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Overcome the Opposition of Unbelief Acts 5:17-32

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Seen wonderful, breath-taking beaitufil things. but hide nothing - not written like ad company - or struggle, … phenomeal growth, fellowship - htypocrisy - opposition. Like a beautiful marriage - not perfect in this world, not free from conflict - grace and love shown in cottext of hurt forgiveness, striving to grow from selfishness, weakness, … Like a tree no wind - develops no strength … apple trees - stressed -hacked up; Kind of like Isaac Newton’s law - every action, equal and opposite reaction!
Though not eternally true spiritually - God has deemed it best in this world - that we must press intot he Kingdom of God, take it by force - Spiritual law = for every exertion of supernatural power for good there is (or appears to be) an equal and opposite reaction of supernatural evil! Though powers of darkness not equal, nor beyond God’s control - serve a purpose - and we must be ready to ctonend against them - find Church as it is in reality and in a battle - Jesus said inthis world will have trouble … but take heart I have over come the world . why later in they go to all the new Xns …
Acts 14:22 ESV
strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Seet he KofG can’t advance among us without Satan trying to hinder it. Service of Novels This Present Darkness - F Pereti… NA CHurch lulled into thinking we can have jesus reign in us without hardship or persectution. Jesus and his gopsel so precious, alleivate harm - but requireus to exercise faith with great patience - we are to prepare to face struggles -every time grace advances among us!
Key Truth: Overcome the opposition of unbelief, with courageous faith & the Holy Spirit!
Overcome the opposition of unbelief, with courageous faith & the Holy Spirit!
A) Believers are always in a battle with unbelief, and must understand its opposition! V17, v.28
Context of opposition to faith in world’s Messiah!
Context of opposition to faith in world’s Messiah!
I. Outward - miracles in name of LORD with message of what they meant = signs! Cripples,. But now whole towns surrounding Jerusalem coming - one accord in Solomn’s Portico
II. Inward - hypocrisy A&S, reveals real battle, real presence of Lord among them - mega power in word, mega grace, mega awe/fear presence of Lord - those who play act ;
But also in v.13 in faceo f opposition - some believe but not gathering in one accord YET - Like Nicodemus - maybe you in danger of play act, uncertain to give yourself to devoted following, yet fearful of sticking out - all a work in progress maybe at this early stage!
General Principle: Kingdom of God advances, expect and be ready for this opLposition =
General Principle: Kingdom of God advances, expect and be ready for this opLposition =
But now if in a battle, surely one of the tactics is not just to know what you believe - going to effectively engage this world with the gospel - must know the enemy of unbleif - an anatomy of unbelief - Best offense is a good defense! In other words naive to think - just blieve what I want, and never have to deal with any opposition - if that your approach fear and avoid - if that’s your approach never engeage boldly - but with respect and love!
B. Never lose sight of the folly of unbelief!
B. Never lose sight of the folly of unbelief!
In our cultulre people want to say - irrational to believe -0 unscientific, heard a astory of great prof teacher came to town - prove God exists - boy came and said prove that he does not exist! Turn the tables - belief in God - belief in His supernatural activity in this world - properly basic and reasonable belief!
In our cultulre people want to say - irrational to believe -0 unscientific, heard a astory of great prof teacher came to town - prove God exists - boy came and said prove that he does not exist! Turn the tables - belief in God - belief in His supernatural activity in this world - properly basic and reasonable belief!
But look at these Saducees - no reason given for not believing, no civil discussion - no what word amrks there resoponse?
But look at these Saducees - no reason given for not believing, no civil discussion - no what word amrks there resoponse?
Filled with jealousy = split in half - coming apart at the seams - irrational rage and emotion - dEOSN’T FIT With the W.V NOR WITH THEIR AIM IN LIFE!
Filled with jealousy = split in half - comiong apart at the seams - irrational rage and emotion - dEOSN’T FIT With the W.V NOR WITH THEIR AIM IN LIFE!
