- 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)
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
- 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