Thursday, 16 March 2017

Two commissions

Just noticed something. Is it just me, or are there very obvious parallells between these two passages?

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
     So God created man in His own image;
     He created him in the image of God;
     He created them male and female.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you...

Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

  • Just after creation/new creation.*
  • God/Jesus has authority.
  • He sends people out as his representatives.
  • They are to fill the earth with God's people (by having children/by making disciples).
  • They are to bring God's rule on the earth (rule animals/teach people).
  • He will provide what they need to do it.

*By which I don't mean the final new creation, but the resurrection and the fact that 'if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation'

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