Mathew 10. Forum Discussion

Topic: Spiritual Gifts

Jesus summons His 12 disciples, gives them authority over unclean spirits (to cast them out), and gives them the ability to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. He instructs them on how He would like them to proceed. They are to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. He also lets them know that they do not need to acquire gold, silver, or copper for their money belts because, “The worker is worthy of his support.”

Jesus instructs the apostles how to react when they are received in a worthy fashion, and to, “Shake the dust off” when they are not received in a city or in a home. Referring to the cities that reject the message of Christ, Jesus says that it, “Will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city.”

Jesus warns the apostles in a very serious manner. He lets them know what to expect. They will be scourged and brought before governors. He tells them not to worry about what to say during those times as the Spirit will guide their words. This must have been very troubling to hear. Nobody wants to be beaten and persecuted, but the apostles moved forward to complete the work at hand. He encourages them to endure all of this and He lets them know that if they do, they will be saved.

Jesus said, "It is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.” – Mathew 10:22.

Knowing what we know now, we understand that some of the apostles would stick by Jesus no matter what, others would deny Him, and Judas would betray Him. Even Jesus was not immune to friends turning on Him.

Verses 23-26 continue with Jesus’ instructions for the apostles. He tells them that when they are persecuted in one city to flee to the next. Verse 28 says, “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” These were intense times and Jesus did not sugarcoat the trials that awaited the apostles.

The chapter ends with Jesus saying beginning in verse 34, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household.

He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.  He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.”

Jesus gave everything that He had to give for us. In return, He wants us to put Him first. When we do that, we will be blessed and rewarded for all eternity.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Mathew 6:33.

One final thought on chapter 10. Jesus gave the apostles amazing gifts, including the ability to:

  • Heal the sick.
  • Raise the dead.
  • Cleanse the lepers.
  • Cast out demons.

In verse 8, Jesus says to His apostles, “Freely you received, freely give.” We all have received unique spiritual gifts from God.

1 Corinthians 12:8-11 says:

“To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines."

God wants us to use our gifts freely to glorify Him and to help others. In doing so, we can look forward to someday hearing the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mathew 11 and the rejection of Jesus. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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Rodgers miller opiyo

The Holy spirit was revealing to the children of God every moment we stay in the word of God , and from the beginning God has been leading those who meditate upon His word of the hour , be blessed

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Rosalyn

We should all stay on course with what God would put us through but the scriptures also said the is a house is not worthy of God’s teaching then the disciples should move on to the next. How do we know when to move on in our families when they betray us? Do we continue to stay on course and pray for change within our loved ones?

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Michael
Rosalyn

That’s a tough question. I personally believe that we focus on what the scriptures say, and then pray for the Holy Spirit to let us “feel” what to do next.

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Dan

God wants us to choose people. Some people don’t like the choice. When people of the same household make different choices it will cause a great spiritual battle. Christian has to be willing to endure persecution from the person who does not want to follow Christ

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Michael
Dan

Thanks Dan,

And that’s “the sword”? The spiritual battle between members of the same household making different choices?

That is very helpful.

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