“Withness”: What is it, why do we need it, how do we get it?

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Mark 3:13-15

13 And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons.

Withness: What is it?

Withness is the context in which Jesus taught his disciples. He called them “to be with him.” The phrase “with him” sugggests a Hebraic model of a father to a son or a teacher to a student. It harkens back to the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be…

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