It is written in the book of Acts, “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
Where did this boldness come from? To speak the word of God… with boldness! And how many of the first Christians did this? How many spoke the word of God with boldness? The Bible says, “Then they ALL…” How many of them? All of them! They were all filled with the Holy Spirit! They all spoke the word of God with boldness!
How did that happen? The verse tells us it happened after they had prayed. What does it say? “And when they had prayed…” They were assembled together. And they prayed… together! In one accord! And then the place was shaken! Shaken!!!
Picture the scene. Imagine it, as if you were there. Because God is waiting to pour out His Spirit again, today. He is waiting to pour out His Spirit upon His people today, like He did back then. This was not just some random occurrence. God did not just randomly decide to pour out His Spirit. It did not happen without the Christian’s cooperation with Christ. First, they had to obey the command of Jesus…
Persecution couldn’t stop them. They remained united and God continued to bless them. He poured out His Spirit on them all, and continued to do so… The power of the Holy Spirit filling each believer so that ALL of them could speak the word of God with boldness…
So what is the problem with the church today? Today, 2,000 years after Pentecost what holds people back from accepting the Everlasting Gospel? They hear those Bible truths, and I know. I’ve seen people hear those Bible truths, and they say, “You know, that sounds more accurate.” Because they may tend to be bible believers… and yet, something holds them back…
“We tend to make peace with our family traditions (or our comfortableness) before we make peace with cutting Bible truths.“
So is it impossible for today’s post-modern Christians to come together like that? To come together in obedience to Jesus’ prayer? To fulfill the gospel commission? What about Seventh-day Adventists? Can Adventists come together in united-ness, in obedience to Jesus’ prayer? Can we come together in fellowship and prayer like those early Christians did at Pentecost?
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