You know what jealousy is: can be zeal, but most often a selfish, self-centred anger disguised as zeal… reacted with anger …
Gustav Mahler 1860-1911 one of greatest compsers world has seen. Insanely jealous of his wife's abilities. Alma Schindler was a composer in her own right. Couldn't cope with the applause and praise she got. On wedding day, handed her a note "From now o, there will only be my music. Not our music, but my music"
Affects church soemtimes too - someone else's children given some attentionkterteamtment way are awnte complements, weealth, even talents not evenly distr\bitued… root of bittereness growing nyou underground - spirit of jealousy
Sanhedrin filled with Jealosuy - like autocratic powers all through history - going to shut you up, trip up, lock you up = why behind spirit of this jealousy isa hatred of the truth
That is why people oppose Jesus - shake up their world their aim. What were the Saducees w.v and aim? Liberal part of Judaism - anti-superantural camp - God but for us this world is all their is, be moral , maybe know stories of God, but no miracles, no after-life - - lived lives to get ahead in this world only - biggest teaching - no resurrection -
What made them so offensive = teaching resurrection not just in endtimes - but rightnow in Jesus - power of resrruection life, healed, power of resurrection life - new age of Messiah as believe and participate in that resurrection
Like Chiristopher and Peter Hitchens - no room for God - The Rage Against God!
Like Chiristopher and Peter Hitchens - no room for God
Throw them in the public prison , next morning look what they are going to do v. 21b emphasis on whole formal assembly - civl and church leaders all together - to stand against - use their power!
We will wait to see how God responds, but whenthey finally doget them intheir Look again at how unbelief has to work:
Talk to Christian's in the academy - you will see that unbleif there is not becauseo f man's ability to reason , ultimately a result of irrationality - a matter of feeling and prejudice - presupposition can't defend!
= way the Lord was treated - away with him, crucify him, give us Barrabas …
= way the Lord was treated - away with him, crucify him, give us Barrabas …
Now when the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them, wondering what this would come to.
They had the facts, the healings, the empty tomb with no body produced, the miracles of ordinary men filled extraodinary Spirit and learningin Scriptures and fulfillment beyond mere human possibility! Crippled healed, Ananias and Sapphirra deaths. Extraordinary manfiestestions of supernatural power! - didn't understand it, could not explain it - but they dind't take sci attitude - get dispute facts, let's investigae with attitude of humble inquiry… give apostles opportunity - slammer -annooyance indignation stop preaching!
Same today - people so tolerant today - not only excuse but legitimize moral perversions! In past judged with passions and regarded these people as criminals… but now tolerate and break laws of nature - say it is all normal whatever you want! Tolerate perversion, foulness - but can't tolerate the gospel!
Same today - people so tolerant today - not only excuse but legitimize moral perversions! In past judged with passions and regarded these people as criminals… but now tolerate and break laws of nature - say it is all normal whatever you want! Tolerate perversion, foulness - but can't tolerate the gospel!
Ie. Baar's case - Easter Bunny is real… if Hindu or Muslim - don't celebrate Easter - tolerate that - diverse culture…but if a Christain couople in every other area - Well then listen to them speak about how won't Toelrate the Gospel - sneer contempt bitterness! - some of course don't help our cause - Religious Right - unquestioning …
V.28
Any examination of the facts? Pure power play - coercion - Is that how the high priest, the priest, the elders are to - look at the OT - what warrant - understand at the heart of unbelief in work of God, is a defience, rebellion, ignoring a contempt for the Word of God!
Any examination of the facts? Pure power play - coercion - Is that how the high priest, the priest, the elders are to - look at the OT - what warrant - understand at the heart of unbelief in work of God, is a defience, rebellion, ignoring a contempt for the Word of God!
Like old covenant -
Like old covenant -
You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.
You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.
What it measn to abide in to adhere to God's word…
All of us defend, live by this, but those commissioned apostles , pastors teachers… chage given to disciples must be carried out - teach, proclaim!
