Matthew 10

king of kings

Does Matthew 10 apply to the church? If so, there are some conflicts with the church letters.

Matt 10

1) And when he had called to him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

Why did Jesus give the disciples the power to heal? This is a calling card. Healings will get people’s attention regardless if they believe in God. After many of the healings in the New Testament, the Word of God is shared because people are attentive and highly receptive. When you are sick then receiving healing is usually a high priority in your life.

2) Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

3) Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

4) Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

5) These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter you not.

6) But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Jesus instructs them to not go to the Gentiles but focus only on the house of Israel.

This is not in alignment with Colossians 3

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

There are no instructions in the church to only share the gospel with the Jews. This section of scripture is to the Jews and not to the church.

7) And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

8) Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give.

9) Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

10) Nor money for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

11) And into whatever city or town you shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till you go there.

12) And when you come into an house, salute it.

13) And if the house be worthy, let your peace come on it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

14) And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

15) Truly I say to you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Christ is teaching about his second coming in this section when he says “day of judgement”. This occurs in the book of revelations.

16) Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

17) But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will whip you in their synagogues;

The reference to whipping in the synagogues would only apply to the Jews.

18) And you shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

19) But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.

20) For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.

The following is about Christ’s future return.

21) And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

22) And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

Christ says those that endure until the end shall be saved. In the church we are saved by grace and have eternal life. We are not required to endure until the end to be saved.

23) But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: for truly I say to you, You shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

The cities in Israel pertain solely to the Jews. “Till the Son of man be come” is another reference to Christ’s return.

24) The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.

25) It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?

26) Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.

27) What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you hear in the ear, that preach you on the housetops.

28) And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

29) Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

30) But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

31) Fear you not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.

32) Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

33) But whoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

34) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

This is a future time when Christ returns to exercise judgement.

35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

37) He that loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38) And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.

39) He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.

40) He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me.

41) He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

This is referring to the rewards that Christ will distribute at his judgement seat.

42) And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

The bible is written to 3 different groups: Jews, Gentiles, and the Church (1 Corinthians 10:32). Identifying “to whom” a section is written is vital to rightly dividing the Bible.




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