God’s Mercy.

We have traveled from the calling in John to see if we're willing to Follow Jesus, to Luke to see if we are willing to submit to the Word and to our Pentecost to have Power from on High to be a Witness. Then into Mark to make the choice to Believe, now we can go to Matthew. Matthew is the only one who uses the phrase "kingdom of heaven", thus we go ye into all the world to call the called into the kingdom of heaven, baptize them in Water based on their confession of belief, telling them about the Kingdom of God, present them to the Lord for the Baptism with the Holy Ghost to receive the Spirit. Matthew is the only account where the wording in the account ends with Jesus speaking; therefore, Matthew gives us the Amen (So be it, in the faithfulness of God).

In Matthew, Jesus says, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in the earth" (Matt 28:18). The word for Power is the Greek Exousia meaning Authority, thus the "Name" is not the common or popular identification a person is known by, it's the Authority. Those in the Body have the Name, if they are carnal, spiritual, or carnal becoming spiritual they still have Authority in the Name of Jesus. Regardless of the names of God prior, there is only one Name on earth where man has connection to heaven (Heb 1:2). It doesn’t mean we can’t “talk” to the Father or the Holy Ghost, it means the Authority issue is One Name, found in the Body of Christ. Whether we say, “Name of Jesus”, or “the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost” it’s still One Name, based in One Authority, for those in the Body. The name will not work for those outside the Body (Acts 19:15-16). However, we know there are people who mind the flesh, and those who mind the Spirit in the same Body (Rom 8:1 & 8:5).

Jesus continues in Matthew with, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt 28:19). It’s obvious among the Father and Holy Ghost is the “Son”, who is speaking. This merely shows the combined Authority of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is given to the Body of Christ, with Jesus as the Head of the Body. This is the Authority, granted to any person who is in the Body (in the Name of Jesus), but the Power is still from on High. The word “Therefore” means To look back and connect this phrase with the prior phrases. We Tarry for the Power from on High, some of us hear “go”, and we’re gone, yet the rest of the sentence was, “after you receive Power from on High”.

Water Baptism is done "in the Name of Jesus", it has nothing to do with what we say, but everything to do with the Authority we use. The authority for John’s Baptism ceased when John was placed in prison, becoming no longer effective, or to be used. Doing the Godly thing, in an ungodly time is still ungodly. The effectiveness of John’s baptism ended when Jesus said, “In My Name”. John’s Baptism said the people should believe, the Baptism in the Name of Jesus is based on their belief. John’s baptism identified the person with repentance, our baptism identifies us with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. When John baptized the Cross was future tense, with us it’s past tense, with a present tense effect for us (Acts 19:2-6).

Jesus then says, "teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you..." (Matt 28:20). Here is the second stage of teaching, or discipling the person, thus we teach by word, but after they are baptized, they need to be discipled. The term "ruling Elder" doesn't mean one who makes decisions, it means one who is an example of Mercy, Grace and Wisdom. At this point in time they let go of the “feet” of Jesus, He was about to ascend unto the Father. Once He ascended, then the Holy Ghost would come with the Gift.

Each Gospel account links to the other, we can't jump around picking some here or some there, God has ordained a process, a method, a means, we follow His rules, or we don't follow at all. Without John's account we can't make the decision to Follow Jesus, without Luke's we won't know the precepts regarding our decision, without Mark’s we won't know the choices we have regarding our decision to belief, yet without Matthew we can't discern why we made the decision. 

Taking all these sayings of Jesus’ in order will give us One Commission giving us a foundation for our decision and a knowledge of knowing the Truth of "He Did It For Me, Because He Loves Me", we insert our name in place of the disciple; as we read:

(Jn 21:15-23) Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of Jonas, do you love Me, more than these (things)? Feed My lambs. Simon son of Jonas do you love Me? Feed My sheep. Simon, son of Jonas, do you love Me (as a brother)? Feed My sheep. Truly, truly, I say unto you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would: but when you shall be old, you will stretch forth your hands and another shall gird you and carry you where you wouldn't (couldn't) go. You Follow Me. If I will for anyone to tarry till I come, what is it to you, you Follow Me. (Luke 24:44-49) These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets and in the Psalms, concerning Me. Thus it is written and thus it behooved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day: for repentance and remission of sins to be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem, and you are Witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you: but you tarry in the city of Jerusalem (city of peace) until you are endued with power from on High. (Mark 16:15-18) Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved but he who doesn't believe shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them who believe, in My name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with New Tongues, they shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. (Matt 28:18-20) All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.-

One letter, without break or confusion, placing us on the path of His Righteousness, giving us a foundation to believe. Jesus is for us, He has promised many things in His Will, all it takes is our Belief in Him. This letter is personal in nature, containing truths for the reader only the reader and God know. Selah.

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