Why church in such disarray - diversity - not just culture, denom emphasis - because men rather than God obeyed, not looked to God's word but fallible changelabl eideas of men - - Why often more in common among Bible believing Sn across denom, than within denominations! Add nothing, take away nothing! OT and NT - not business of priest, pastors, proclaimers - entrusted with trasure never cahnges … applyit in chanign world…
Role of priest, pastor =
For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
No authority to spout my opinions, forecasts, predictions.. God didn't appoint me to preach what I think is good… but His WORD! If deviate from this word - treat me as private indivudal or a devil! Ambassador charged to expound Word once delivered to you in this time!
But last two things we must notice in this battle, is how God responds and how God’s people respond to unbelief!
C) God laughs and scorns to expose unbelief - like - as they rage like 2 year old trying to push an adultinto pool - Look at the irony here!
Acts 5:19 ESV
But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,
An angle of the Lord they don’t believe in angels. Do you? Not in an age need them for revelation, nor even for miraculous deliverances that validate the Word -
V.19 An angle of the Lord they don’t believe in angels. Do you? Not in an age need them for revelation, nor even for miraculous deliverances that validate the Word -
But God sends an Angel, could have done it directly - to scorn their unbelief in angels, but also to show us who read this - that the angel of the LLord encamps aroudn those who fear him, sends his angels even through timeso f trouble -
But God sends an Angel, could have done it directly - to scorn their unbelief in angels, but also to show us who read this - that the angel of the LLord encamps aroudn those who fear him, sends his angels even through timeso f trouble -
in order to strengthen us in our weakness, he tells us : "that his angels are like guards in his service to protect us and watch over our salvation
Hebrews 1:14 ESV
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
, ; servant of Elijah eyes opened always present to watch over us and show his care for us… Not sense power alone, but care! Why at night…
Psalm 91:11 ESV
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
, ; servant of Elijah eyes opened always present to watch over us and show his care for us… Not sense power alone, but care! Why at night… - one of you in hard time - take comfoort - need supernatural protection , strength
- one of you in hard time - take comfoort - need supernatural protection , strength -
And what an effect on the apostles - if God just sent a message now go back to temple courts - How wwould you respond?
And what an effecto n the apostles - if God just sent a message now go back to temple courts - How wwould you respond?
What now - just went through hard time, persecuted, prudence to lay low - had my times of suffering, let’s wait for things to cool down …
No they know have a commssion to witness to this jesus, and experiencing the presence and deliverance of this angel - armed with supernatual boldness - our knowledge of God’s oversight through agnels in our lives - fulfill our duties and commands - not complain too dangerous, too hard, … just go back to my private enjoyments and not your kingdom engagements!
Acts 5:20 ESV
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
No they know have a commssion to witness to this jesus, and experiencing the presence and deliverance of this angel - armed with supernatual boldness - our knowledge of God’s oversight through agnels in our lives - fulfill our duties and commands - not complain too dangerous, too hard, … just go back to my private enjoyments and not your kingdom engagements!
Acts 5:21 ESV
And when they heard this, they entered the temple at daybreak and began to teach. Now when the high priest came, and those who were with him, they called together the council, all the senate of the people of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.
Did you catch that -when did they go to the temple courts - not a week from them after recoveered from night in public prison - at day break!
Did you catch that -when did they go to the temple courts - not a week from them after recoveered from night in public prison - at day break!
Did you catch that -when did they go to the temple courts - not a week from them after recoveered from night in public prison - at day break!
Anyone procrastinating this morning on a command a duty a job opporuntiy Lord has shown you - saying do it tomororow , some day - never comes - How different if knw living God watching over, you empowring you, even dispataching angels to strengthen you uphold you… like jesus when he was going to great duty to serve you!
