But when they believed Philip, who was proclaiming the Good News about the Kingdom of God and the Name of Jesus Christ, they were Baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed. After being Baptized, he stayed constantly with Philip and was amazed when he saw the signs and great miracles that took place. Acts 8:12-13
Simon the magician had been amazing townsfolk then he is saved by Christ and he realizes that Philip is Christ’s real deal. Where Simon had been fooling the people with his performances of magic, Philip is being used by Christ to do Christ’s preaching and healing work. Then by his one action he is defiled. Simon tries to buy his way into being an apostle; Simon is professing false witness.
Jesus shows us what this defilement is: ‘Then Jesus called the crowd to Him and said to them, “Listen and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to Him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then He said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”‘ Matthew 15:10-20
Christ cleanses defilement when we repent from our sin. Jesus is with God at the beginning of Creation; for 3 years He speaks only what the Heavenly Father tells Him to speak; Jesus and the Heavenly Father are One. What Jesus Christ began in the hearts of believers when He was alive on earth He continues, and magnifies, in the hearts of believers by the Power of the Holy Spirit. My friend, may your intentions be rooted in Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord.
Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the Word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah to them. The crowds with one accord listened eagerly to what was said by Philip, hearing and seeing the signs that he did, for unclean spirits, crying with loud shrieks, came out of many who were possessed, and many others who were paralyzed or lame were cured. So there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:4-8
Believers are scattered because of the brutal persecution taking place in Jerusalem. Although they have been spread out into the multitude of towns and cities, they are not passively silent for they are His proclaimers of Christ’s Resurrection and salvation. Joy is in Samaria where Christ is preached through Philip. The Holy Spirit’s fire is burning within hearts alive in Christ and believers are in one accord eager to be used by Christ.
Like Stephen, Philip is unafraid and confident in faith. These believers hear about the Word of God as hearts are filled with the Holy Spirit’s strong assurance Christ lives. Philip repeats the promises of Jesus, tell His parables and gives them understanding of Jesus’ three year ministry to give us all of God. They humbly give themselves to Christ and then they bring others to Christ by sharing their own stories of giving themselves to Lord Jesus and being Baptized.
Preacher Philip is one of the seven men who were chosen in Acts 6, Philip, is used by Christ for His continuing Advent of Miracles, casting out evil spirits, and curing of illnesses that had never been cured before. Christ is alive and using believers then and and uses you today. Can Jesus use you in such a manner as He used Philip? Certainly. Your eagerness to do your most for Him makes it so.
When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified His Servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though He had decided to release Him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of Life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. Acts 3:12-15
Peter gives credit and praise to Jesus Christ, who healed the man born lame, then calls them to repent for killing the Son of God. Who killed Jesus? Those who have wholly rejected the One who God sent to save us. Similarly and sadly, when you choose to align yourself with the evil one then you have rejected God’s Son too and are in need of repentance.
Repentance is to be sorry for our sin then turn our whole selves unto Christ– Who willingly forgives, He accepts us just as we are, and He gives us unmerited love (grace). Jesus Christ is love. He then takes us to be His loved ones, marks us within with the sign of His cross, and fills us with Holy Spirit life. We experience new birth and from that moment on are committed to doing the work of the Kingdom of God.
God our Heavenly Father is so pleased by our new birth in Christ. To this I am witness.
But God raised Him up, having freed Him from death, because it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. Acts 2:24
Death and evil never has a hold on you because Jesus Christ’s power is greater. Always has been and always will be. Christ’s powerful love blesses you with Spirit ability.
The Holy Spirit ability to powerfully refresh you with Jesus Christ’s alive Presence happens when you believe, study Scriptures, and take action for Christ. Questions are answered by Spirit. Guidance, help, His protection, relief, undergirding for your faith are freely given by Spirit. When you ask Christ then Spirit speak His answers. When you ask you will receive because His love for you is greater than anything.
As you are Spirit filled, Spirit gives you dawns of understanding that in all situations is not about you rather it’s all about Him. Life in service to Christ is about others. Not everyone will welcome you. Not everyone will listen to you. Not everyone will betray you. Not everyone will love you with Christ-like love. Yet Spirit power goes right around these that seek to bar Christ’s love from their lives so that your example of Jesus’ love is magnified in their lives.
Your Lord Jesus is freed from death so that you are freed. Completely depend on your Jesus Christ Good Shepherd who gave His life for you. (John 10:ll-18). What greater love can He show you?
Peter said, “No, this was what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:16-17
Peter is stands, speaking to interpret God’s outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon believers of a multitude of languages. When tongues like of fire appear over their heads and they speak, and those watching hear those anointed by the Holy Spirit speak in their own languages then the onlookers do not understand. These onlookers need someone to tell them what is going on.
At times when we’re confused about things of faith or Scriptural understanding we need someone to tell us what God is doing. Prophesy, visions, and dreams are all included in Holy Spirit outpouring. When you experience these then tell another believer or believers in Jesus Christ and do not be afraid.
