Summary: THis sermon aims to encourage the readers to come to God expecting that he will impart to them that which they desire.
Expectation results in Impartation
Bishop Dr Perry Edison Newton Sr
The word expectation means according to Webster: looking forward to; anticipation; a thing looked forward to; prospect of future success; to await; to watch.
My definition of expectation would be to adapt the attitude of receiving. To have the mind set to receive; looking forward to getting something to better ones condition; or that circumstances will change as a result of something one has done. If one prays to God; then one should anticipate or look forward to receiving the answer.
When a person comes to church; they come with the mind set that there will be a word from the Lord; they come expecting to be blessed by the singing and of course they come to participate.
When one comes expecting to receive something from God and to be blessed then there will be impartation.
The word impartation is noun of the word impart. The word imparts means to give a share or portion of; to give; to tell; to reveal.
In viewing the above, we can say that when one expects God to do an act on his behalf; God will do so.
However there will be no impartation (revelation, giving or telling) if there is no expectation.
Often we get what we expect; because expectation results in impartation.
Let us go to our text; Acts Chapter 3:1-12
Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer (9th hour)
A certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried whom they laid daily at the gate which is called beautiful, to ask alms.
Note; this man was lame from birth
He was taken to the gate daily to beg arms.
The bible record: "who seeing peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms."
The first thing we see here is that this man saw peter and John about to go into the temple and he asked for alms. The fact that he asked suggests that he considered that these two men might have had something to give.
Peter responded to the man’s request by stopping. The bible says; "He fastened his eyes upon him."
In other words Peter looked at him intently and asked the man to do the same. Peter said to the man "look on us."
The man gave heed. In other words he looked at Peter. The Bible says: he did so expecting to receive something of them.
Peter said to him, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
The man was expecting something.He got something, but it was not exactly what he had asked for.
Peter told him to rise up and walk; and in addition, he took him by the right hand and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankles bones received strength.
The Man leaped up stood and walk, and entered with them into the temple walking, and leaping and praising God.
Because he expected something he got something. He got more than alms; for now he could go and earn his own money and become an alms giver himself.
Expectation results in impartation.
Jesus wants us to come expecting that he will do for us. We dare not believe only after the thing has happened. We must believe that it will occur in advance of it coming to pass.
When we go to the John chapter five we see a similar event where expectation resulted in impartation.
There was a man who lay at the Sheep market to the pool called Bethesda; He had an infirmity for thirty eight years. It was known that at a certain time an angel would come to the pool and trouble the water and the first to go in would be healed. This man was one of many persons who lay at the pool. The Bible says: "in these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered; they were waiting for the moving of the water)"
When Jesus saw this man, he knew that the man had been a long time in that case (Jesus not even thirty three yet); so this man was sick long before Jesus was born. No doubt Jesus since he was a child would have seen this man.
Jesus asked the man: "wilt thou be made whole."
THe fact that this man was at the pool suggests that he was there expecting to get into the pool when the water was moved.
In response to Jesus’ question the man told Jesus of his dilemma; "Sir I have no man to put me into the pool: but while I am coming another steppeth down before me."
The fact that he would attempt to get into the pool was an act of expectation; he believed that something would happen if he fulfilled certain criteria.