What it Really Means to be “Sent”

There is a pattern here, a pattern repeated in history.  God appears, people quake in terror, God forgives and heals, God sends.  From brokenness to mission is the human pattern. When God asked, “whom shall I send?”  Isaiah understood the force of the word (Isaiah 6).  To be “sent” meant to function as an emissary for God, to be a spokesman for the deity.  In the New Testament the word apostle meant “one who is sent.”  The Old Testament counterpart to the New Testament apostle was the prophet.  God was looking for a volunteer to enter the lonely, grueling office of prophet.  “Whom shall I send?”

– R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, Ill., Copyright 1985, Kindle Edition

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