Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the time before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: For in Him we live and move, and have our bein; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are His offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think of the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.” Acts 17:24-29
Acts is also called the Acts of the Apostles.
Acts is a written recording of the “acts” of the great men, apostles, Jesus Christ recruited to help him spread God’s message through out the world. Paul was also recruited by Jesus Christ and a man of great wisdom. They say that before any of the great prophets ever wrote anything down they taught it first. Acts is records the apostles as they were caught in the “act” of teaching the Word. Above is an excerpt of one such teaching by Paul. The overall message in Acts was, Jesus Christ was the Messiah, and “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5b. It was a message that brought believers into the family of God, because now we are also offspring of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
It was a two-fold message and a double blessing.
One; the Messiah had come in Jesus Christ, died and God raised him from the dead, and two; the “Promise of God”, “The Comforter”, the pouring out of salvation and the gift of holy spirit had also happened. Today, these are still our two messages, though it would be hard for anyone in our day and time to say they had not heard of Jesus Christ. Most have heard of him but what about the gift of holy spirit?
“13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also [are] ours in the day of the Lord Jesus. 15 And in this confidence I was minded to come unto you before, that ye might have a second benefit;” 2 Corinthians 1:14-15
What is that second benefit?
“21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, [is] God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. ” vs. 21-22
We are sealed with the earnest, or down-payment of the spirit, pneuma, which is the gift of spirit God put inside each one of us as soon as we believe the first benefit.
After we have it, then what?
What do we do, stumble around with all our old habit patterns of thinking, banging into things and people, like we have always done? No, no, no!
We are inside the gates of salvation! Now is no time to stop. Now is the time to learn about this amazing gift. Now is time to learn to use it, benefit from and bless our lives with it.
“Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 2:14-15a
We must learn how to triumph! We must learn to be fellow workers with God.
“We then as workers together with Him beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” 2 Corinthians 6:1
“Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship if the ministering of the saints” 2 Corinthians 8:4
We must learn how to minister to other believers, how to heal, and discern spirits and work miracles. This world is full of those Christians who stand idly by and who sow sparingly, but we are not of those!
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man accourding as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” 2 Corinthians 6-8
GIVE! Give it away and watch how God blesses you back.
God bless you today!