Powerful Changes

January 7, 2009 at 10:18 am | Posted in Acts | 8 Comments
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The fourth book of the New Testament is called Acts. It was written by the Holy Spirit through a man named Luke, who was a Christian and a physician.

Acts is a book of transitions. One of the main themes is the transition from Jesus Christ being physically present with His people, to Jesus Christ being with His people in the Person of the Holy Ghost.

There is also a transition from the way the Holy Ghost operated among God’s people. In the Old Testament, we see what is sometimes called by Bible scholars, the “prophetic anointing.” In the Old Testament, the Spirit “came upon” the prophets and sometimes warriors, and at times the Spirit left them.

Here are some examples: Amasai, David’s chief of the captains (I Chronicles 12:18); the 70 elders (Numbers 11:25); Othniel (Judges 3); Gideon (Judges 6); Jephthah (Judges 11); Samson (Judges 14 and; 15); Saul (I Samuel 10 and 11); David (I Samuel 16); Azariah, who prophesied to Asa (II Chronicles 15); Jahaziel who prophesied to Jehoshaphat (II Chronicles 20); and Zechariah who prophesied right before they stoned him (II Chronicles 24).

The transition in Acts is from this type of Spiritual impartation, to something new, whereby the Holy Ghost takes up permanent residence inside those who have trusted Christ by faith.

Another interesting concept in Acts is the concept of power. We see the power of God manifested in special ways in the Book of Acts. We see it in the Word of God; in prayer; in love; in fellowship; in persecution; and in witnessing.

Acts takes us from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), and explains how the Gospel made it to Rome. To skip from the Book of John, straight to the Book of Romans, would be very confusing. We would wonder how in the world the Gospel made it to Rome.

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