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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Jesus plainly said
NO MAN
could come to Christ- believe - ex–
cept those specially called by the Father!
Notice now the King James translation: "Afterward he
[Jesus) appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, ... and he
said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to
every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved ... "(Mark 16: 15-16). Of course
NONE
could believe and be
baptized
EXCEPT
those God the Father specially called. So there is
NOWHERE ANY CONTRADICTION.
The
GREAT COMMISSION
was
given to the
APOSTLES -
those "sent forth" with the Message -
NOT
the lay members ofthe Church.
What, then? Did not the lay members have any part in pro–
claiming the gospel? Definitely they did, as we have seen. Their
part was to
back up
the apostles - stand behind them with their
prayers, encouragement, tithes and offerings. They are
PART OF A
WELL ORGANIZED TEAM,
as we shall show in more detail.
And there is
NO EVIDENCE
in either Matthew's account or
Mark's, that any were to be baptized
except
those God the Father
had called to a special service.
But
NOTHING
contradicts the fact that God had withdrawn
His Holy Spirit from
ALL,
except
those specially called.
Now notice the account in Matthew 24. This is in the form of
a prophecy, for our present living generation:
The King James has, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall
be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and
then shall the end [of this age] come" (Matt. 24: 14).
The RSV is the same in meaning: "And this gospel of the
kingdom
wiH
be preached throughout the whole world, as a testi–
mony to all nations, and then the end will come."
The Church an Organized Body
Is the Church of God merely a scattered, isolated, number of pro–
fessing Christians, each going his own way to get out the Gospel–
or, as many believe, to
GET
his personal salvation and eternallife?
Jesus Christ specially called His disciples, trained them to be–
come His apostles. To
THEM-
the apostles- the ones "sent forth"
with His Gospel message- He gave
THE GREAT COMMISSION-
not
to the laity of the Church as a whole.