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In the first case, all the disciples were powerful on the day of Pentecost, and they had the release, boldness, and encouragement. They dared to speak as the Lord led. They also had the gifts; they spoke in tongues, in different human languages. Peter and the others also had the gift of preaching.
Before the day of Pentecost, Peter spoke foolishly many times. Only once, in Matthew He recognized the Lord as the Christ, the Son of the living God. This was the clearest and most accurate word he spoke.
Besides this, whatever he spoke was often foolish. However, his message on the day of Pentecost was wonderful. It was clear, powerful, and given in a good way. At that time he received the gift of preaching. He had not only the power to preach but also the gift to present the gospel in a good, effective, prevailing, and brief way in a good order.
This was the sermon, the message, given by Peter, an unlearned fisherman, who received a gift. In the second case, the case of the Samaritan believers in Acts 8, there is nothing concerning speaking in tongues. However, people could see that the believers had the Holy Spirit upon them. There must have been certain signs which people saw that indicated that the Spirit was upon them.
Some today may insist that what they saw was speaking in tongues. However, the Holy Spirit in composing Acts 8 does not mention speaking in tongues, and what the Scriptures do not say may be more meaningful than what they do say.
There is nothing mentioned by the Spirit about speaking in tongues, yet people saw that the Holy Spirit came down upon the saints. Many times I have seen people receive the Holy Spirit upon them without speaking in tongues.
There is some kind of sign by which we know the Holy Spirit is upon a person. The third case is concerning Saul, who later became the apostle Paul. Shortly after he was saved, a disciple, a believer by the name of Ananias, came to him and laid hands on him, and Saul received the Holy Spirit.
In this case, nothing more is mentioned.
Later, the apostle Paul said that he spoke in tongues more than others 1 Cor. Therefore, we should not insist that speaking in tongues is the initial evidence of the Holy Spirit. We have at least the two cases of the Samaritan believers and of Saul, in which the Scriptures do not mention speaking in tongues.
The fourth case is concerning the house of Cornelius. This case is very wonderful.
At the time the people in that house were regenerated, they all received the Holy Spirit upon them, and they spoke in tongues Acts The people there received almost everything. They received the Holy Spirit within as life, and at the same time they received the Holy Spirit without as power.
They received life, they received power, and they received a gift. This is the normal case. In the normal condition, a person is saved in the way of the house of Cornelius.
At the same time the Holy Spirit comes into him as life to regenerate him, He comes upon him as power.The Holy Spirit in Acts This painting by El Greco in the El Prado Museum depicts the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
How does Luke portray the gift and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts? The Holy Spirit as the Origin of the Eschatological Community Available at Amazon USA / UK. In A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, Matthias Wenk explores Luke’s theology of the Holy Spirit in Acts, as well as the Gospel of Luke.
He is convinced, and persuasively argues, that there are two main truths that Luke seeks to communicate about the outpouring of the Spirit. Liberty University The Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts A research paper submitted to Professor P. L. Brewster In Partial Fulfillment of the requirements For.
The 6th installment of a series on the Holy Spirit. Tonight we’re moving into the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, but which more appropriately . Acts: The Holy. Spirit at Work in Believers.
Based on the Independent-Study Textbook by George O. Wood. Berean School of the Bible a Global University School. The Holy Spirit in Acts: The Power of the Holy Spirit The book of Acts demonstrates that the Holy Spirit leads and empowers the church for growth and service.
The church’s success is vitally tied to its relationship with the Spirit.