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In Acts, He' the Fire from Heaven

Updated on October 25, 2015

Acts 1:5

"'For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'"
"'For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'"

Acts 1:2

The book of Acts is a book of a call to action; however, it is not about the acts of men. The book of Acts is a book of the action of the risen Lord who, by His Holy Spirit, fills and uses men as His instruments.

"...until the day He was taken up to Heaven, after giving instruction through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen." (Acts 1:2)


Acts 1:39

"The Promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call."
"The Promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call."

History in the Making

The book of Acts is the first book of the Bible that was written to cover Church history. For everything written of the Church in the book of Acts, the applications apply to the Church today. (You should take note that when I speak of the Church, I am not speaking of a free standing brick and mortar building; rather, I am speaking of a corporate congregational body of all believers.) And, as was in the days of Peter and Paul, and all the other apostles, the Church of God (again, the corporate congregational body of all believers) is still going through periods of building and adding.

Matthew 16:18--"'And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell will not overcome it.'"

Acts 2:41--"Those who accepted his (Peter's) message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day."

Let me just add, here, an interesting trivial tidbit about the book of Acts: Acts was written in approximately 63 AD, and spans approximately 33 years of Church history; the life of Jesus, while on this Earth, spans 33 years in total. To the glory of God, this fact shows that much can be accomplished through just one generation of believers. Since the time of the early Church until today, we have gone through roughly 65 generations.

How great is the power of God!

Psalms 119:105

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a Light for my path."
"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a Light for my path."

Our Textbook

The book of Acts might be very well considered a textbook of sorts for becoming a member of God's church. We can see in the books of First and Second Timothy the authentication of the book of Acts for the early Church. In 2 Timothy 2:15, we read, "Do your best to present yourself to god as one approved, workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." The early Church, the early Christians teach us by their examples. they gave, worked together, and acted in unison in times of crisis. Thus, today, the Church, all Christians, learn to worship, walk in God's will, witness, win souls, pray, conquer the enemy, suffer and rejoice in their trials, and living and died for and to the Lord.

How great is the power of God!

Acts 2:38

"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"
"Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"

Spiritual Value

Our take away from studying the book of Acts should be that we learn how the same power that was in Jesus is in us.

In the Garden of Eden, God gave man authority over all the Earth, He gave man dominion on this planet (Genesis 1:26). And, then, Adam and Eve sinned. When this happened, the authority God originally gave to man was then transferred to Satan, and thus entered bitterness, death, disease, loss, pain, poverty, and strife. And Satan has joyously relished in his role in the demise and deprivation of mankind.

Matthew 28:18-20--"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father of of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"

The Gospel is best defined as the birth, the life, the crucifixion, the burial, the resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus the Christ. It is through the Gospel, then, that Jesus restored unto man all that he lost in the Garden of Eden. The last three verses of Matthew speak world of a transference of power from Jesus to us. The same authority and power that Jesus had over the storm, we have. The same authority of power that Jesus had over demonic spirits, we have. The same authority and power that Jesus had over death and disease, we have. His authority and power has been transferred to us to use. Now is the time for the Church, for all Christians, to joyously relish in the authority and power that we have in Christ Jesus.

This same authority and power gives the Church, all Christians such great spiritual value:

  • It has the power to send us to our knees where we can stand the strongest.
  • It has the power to birth within us a desire for a deeper love for the Lord.
  • It has the power to burn a fire within us with a new fervor for God.
  • It has the power to stir us to greater activity for being servants of God and of men.
  • It has the power to take ordinary men and women, fill with Holy Spirit, into a realm of extraordinary to the glory of God.
  • It has the power to turn us upside down so that we, in turn, can turn the world upside down.

How great is the power of God!

The Same Power by Jeremy Camp

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Following on the heels of the start of the Church, the book of Romans is a letter that Paul wrote to those Christians living in Rome. Paul, in the book of Romans, hopes to convey to the Roman Christians to have faith, acknowledge their sin, and recognize that moral law cannot judge the same as God's law. Much spiritual advice is given through the book of Romans.

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