The concept of "prevenience" was at the foundation of Jesus' ministry. ("Prevenience": referring to that which goes before or precedes)
He said, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does." (Jn. 5:19)
"... I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me." (Jn. 8:28)
"For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it." (Jn. 12:49)
Jesus, the very Son of God, did nothing (zero/nada) on his own initiative. He spoke nothing on His own initiative. The Father initiated, Jesus responded. Jesus believed that His Father was prevenient. Every healing, every miracle, every teaching was initiated by the Father and carried out by Jesus.
His entire plan consisted of this:
1. See what the Father is doing and do that.
2. Hear what the Father is saying and say that.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
He is no longer the passive "honored guest" for whom we perform.
He is "the Master of ceremonies".
He runs the show. He sets the agenda.
And, that changes everything.
John White-Dawn Ministries
End of Summer
4 months ago