Sunday, October 23, 2011

Where the Blessed Mission Leads

Genesis 24:67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death

The Son's Pleasure is the Goal of the Blessed Mission
In Genesis 23 the death of Sarah, Abraham's wife and Isaac's mother, dominates the scene.  it was by that set of circumstances that Abraham was prompted to send forth his servant to his extended family some 300 miles away to search for a bride for his son.  Because of His great love for the Son, the Father put out great expense.  The goal of that blessed mission in Genesis 24 was for one ultimate reason - to see his son smile once again. 

When God the Father and God the Son (along with the Holy Spirit) were in eternity, the Father's love for the Son prompted Him to create a universe and a world.  In that world, God already knew that the beings he would have populate its surface would be dead in trespasses and sins.  Not frustrated, nor the least surprised, God the Father's objective was clear - bring joy to the Son whom He has loved for all eternity.  2 Timothy 1:9 "who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity". 

The Goal of the Blessed Mission will succeed
At the end of Genesis 24, when Rebecca is brought to Isaac, love is instant, and the Bible says he took her as his wife, and they dwelled in the tent of his mother, and that she brough him great comfort over his mother's death.  The goal was complete - the Son found joy in the gift of the bride from his father. 

When we consider The Blessed Mission, the question is -what is the goal?  Many will say - it is for the salvation of sinners.  Indeed that is a goal.  We want to see people saved from the wrath of God to come.  Certainly the Bible repeatedly tells us that "it is not God's will that any should eprish, but all come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).  However, once sinners are saved  and growing in the Lord, the question is: for what purpose?  Truly the Great commision, The Blessed Mission, has an ultimate goal.  It is this goal that defines its success or failure - namely, the pleasure of the Son. 

The way we know that the Son will be pleased with the outcome of the Blessed Mission
We read of Christ's desire for a completed people of God - a bride - is what both drives the Blessed Mission.  Ephesians 5:25-27 states - "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless." 

If Christ is this excited now (which he is), we know He will be even more pleased whenever the Divine plan for human history is complete, and when He returns to claim for Himself the bride for which His Spirit has been gathering for Him through the work of world-wide missions.  This is where the Blessed Mission leads. 

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