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Jesus has given me His authority. I am His ambassador to His world (Kingdom) here on earth.

  • I fully stand for Jesus.
  • If this world rejects Jesus, they reject God who sent Him.

Jesus calls on me, in fact demands of me, to get this deep in my soul. When I command things to happen, in the name of Jesus, they happen.

I stand for Him. Lock, stock, and barrel. No doubts about it. Jesus said so.

The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.

ESV (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Luke 10:16

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The correlation rests not only between the message of the seventy-two and that of Jesus. It rests also between their persons and his person. They stand for him in the truest sense, so that hearing them is not just like hearing him. It is hearing him.

Similarly in regard to rejecting them. The contrast between hearing and rejecting shows that hearing entails accepting their message. To reject Jesus by rejecting his messengers means also to reject God, who sent Jesus with the message of salvation.

Since Jesus does not go on to say that the person who hears him by hearing his messengers hears God, too, the final accent falls on the danger of rejection. For their own sake, Luke wants his audience to know that good news can turn into unwelcome news all too easily.

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Source: Robert H. Gundry, Commentary on the New Testament: Verse-by-Verse Explanations with a Literal Translation (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2010), 275.