It’s Labor Day, I know. I haven’t blogged in a long time, so what better day to jump back into the swing?
The next two months at Midway Church, we’re reading thru the book of Acts as a part of the Midway Journal. It’s just a unified reading plan that we encourage all the members of Midway to experience each day. So, the first two chapters of Acts are quite interesting. Well, I suppose thats an understatement; I should say they’re world changing.
When you look down through time at the ripple effect of that day, as far as our ability to minister to each other is concerned, if staggering. Set aside some of the controversy for a moment and let’s look at what happened and to whom it happened.
1. A word from Jesus himself was fulfilled. He promised a comforter, an infilling of God’s Spirit. It happened on the Day of Pentecost, it was witnessed by many and was the stone thrown upon the still waters of the early church. It’s effects are eternal and still cause life change today. I’ll share my thought on this later.
2. Who was there? There isn’t a complete list of names given, but from all we know it was a group of those who followed Jesus and the disciples through at least part of Jesus’ life. It was those who had decided to become a follower of Jesus, and it was those who were seeking a greater understanding of what His life meant. It was also for those who were waiting on the comforter.
What does it all mean? I don’t even begin to be able to answer that question or questions is raises. But, here’s something that I’ve been thinking about in the last few days;
What if the power of the Holy Spirit was given for many purposes…not the least of which is to raise the dead?
Can a dead person be brought back to life physically? Absolutely. There are literally thousands of accounts of those who’ve been “on the other side” of death and been brought back to give an account. (A book that is very popular right now is called “Heaven Is Real” and is an account of a child who endured a traumatic event that caused him to pass and then back again to life. The book is written from experiences that the little boy conveyed to his parents in the months and years after this experience.) I recall as a young man meeting one who’d fallen from a building and died, only to come back and give a very detailed account of the afterlife; Heaven, hell and even people that he was allowed to meet. Now, it doesn’t really matter what we think about these accounts or even if ALL the accounts are legitimate or accurate; the question here is does the Holy Spirit give power to bring life again? YES!
You see I believe that God has called and equipped us to raise the dead; the spiritually dead! Ok, put down your stones. Hear what I’m saying, and set aside for just a moment your opinions on Calvinistic doctrines and their implications to this idea. Believe me when I say, I’m a 4 point Calvinist (if such a thing exists…lol) so I am familiar with those ideas. What I’m saying is that as believers that follow and hunger after Christ and His truth, the scripture clearly tells us that His power dwells on the inside of us. For what!? Just to make us feel better? No, it’s to love those around us to life. I don’t think there is a place we can go in this world where God and His Power can reach us and His love doesn’t lead us. Consider the scriptures…
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I can’t think of a more comforting scripture! In context of bringing life, consider a passage earlier on in that passage of Romans 8…
6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
If we have ANY power what so ever, we’ve got the power to lead people to a Spirit led life. We have the power of the Holy Spirit that guides and directs those who are aligned and on-line with what He wants in our lives and in the lives of others.
We have, through the Holy Spirit, the power to raise the dead. Don’t get lost in controversy. Don’t get overwhelmed with guilt or confidence. Run from ideas that lead you to thinking it’s any more than God’s mercy and grace alive in you!
Prayer: Lord let me be a life giver! As Romans 8:6 declares, remind me to life by the Spirit that lives on the inside of me. Remind me of who I am because of Christ. Remind me that I am filled with You when AND because I seek You. You’re my source and strength! For God You are good and Your mercy endures forever. Amen!