By the power of the Holy Spirit in your life things of God will be revealed to you. What a joy and how amazing our Heavenly Father is for us. God wants for us to be included not excluded from His activities in His Kingdom within believers. And the Holy Spirit has future information for you, fresh anointing of Spirit’s love, and you are fully involved in the Spirit’s showers of blessings.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Acts 2:1-4
Jesus is Glorified by God again and this is the Glory which seals His Presence within us ! Remember back in our study of John when Jesus, referring to the Heavenly Father, said, “He will glorify Me, because He will take what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:14). This day is His declaration, perpetual each day forward. In giving you the Holy Spirit you are able receive the declaration of all of Christ as the Holy Spirit seals you securely in Jesus Christ’s compassionate loving wonderful Presence.
The Holy Spirit within each of us is what makes us Christ’s Church united in Him. The Kingdom of God is within our hearts and minds. Now when the Holy Spirit first came on Pentecost there was a dramatic visual and auditory announcement through tongues as of fire and the violent wind. When the Holy Spirit comes to you it is an unmistakable moment of history in your life as Spirit transforms you to make within you the true connection to Jesus Christ. Sealed, Spirit refreshes you with Christ’s Presence continually. Holy Spirit praying is naturally now very personal, between you and Christ, and Holy Spirit continues to give you everything of Christ.
This day, Pentecost, is seven weeks after Jesus Christ arose from death. Believer’s Pentecost is rooted in the Jewish faith as the day that Moses was given the Law on Mount Sinai. This day of Pentecost’s fulfillment through the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 is honored in Church seven weeks after Easter Sunday,
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus– for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” Acts 1:15
What deep grief the disciples experience from the fact that Judas, one of their own, betrayed Jesus into the hands of sinners. Yet Peter had listened closely as at the institution of Holy Communion Jesus had said, “satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31).
Similarly, Jesus Christ is praying for you (affirm in John 17) and gives you the charge to strengthen your brothers and sisters in Christ once you have turned back. Peter is strengthening others as he vigilantly describes Judas, who first tried to hang himself, spills his bodily fluids onto a piece of land bought with the pieces of silver given for His betrayal. Would that Judas would have turned back from denying Jesus as he remembered that there is no sin unredeemable in our souls except the total denial of Jesus’ Presence within us.
Peter is speaking before Pentecost. They will choose Matthias as disciple and after Pentecost the Holy Spirit will instead choose Paul– to widely spread Christ’s Kingdom Good News of salvation and New Birth by the Spirit of Truth. Both disciple’s ministries are blessed by Christ. Undoubtedly, Love in Jesus Christ’s shall win in your life. To keep your faith from failing turn to the Holy Spirit yielding as Spirit takes you, shakes you, makes you better than you have to be for Christ. Stay Christ’s
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask Him, “Who are you?” Because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after He was raised from the dead. John 21:12-14
Gathered beside a charcoal fire with the wind off the sea as reminder that He will soon give the Wind of the Holy Spirit to His followers, Jesus breaks bread and then serves. Our Suffering Servant Lord Jesus Christ will feed them until they want no more food. He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” as He is true to His word. He hands each of them the cooked bread and the toasted fish and as His arms extend giving sustenance they plainly view the fresh marks of the nails which brutally pierced His Sacred flesh.
The memories of His death on the tree have not been erased. They remember well and so do we. Evil within humanity hung our Savior on the Cross. He took that evil onto Himself and vanquished it. Evil never had any power over Him then, now, and in time to come. Yet evil may have a hold on the hearts of men and women who have not yet His Power within them to overcome it. For when your faith in Him quickens, belief in Christ transforms your heart and you’ll find time and time again that the source of your strength is directly in Savior Jesus Christ’s heart as His arms extend to you.
Christ’s heart is compassion, Holy mercy, kindness, patience, pure love, and the charcoal fire of your hope each day. He never stops serving His believers as we learn more from Scriptures, rely on His Holy Spirit to guide, and commune with each other to place our hope in Him. Just as the embers of the fire will die out when moved away from the main fire, so our faith may falter. Choose your times to be with other Christians and share faith’s witness in hope. Make this a spiritual habit. Christ prepares a table before us near the charcoal fire and then He serves, giving faith.
Let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them. Psalm 5:11
Walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:4
Born into the struggle against selfishness, God has given you the Holy Spirit which works within your conscience in order to open your heart-gate of compassionate loving whose source is Christ. Paul is writing about selfish desires and passions. Do not live selfishly.
Use the Holy Spirit as your decision gadge and compass each day. For it is up to us to care for the last, the least, and the lost. The last are those folks who are slower and need kindness extended perpetually. The lease are children and the poor. The lost are the ones who are adrift from Christ and may be gently turned to face His Cross and to witness the empty tomb’s Resurrection Light of Christ.