x183......freely ye have received, freely give.

Mt 10:8* Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

When He sent His apostles, Jesus spoke these words to them. Receiving freely and giving freely is a very important principle of God's kingdom--and a command to every Christian.

We receive from God freely. Salvation is a free gift--

Ro 3:24* Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

WE cannot earn salvation--we do not have to--Jesus has already paid the full price for the salvation of everyone. We need only to confess and believe.

Ro 8:32* He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

What else does the Bible say that we receive "freely"?

1Co 2:12* Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

The Spirit of God is given to us "freely". The Spirit is "poured out on all flesh". Once again we need only to believe and receive the Spirit of God.


Fruit

But what is the result of a person receiving these free gifts from God? The Bible calls the result "fruit".

Salvation is a fruit--

Joh 4:36* And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

And the Holy Spirit has the result of fruit also--

22* But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23* Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)


Seed

Fruit has seed inside--

Ge 1:11* And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

God put seed inside of fruit. This is the potential, that ability of all life to replicate itself.

Now, the word of God is seed--

The sower soweth the word. (Mark 4:14)

But Jesus is also the word--

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (Joh 1:14*)

We can never "out-sow" the Father. He has "sown" His Son into the earth, in order to reap the harvest of more sons and daughters.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, KJV).

God spoke the principle of sowing and reaping into the earth and it shall remain as long as His word says it shall remain--

Ge 8:22* While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

God gives us all these things freely--

Ro 8:32* He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

He gives us the fruit with the seed in it. He gave His Son, and He gave us the Holy Spirit. But Jesus showed us what to do with what we have been given freely--

"freely ye have received, freely give."

We must give freely what we have received freely. When we partake of the fruit of salvation and the fruit of the Spirit we must freely sow the seed that is contained therin. This is the process by which the Gospel is spread, and always has been spread. By people carrying the seed of the word to others, and reaping the harvest of salvation.

.......as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15)

The function of sowing the seed of the word is ministry. The function of sowing the seed of the fruit of the Spirit is ministry. In order for someone to receive the seed--someone must be "sent"--

15* And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15)


The word "sent" in he Greek is--"apostello"

apostello {ap-os-tel'-lo} v

----- send 110, send forth 15, send away 4, send out 2, misc 2; 133

1) to order (one) to go to a place appointed

2) to send away, dismiss 2a) to allow one to depart, that he may be in a state of liberty 2b) to order one to depart, send off 2c) to drive away


The function of sowing the seed of the word is ministry. It is "service to God"--it is carrying out His plan and function--it is carrying out His system of bringing His kingdom into he earth.

"freely ye have received, freely give."

We receive of the Spirit and we receive of salvation freely--but we are meant to be able to sow the seed contained in the fruit of theses gifts "freely" We are meant to serve (minister) others freely.

The greatest worry of the devil is that every Christian would begin to serve God freely.


History

It has taken the church 1600 years to receive from God "freely" as Jesus said.

It took the organized system of the church 1,000 years to recognize that salvation is received freely. It took another 600 years before anyone realized that the Spirit could also be received freely.

If you lived 1,000 years ago, and were a member of the one organized unified church in the earth, you would be taught in that church that your soul would be "saved"(purchased into purgatory) by your church attendance, and by your giving of tithes. Salvation was not taught as a "free gift"

The same can be said of the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was not recognized openly that the baptism of the Holy Spirit could be received "freely" today, just as the followers of Jesus did in Bible times.

But today, we have had the word revelation in us, and most Christians understand that we can receive freely. That the "just shall live by faith"

Ro 8:32* He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

"Freely give"?

The fullness of what Jesus spoke is that we must receive freely, we must understand that what we receive form God is given freely--is received by sowing and reaping the word.

But, do we yet understand that we are all to "freely give"? Are all Christians allowed to and encouraged to "freely give" the seed that is contained in the fruit that they have received? Are we all encouraged and allowed to freely give in our churches and to the world? Or is the giving of most relegated to money? Money giving is the way wehave been trying to build the church for centuries--and it has always lead to failure!

Do we still carry the concept that only "some" are allowed to give--to "minister" the word of God?

So many of us have fruit inside of us. So many of us have gifts inside of us that are meant to serve Him, that are meant to sow the seed. WE are all meant ot function in sowing the word--in ministering the word.

Yet, in this area, are most of us still functioning under the tradition that makes most of us "pay" others to do the ministry?

1,000 years a go, the devil had introduced the concept of "paying" for salvation. The way he was able to do this, and hold this concept in the church for so long was by having us follow and believe in an incorrect form and function of government within the church. (Is it possible that tradition has redefined the church?) We accept the Roman form of government--the rule of an empire in our churches. An empire who had absolute authority to make decisions, and whose rule could not be questioned or challenged. But when Christians found that the word of God clearly said that salvation was bought by the blood of Jesus, this stronghold was destroyed and salvation could be received freely. However, the newly reformed churches soon took on the same form and function of church government that was in the Roman church! This same system, held the gift of the Holy Spirit from being freely received until only 100 years ago.

Today Christians know how to receive freely from God. they understand what it means to praise and worship and pray and receive freely from God. However, we are still held back by this wrong format and function of government, from freely giving. We are taught that for most, freely giving means to pay the tithe!

Christians today are reaping the harvest of the fruit of the Spirit, and salvation. But most of that harvest remains in the storehouse, rotting. Because for most, the seed that they obtain in their harvest is hindered from being sown. WE are not taught or encouraged to minister, to serve God by begin sowers of the word, by begin ministers.