“He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.(Lk.10:16-NKJV).”
When one reads the manner in which God deals with man it becomes abundantly clear that it is one on one. While Abraham was seventy-five years old God said to Abraham ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred..(Ge.12:3)” His promise to bless him was not for any other reason than offering a far exceeding greater blessing to a great nation that was not yet born. It depended on his faith. Abraham was the friend of God on that basis to all such whom God has called out what reward He has in store, is unfathomable and beyond human comprehension. This ought to make our peace with God as a promise beyond any deal man may expect.
The same personal equation held true in the case of Moses. God picked out Moses while he was tending the flock of his father-in-law. Once again God was looking for one man through whom a nation could be helped. He had seen how the children of Israel fared under the harsh yoke of the pharaoh of Egypt and it was time to redeem them and lead them to the land promised to Abraham. (Later as it turned out Moses failed to enter the Promised Land. Before anyone may point out his failure do not forget he was as a sign for the Children of Israel that perished in the wilderness for their disbelief.) God’s promise does not ever change. For example Moses and Elias were sent by God as we read in the Gospel to talk with Jesus ‘Lord it is good to be here. Let us make three tents…(Mt.17:4)’
In due time when God sent his only begotten Son it was for fulfilling the promise He had held out to Abraham, “…In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Ge.12:3).” Throughout the unfolding of the will of God the Scripture deals it in discrete segments and all these however bear a relationship to one other. It is as much as expected when the Spirit takes the Core Will of God and declares two narrative streams one for the Will and the other from the Son. Narrative account of the Spirit must reveal to the reader what God desires from man and how he may please God. From these two, faith is created in the reader. Reading the Word creates faith in the eternal Power and Wisdom while faith in the man may, from judicious use of spiritual faculties, draw necessary value added instruction. Thus the Hagar episode is not isolated from the blessings God promised to Abraham. The nation of Israel and the gentiles are alike part and parcel of the same Will.
When God called out Abraham and he departed for a land not knowing he took Sarah his wife. Along went Lot his brother’s son, and all their substance. Promise of God connects with individual and it creates a ripple effect. One man’s exercise of faith never occurs in vacuum but is liable to instil faith in others in an opportune moment as in the case of descendants of Lot.
Moabites and Ammonites (Ge.19:37-38) descended from Lot and were forbidden to enter into the congregation of the Lord even to the tenth generation (Deut.23:3). The very same people who were not once deemed as people are predicted as obedient to God’s people.(Is.11:14). Is this not illustrative of longsuffering nature of God?
It is in this context we need to consider the verse we had discussed earlier. It forms part of the prayer of the Son as recorded in the gospel of John.
“I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest unto me…(Jn.17:6). He is clearly referring to the disciples. We also read that there were 70 other disciples whom he sent out two by two into every place whither he himself would come (Lk.10:1). Later when these seventy came back and reported the happy outcome he told them to rejoice rather ‘because your names are written in heaven (10:20).’ With regards to names we know that the Lord is ever mindful of those who believe in the Son. ‘The Lord shall count ,…. That this man was born there (Ps.87:5)’. From other corroborative passages in the Bible we know that nothing is hidden before his sight. ‘And in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned..(Ps.139:16)
When the risen Christ appeared to his disciples and gave them the Great Commission he did so by the power and authority in heaven and the earth. It is the signal that he was after having completed the divine mandate, returning to where he came from. His gospel of power unto salvation was same as the gospel of God, his Father.
No one has ever heard the voice of the Lord God but his Son.
“And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape(Jn.5:37)”.
“Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father (Jn.6:46)”. By Association each child of God by faith has heard the voice of the Lord God. It is the Gospel of reconciliation.
He who has the son has the Father also (1 Jn.2:23).