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God’s Global Workforce – Part 1
Archived – December 8, 2019

God’s Global Workforce – Part 1

December 8, 2019


  • You’re not from here. You are from the one who sent you (John 17:16-18).
  • We learned last month that a sent one is also an (II Corinthians 5:20).



Heaven’s Labor Shortage

  • We also learned that a sent one is a (Matthew 9:35-38).
  • Look at the biblical pattern:


(the crowds)

(their pain)

(to God)


(the laborers)

The laborers



What is the of God?

  • The work of God is to in the one He sent (John 6:28-29; John 16:8-9).
  • When we believe, we (Hebrews 4:1-11).
  • We must strive or to rest.
  • We strive because we start off being more to our own works than God’s.
  • To enter into rest, we must rest from our works, just as God did from His.
  • This is why rest requires .



What was the from which God Rested?

  • God rested from creating things that produced after their own kind (Genesis 1:11, Genesis 21-22, Genesis 24-31).
  • But after Adam and Eve sinned, God needed to “” new humans, even though He had stopped working (II Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3).



How Does God Produce Something While Resting?

  • God produced a new human species by a new seed into His original work.
  • Graft (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) – a. to cause (a scion [a detached living portion of a plant]) to unite with a stock also to unite (plants or scion and stock) to form a graft b: to propagate [or reproduce] (a plant) by grafting

Genesis 3:15

Romans 8:29

  • Grafting opens a new world of reproductive (Romans 11:17-24).
  • As believers in Christ, we are grafted into the works of God, entering into the labor of others by (John 4:31-37).
  • As laborers, we are sent ones, equipped with God’s power, authority and grace to reap the harvest He’s .
  • Our church will as we enter into God’s labors and cease from our own (Acts 2:41-42; Acts 2:46-47).

Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2019

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