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211 Chapter_11 - 11 AHe that receiveth whomsoever I send...

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11 A He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me @ The following includes Bruce R. McConkie = s commentary as it relates to this chapter of the student handbook. Jesus Sends Apostles To Labor In Vineyard Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.251 Matt. 9:35-38. Jesus was a missionary. He traveled among the people, teaching the doctrines of salvation and healing them both physically and spiritually. His ministry marked the course and set the pattern for the missionary labors of his servants of all succeeding ages. As the latter-day elders sing in the great missionary hymn, "Ye Elders of Israel": We'll go to the poor, like our Captain of old, And visit the weary, the hungry, and cold; We'll cheer up their hearts with the news that he bore And point them to Zion and life evermore. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.324 - p.325 And as it was in his day, so it is in this -- the pressing need is for more laborers in the vineyard, more qualified elders to thrust in their sickles with their might and reap the harvest of waiting souls. "For there are many yet on the earth," the Prophet wrote, "among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it." (D. & C. 123:12.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.325 35. Preaching the gospel of the kingdom] See Matt. 4:17. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.325 38. Lord of the harvest] The Father, he to whom prayers are addressed. "My Father is the husbandman." (John 15:1.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.325 Matt. 10:1. Twelve disciples] See Matt. 10:2-4. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.325 5-6. In the providences of the Lord, the gospel, in the meridian of time, was offered first to the house of Israel and thereafter to the Gentiles. Jesus himself ministered primarily among his own kindred of the chosen seed. "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel," he said. (Matt. 15:24.) Missionaries sent forth during Jesus' mortal ministry were commanded to confine their labors to their wayward kindred of Jacob's lineage. Later, after our Lord's resurrection, they were to receive the commandment to carry the message of salvation to all men. (Mark 16:14-20.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.325 7. The kingdom of heaven is at hand] `The Church of Jesus Christ is here; it has been organized and established; it is the kingdom of God on earth; enter into it through the waters of baptism, and be ye saved.' Identically the same message is carried by the elders in this day: "Ye shall go forth baptizing with water, saying: Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (D. & C. 42:7; 33:9-11; 39:19-20.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.325
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