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Character Of The Holy Spirit In Acts

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First major theme of the book of Acts is the work of the Holy Spirit in the apostles and the early church. Jesus appeared to his disciples and commanded them not to leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift, the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:3b-5) As they gathered together and prayed in one place, the Holy Spirit came to rest on each of them (2:1-3). The disciples who were filled with the Holy Spirit boldly proclaimed God’s word and performed miracles (2:14-42, 3:1-10). Throughout the book, the author focuses on how the Holy Spirt ministers the apostles and the believers in their lives and the community.
The Holy Spirit enabled Stephen to speak the truth boldly (6:10) until he was killed by the crowd (7:54-60). Saul the persecutor encountered with Jesus
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What observations do you have about the character of the Holy Spirit in Acts?
The Holy Spirit is the gift given by God freely to those who repent their sins and believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 1:4-5, 2:38). It is God’s promise for all the people (2:39). The Holy Spirit is available to any believers even if they are the gentiles. Peter was astonished when he saw that the gentiles also received the Holy Spirit (10:24-48). He realized that ‘God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right’ (10:34-35). Since it is the gift from God, it cannot be purchased with money (8:19-20).
The Holy Spirit gives us power to make things possible. Jesus said in Acts 1:8, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The power enabled the apostles to heal the sick (3:1-10, 5:15-16, 9:32-35) and raise people from the dead (9:36-43). The power also enabled them to speak the truth boldly (4:1-14, 7:1-53,
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In Acts 2:36, Peter preached that “Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” He also declared that “Jesus is Lord of all” (10:36). I understand that ‘Jesus is Lord of all’ means that everything is under his authority. In general, authority is not given to anybody but a person who is in the highest position.
In addition, Matthew 28:18 says that “Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth.” This verse reminds me of Genesis 1:1, which it say, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” According to Genesis, God has the authority over the heavens and the earth because he created them. Based on the scripture verses above, certainly, not only God but also Jesus has the authority over all.
Therefore, ‘Jesus is Lord’ implies meaning that Jesus is God. The meaning is clarified through Romans 10:9. It says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” The Lord Jesus came to the world to save us (John 3:17). Salvation comes from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who has the authority (Acts
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