There are three vital keys we see through-out the book of Acts that helps us understand why the first century Church moved in the power of God. The first key is: The Word, second key: The Name of Jesus, and finally the third key: The Holy Ghost.
In this study we will focused on The Holy Spirit.
Just as The Word and the Name of Jesus were a vital key to the success of the First Century Church, the Holy Spirit played a major role and even was the only reason the disciples of Christ could accomplished the extraordinary miracles and signs during the first century.
In this study we will learn many key points in why the church had such power to cast out devils, heal the sick, perform miracles, sign and wonders. If we were to imitate our fellow brothers and sisters the same result we would have in this time of turmoil. Meditate on the following key points and let us compare our lives and the condition of the church now and start making changes.
There weren’t any great preachers but man anointed of the Holy Spirit. None of the apostles or disciples of Jesus took any credit for the signs and wonders done by the Holy Spirit, but gave God the glory. “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? ” Hebrews 2:4 KJV. It was all done by the will of God.
The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to teach to the church about Jesus. Jesus Himself said: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:14 KJV. What the apostles and disciples taught was by the Spirit of Truth because no where do we find in the New Testament where the Holy Spirit revealed something Jesus had not taught. Everything the Holy Spirit taught the disciples was to confirm The Word, and exalt The Name of Jesus (exalt the person of Jesus).
The Holy Spirit brings the Life of Jesus to man until man start to walk, talk and act like Jesus did in His ministry. The apostle Paul said: “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 ESV. The focus was to reveal and testify of the work of the cross in the lives of new believers. That’s what brought testimony that Jesus dwelt in them.
Nowadays we have preachers that are dependent of their education, their family line or social statuses. They have trusted and leaned towards their worldly accomplishments rather than seeking God’s’ anointing and power to perform the work of the ministry.
The Book of Acts Reveals How the Holy Spirit Changes Lives
A. The Holy Spirit is not a spirit of fear, but of Power (2 Tim. 2:7)
- Acts 2:14 – The twelve had courage, they stood instead of fleeing.
- We have to understand that there were thousands of people gathered there for the feast of Pentecost. Instead of them being intimidated and with fear they stood up with courage and preached the cornerstone message of the Gospel.
- Acts 8:1 – “…they were all scattered…except the apostles.”
- We have to admit, Jesus had already taught on the 4 different seeds the sower sows, “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” Matthew 13:20-21 ESV. It was the power of the Holy Ghost what kept these apostles and disciples on their feet.
- Mark 14:50 – The apostles fled before they were indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
- When the time came when Jesus was arrested at the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples ran and fled, afraid they were going to also be persecuted like Christ. The difference was they didn’t have the Holy Spirit in them.
B. The Holy Spirit gives boldness to uneducated men to sound and imitate Jesus.
- Acts 4:5-13 – Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit (v.8), not with the spirit of fear.
- These men were the same group that follow Jesus and later betrayed Him only a few weeks prior, see Mark 14:53-72.
C. The Holy Spirit is power and faith. Hechos 6:5.
D. Evil can’t stand against the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Acts 6:10.
- It was the Holy Spirit that spoke through them in their entire ministry. Their wisdom was not of their own, Paul said: “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” 1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV.
E. The Holy Spirit completely transforms the condition of man.
- Paul Before conversion: Acts 8:3 – “But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.”
- Paul at the time of conversion receiving the Holy Spirit: Acts 9:17 – “… Ananias … said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Paul received the Holy Spirit.
- Paul after conversion: Acts 9:27 – Preached boldly about Christ. “he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.”
Was there a visible transformation? Yes.
F. The Holy Spirit calls and sends out people to ministry, see Acts 13:2-4.
G. EVERYTHING IS DONE BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, see Acts 6:1-3.
- “look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” Acts 6:3 KJV. By them picking out men “full of the Holy Spirit” meant that they expected the Holy Spirit to do the work and not the men.
- It shows us here that even in serving tables the apostles didn’t based their selection in the abilities of man, not theirs talents, or education, but solely dependent upon the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit is our Helper, John 16:7 – “for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” ESV. It made sense why they seek men filled of the Holy Spirit for they knew the Helper was going to lead them.
Because the Holy Spirit played a dominant role in the growth of the church we learn the reason why the early Church had power. They believed and acted on all the words that Jesus had taught them, the Holy Spirit giving testimony of those words.
Today many ministers of the Gospel have taken measures on their own and have put aside the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit. Churches are filled with man-developed programs that were imitated by the world and not through Spirit of God.
Tell us what you think today’s’ churches need to imitate the pattern God set for us to follow. Leave your comment below.
Thanks, God Bless