Anyone procrastinating this morning on a command a duty a job opporuntiy Lord has shown you - saying do it tomororow , some day - never comes - How different if knw living God watching over, you empowring you, even dispataching angels to strengthen you uphold you… like jesus when he was going to great duty to serve you!
But ntoice secondly how else God resopnds to unbelief - here these rulers so fearful of the gospel - oppwer wrods about God huamnity, kingdom, of resurrection!- so jealous
But ntoice secondly how else God resopnds to unbelief - here these rulers so fearful of the gospel - oppwer wrods about God huamnity, kingdom, of resurrection!- so jealous
Acts 5:20 ESV
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
How those words win the people over in a way their power and wealth can’t! These preists charge them not to speak in the name of Jesus!
How those words win the people over in a way their power and wealth can’t! These preists charge them not to speak in the name of Jesus!
And look at their faces the next mornignin intheir morning trail meeting. They proudly say bring in the prisoners - gaurd scurries to get them - comes back out of breath - gone! Supernaurally gone - , but what strikes fear into them is someone else bursts into the room - Temple, they’re in the temple! Teahcing people and here is God’s response to those who deny the resurrection in this world!
It is in them doing what the angel commmanded -
Acts 5:20 ESV
“Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
It is in them doing what the angel commmanded -v.20 “speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
Who here so wretched won't protect his life… basic instinct - meant to live… what about your eternal life - not just shared with other eternal life peple, but life of Jesus shine in us, even in our bodies - each according to their portion = DO YOU VALUE LIFE FROM JESUS this morning? THEN… believe
Who here so wretched won't protect his life… basic instinct - meant to live… what about your eternal life - not just shared with other eternal life peple, but life of Jesus shine in us, even in our bodies - each according to their portion = DO YOU VALUE LIFE FROM JESUS this morning? THEN… believe
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Go home - discuss sermon - to remember it - study Scrip thru week… want to reach heavenly kingdom - the GOSPEL is the doorway… Jesus says:
Go home - discuss sermon - to remember it - study Scrip thru week… want to reach heavenly kingdom - the GOSPEL is the doorway… Jesus says:
John 8:47 ESV
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
Have you been of God this week- are you of God this mornign - will you …
Have you been of God this week- are you of God this mornign - will you …
Word of LIFE = in consideration of the law - law brings life to man if we follow it; those … rule of right living… but quoting =
Galatians 3:10 ESV
For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.”
Do you get that? If only toelerate preaching of ideal, insp way to live - law not beatingyou up and ointing you to Christ - useless and depressing - come to hear the word of life - anyone feel condemned by not being the perfect Xn…
Do you get that? If only toelerate preaching of ideal, insp way to live - law not beatingyou up and ointing you to Christ - useless and depressing - come to hear the word of life - anyone feel condemned by not being the perfect Xn…
Got news for you - God sees way mnorefaults in other or you and I that we courselves… says new way to live!
Galatians 3:13–14 ESV
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Got news for you - God sees way mnorefaults in other or you and I that we courselves… says new way to live!
Understand I'm not preaching law now - but a teaching of life - = gospel !
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
Understand I'm not preaching law now - but a teaching of life - = gospel !
Says you can't fnd life ,real life - by like unregenerate huanity - trying to be good enough, must seek all your slavation in Cchrist, all yourr life - receive blessing through his death and suffering…
So much of our life look others and self, now must find it in Christ!
So much of our life look others and self, now must find it in Christ!
Gospel embraced = Words of this life = earlier Petyer confessed to Jesus -
Gospel embraced = Words of this life = earlier Petyer confessed to Jesus -
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
In Solmon's Portico - Peter had called Jesus "the Author of life."
