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THE MISSION OF THE DISCIPLES
THE MISSION OF THE DISCIPLES

Author(s): Lészai Lehel
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Universitatea Babes-Bolyai - Centrul de Studii Biblice
Keywords: disciple; disciples; discipleship; the Twelve; mission; sending; commissioning

Summary/Abstract: The commissioning is due to the Father who tried to reconcile the world with himself by sending his Son to the mankind which became alienated from him. Jesus’ calling is not an invitation to a hermetically isolated community for a few elected Hebrew, who will later enjoy the blessings of their master’s proximity and the advantages of the security of his presence. Jesus’ calling viewed the commission. Analyzing the mode of the disciples’ commissioning we can discover some similarities with the commissioning of the prophets by God in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament we can see that the majority of the prophets did not desire the election for the commission. Humans received commission to continue Jesus’ ministry. This happened because of the shortness of time, the importance of the task and the largeness of the crowd that was ready for harvest. The obedience to the call for commissioning emphasized service and was strongly connected to the question of personal salvation. Jesus primarily sent out the Twelve to continue the work he started. When he sent them out he set before them his own example of preaching, healing and teaching. The number of the apostles refers to the fact that Jesus proclaimed the promise of God’s kingdom to the whole nation, and he is the one who will restore all the twelve tribes of Israel. Before he sent them out he prepared them. Besides his personal example, he also provided private instruction. Only the apostles or some of them could attend to these exclusive occasions (Mark 4,34b; 7,17; 9,28; 10,10; 13,3). In many instances the disciples enjoyed Jesus’ support and his special treatment. All these happened in order to form and prepare the disciples for the service.

  • Issue Year: IX/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 65-83
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English