God always uses specific ways of accomplishing His purposes. When He communicates with mankind, He uses a very specific method. This is an interesting Bible study regarding God’s method of reaching the world with the gospel.
Usually, we like to include a discussion and rumination of the ideas proposed, however, we’re changing gears a little bit for this article for the sake of space.
Why is a proper understanding of this method important? There are a number of reasons.
- It helps us know the future.
- It keeps us from being deceived.
- It builds our faith in the Word of God.
- It shows us more clearly the character and ways of God.
- It gives us confidence in our roles as believers.
Here is the heavenly chain of command, as found in the Word of God. This is not an exhaustive list of references, but we’ll include enough to give a broad picture.
The Father Wills (Desires) For Something to Be Done
Matt 6:6-9. Jesus tells us to pray to the Father, who is in heaven, for guidance.
Matt 7:21. It is the Father’s will that we’re to pray for.
Matt 11:25-27. It’s the Father who bestows spiritual things to Jesus.
Matt 12:50. Doing the Father’s will makes us brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Matt 26:29. It is the Father’s kingdom.
John 5:37-43. Jesus is sent by the Father, in the name of the Father.
John 5:48. Jesus tells us to mimic the Father’s perfection.
John 6:39. Jesus does the will of the Father, who sent Him.
1 Cor 11:3. The Father is the head of Christ.
Heb 1.2. The Father is the master architect of creation and salvation. He created the worlds through Jesus.
Rev 1:1. The Father gave the Revelation of Jesus.
Jesus Performs/Executes the Father’s Will and Directs the Holy Spirit
John 4:34, 5:30. Jesus seeks out and performs the will of the Father.
John 14:21. Jesus says that those who love Him love the Father.
John 15:26. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit as the Father wills it.
Gal 1:4. Jesus died according to the Father’s will.
Holy Spirit Commands the Angels
Rom 15:19. The Spirit works signs and wonders.
Rev 2:1,7. John is to hear what the Spirit says to the churches through the angel.
The Angels Carry the Message to the Prophet
Gen 18:2. Two angels and Jesus, dressed like men, come to Abraham with a message that Sodom & Gomorrah will be destroyed.
Gen 19:1. Two angels come to Lot’s house with the same message.
Dan 8:16, 9:21. Gabriel is sent to help Daniel understand his visions.
Luke 1:19. Gabriel is sent to Zechariah to tell him about the future birth of John the Baptist.
Luke 1:26. Gabriel comes to Mary with the news of Jesus’ future birth.
Luke 2:9, 10. The angel comes to the shepherds with the message of Jesus’ birth.
Acts 1:2. Jesus, through the Holy Ghost, then later through angels, tells the apostles the commandments.
Acts 1:11. Two angels tell the disciples about the manner of Jesus’ second coming.
Rev 2:1, 8, 12, 18, etc. The angel takes the message to John.
The Prophet Takes the Message to the Church
All prophets of Old Testament were only sent to Israel.
Luke 3:3-8. John preaches to Israel about true repentance, in preparation for their mission of teaching others the gospel.
Matt 10:6. The 12 apostles first sent to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Matt 15:24. Jesus was sent “unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
Throughout Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, etc., Paul establishes and exhorts churches.
Rev 2:7. “let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”
The Church Takes the Message to the World
Matt 21:43, Matt 28: 19, Acts 10:28. When Israel rejects the call to take the gospel to the world, the message is given to “a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof (Gentiles).”
Rev 12:5, 6. The woman (Israel, church) gives birth to Jesus, who’s caught up to heaven. She then flees from the dragon (Satan) with the gospel to take to the world