Later Luke records, when someone here repents -means by which God is opening the doorway to eternal life =
When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
Of THIS Life - expect speak back in prison, death - death all around them - yet angel says spiritual life - past life is deead, and our lives are now hidden in Jesus Christ and fully revealed only in the last day () = Holy Spirit bears witness that we have another life greater than the life of this world…
Of THIS Life - expect speak back in prison, death - death all around them - yet angel says spiritual life - past life is deead, and our lives are now hidden in Jesus Christ and fully revealed only in the last day () = Holy Spirit bears witness that we have another life greater than the life of this world…
Where is this life - above with Christ - in ourselves, in the other old life - only wretchedness, and weakness and impoerfection - In Christ all our good, our life our salvation
Where is this life - above with Christ - in ourselves, in the other old life - only wretchedness, and weakness and impoerfection - In Christ all our good, our life our salvation
In the end - Gamaliel - propehsy - if it is from God,you will not bbe able to overthrow them ! Testimony of Xn church through the ages - it tands forever no matter how much oppostiion - q qill we stand with her!
But let us conclude with how the apostles respond to unbelief. in 29-32
In the end - Gamaliel - propehsy - if it is from God,you will not bbe able to overthrow them ! Testimony of Xn church through the ages - it tands forever no matter how much oppostiion - q qill we stand with her!
D. Believers Respond to Opposition By Pointing to Jesus and What He Gives!
We already noted how receive strength and direction supernaturally they obeyed - now say heart of the matter is to obey God - what does that mean -
We already noted how receive strength and direction supernaturally they obeyed - now say heart of the matter is to obey God - what does that mean -
Biggerst deal in the world is Jesus, come to God through him. we have the gospel condensed other sermons in 31 Gk words = Jesus = made point of "men of Israel, hear these words Jesus of Nazareth (Day of Pentecost), To crippled man "I have no silver or gold, but what I do have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazerteth, rise up and walk. 3:6; 3:13 sermon in Portico "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorfied this Jesus; , Realsed from Prison in 4:10 = in the name of Jesus made WELL/SAVED!@
Biggerst deal in the world is Jesus, come to God through him. we have the gospel condensed other sermons in 31 Gk words = Jesus = made point of "me of Israel, hear these words Jesus of Nazareth (Day of Pentecost), To crippled man "I have no silver or gold, but what I do have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazerteth, rise up and walk. 3:6; 3:13 sermon in Portico "the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorfied this Jesus; , Realse from Prison in 4:10
= in the name of Jesus made WELL/SAVED!@
James Audubon - lived in cane-brakes, swamps, prairies among aborignal tribes - to remotest haunts - like Big year. But all to become a compete ornithologist - Paris collecting subscriptions forhis new work -diary full of wretchedness - nothing for him in Paris, only bright dream that he had wa when he saw the stock-pigeons building their nests in a garden at Tuileriers… allthe rest pictures at Louvre, magnificent palaces nothering
James Audubon - lived in cane-brakes, swamps, prairies among aborignal tribes - to remotest haunts - like Big year. But all to become a compete ornithologist - Paris collecting subscriptions forhis new work -diary full of wretchedness - nothing for him in Paris, only bright dream that he had wa when he saw the stock-pigeons building their nests in a garden at Tuileriers… allthe rest pictures at Louvre, magnificent palaces nothering
Came to London same thing . Not a single incident shows a comfrtable frame of mind, till one day a flock of wild geese passing voer the city . Wrote in London newspaper - While I am writing I think I hear the rusle of the wings of pigeons in the backwoods of America. The man's soulwas full of birds, nothing but birds, and of course he became a great naturalist!
We need proclaimers who live only for Christ's glory.
Acts 5:31 ESV
God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.
We need proclaimers who live only for Christ's glory
Acts 5:30 ESV
The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree.
Have you honoured him? How know if he has preeminence in your life - how rule? = governs us by giving repentance and forgiveness of sins = given power and authority by His gospel to do this in our lives = two matters of gospel in each sermon … forgiveness by cross not ritual; repentance not penance but renewal of amn = renounce self in order to come to God - God bringing renewal by Holy Spirit!
