The disciples experienced something of the power of the Spirit when they came out and served God. They heard Jesus promise a new coming of the Holy Spirit (John 14: 15-18). They received the Holy Spirit in a new way after Jesus finished his work on the cross and instituted the new covenant (John 20: 19-23). They heard Jesus command them to wait for the baptism of the Holy Spirit to seize to witness (Acts 1: 4-5). They were waiting until Pentecost came, but they did not know before that how much time would have to wait. It would be easy for them to think that he would come the same evening that Jesus ascended into heaven; or after 3 days or 7 days. But they had to wait 10 days until Pentecost.
The gift of the Holy Spirit comes according to his will, and often not as we expect, this gift can come not only on individuals but also on groups.
Importantly, they were all together. They were all gathered, sharing the same heart, the same love of God, and the same confidence in his promise...
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This was evidence of the power of God. One of the largest, most powerful works that God can do is change the human heart to the Lord reverent honor. Needless to say, "All who believed were together and had all things in common:" With the arrival of more than 3,000 believers, most of whom remained in Jerusalem and had no jobs, the family of Christians They had to share if they wanted to survive. The Jews had a huge custom of hospitality. The power of God is evident here that Jesus came to be much more important to them than their possessions. Their Christian experience was daily, cheerful and simple, good examples for us to follow.
Finally, it is said: "And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved" This is God 's pattern for church growth. If we are careful to follow the example of Acts 2: 42-47, God will make the church grow himself.
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