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The final way in which the teaching of sound doctrine should be evident in the life of the congregation is in the fact that conversion will occur. God will save his people by means of the faithful teaching of his Word, and in this text Paul explains how it is that God does this work.
Persecution is a significant theme in the book of Matthew, and in his sermon to the Apostles Jesus explicitly says that he was sending his Apostles to be persecuted by the wolves. Yet this in no way brings into question the fact that Christ is the Good Shepherd of his sheep, for even in the midst of persecution he accomplishes good purposes for his people.
Paul concluded his instruction on what sound doctrine looks like in the life of the church by indicating how it plays out in the lives of the slaves within that congregation. The slaves had the unique privilege of adorning the doctrine of God.
The mission of the Apostles as given in Matthew 10 was one of seeking and finding the sheep in Israel who belonged to Jesus.
Before explaining the detail of Jesus' sermon to the Apostles, Matthew recorded the Lord's overview of the basics of the mission in verses 5-10. In this overview Jesus told the Apostles where they were to go, what they were to say, and what they were to give as they fulfilled this mission which was ripe with redemptive purpose.
Unity in the local church comes only because of the ministry of the Gospel to the people of God. The Gospel unifies God's people because it transforms them, because it consecrates them, and because it demands it of them.