Have you honoured him? How know if he has preeminence in your life - how rule? = governs us by giving repentance and forgiveness of sins = given power and authority by His gospel to do this in our lives = two matters of gospel in each sermon … forgiveness by cross not ritual; repentance not penance but renewal of amn = renounce self in order to come to God - God bringing renewal by Holy Spirit!
Reonouce everything else except knowing Jesus in this way = we must glory in the knowdlge of Jesus!
Reonouce everything else except knowing Jesus in this way = we must glory in the knowdlge of Jesus!
Announcing in all these beyond getting forgiveness God has done something new in jesus set Him as Prince of new Order - Making All Things new through him - - all healing showing everything body and soul ailments, weakness, death …
announcing in all these beyond getting forgiveness God has done something new in jesus set Him as Prince of new Order - Making All Things new through him - - all healing showing everything body and soul ailments, weakness, death …
Man has no capacticty to repent unless it comes from God! God grants repentance so that you and I take advantage of it every day of our lives! = puts us on the path and take a few steps- persevere whole journey!
Man has no capacticty to repent unless it comes from God! God grants repentance so that you and I take advantage of it every day of our lives! = puts us on the path and take a few steps- persevere whole journey!
Forgiveness is the bedrock of our blessedness and salvation as men! Not frivloulous thing, but why he gave so much .. Made a curse for us… Luther's discovery - not earn forgiveness not make self lovable; faling, broken people are not loved because they are attractive, they are attractive because the are loved!
Forgiveness is the bedrock of our blessedness and salvation as men! Not frivloulous thing, but why he gave so much .. Made a curse for us… Luther's discovery - not earn forgiveness not make self lovable; faling, broken people are not loved because they are attractive, they are attractive because the are loved!
The heart of transformation, is the transformation of the heart !
That’s third thing - apostles do responding to unbelief - invite obdeince , following comiong to jesus with the witness of the Holy Spirit - those who come to jesus given new gift of Holy Spirit - and the life, the power, comfort the strength, the guidance of the spirit working with the truth of God’s word - witness to this resurrection!
Acts 5:32 ESV
And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
That’s third thing - apostles do responding to unbelief - invite obdeince , following comiong to jesus with the witness of the Holy Spirit - those who come to jesus given new gift of Holy Spirit - and the life, the power, comfort the strength, the guidance of the spirit working with the truth of God’s word - witness to this resurrection!
And what is the result - if meet opposition with faith and the Holy Spirit?
Acts 5:14 ESV
And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women,
Important distinction here - they were brought into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through faith and repentance, and as a consequence, were id'd with God's people.
Important distinction here - they were brought into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through faith and repentance, and as a consequence, were id'd with God's people.
Protestant distinction = it is the believers relationship to Christ that put him in connection with the Church; not his connection with the Church that puts him into a saving relation to Christ! George Smeaton
= revival - sense of God's powerful presence, responsiveness to his Word, a senstivity to sin, zeal in promoting fellowship, fruitfulness in evangelism
As you are connected like that you are filled with the Holy Spirit to proclaim Jesus as the Spirit opens up your heart and mouth.
As you are connected like that you are filled with the Holy Spirit to proclaim Jesus as the Spirit opens up your heart and mouth.
not just forgiven , moral change, united to Christ, bound to him, participate in the divine nature = regenerate born again! (Peter would later say!, born from seed of living Word!
And Of this new life (death res) they were witnesses - not just eye, but PROCLAIMERS - mouth witnesses changing the world , not only that all who come to this Prince = gvien His Holy Spirit - even thoughthey suffer at hands of authroities given rich reward of the minsitry and empowring and presence of the Holy Spirit! = you and me
Key - Spirit's power to heal accompany gospel; but Spirit's mission as Jesus' witness is not just miracles or apostles - every believer = Spirit opens every believer's heart and mouth to be a proclaimer….
Key - Spirit's power to heal accompany gospel; but Spirit's mission as Jesus' witness is not just miracles or apostles - every believer = Spirit opens every believer's heart and mouth to be a proclaimer….
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
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