Summary: The need for the power of the Holy Spirit in order to enjoy and to expand the Kingdom of God.
The Power Of The Holy Spirit
Study Text: Acts 10: 38
Acts 10:38: How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
The power of The Holy Ghost was on Jesus and it manifested in visible miracles, signs and wonders. In a similar way when the power came upon the apostles, God was confirming there messages with signs and wonders.
The Church of Jesus needs the power of the Holy Ghost today more than ever before. We are in an era that people need to see the signs and wonders for them to believe and for those who have believe to hold on steadfastly without wavering.
In Samaria, it would not have been possible for Philip to win the people from the hold of the deception of the magician if not that the Holy Ghost manifested His power through him, and the people seeing a greater power believed the gospel, including the magician himself. Acts 8:5-13: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.8 And there was great joy in that city.9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
If the Church will be effective in the preaching of the gospel to the dying world today, we need the manifestation of the power of the Holy Ghost, and we can get it if we are ready to walk in obedience to the word of God, ready to be used by God and willing to return all the glory back unto Him.
We will look at the power of the Holy Spirit in four dimensions:
1. The Creative Dimension of His Power,
2. The Restorative Dimension of His Power
3. The Protective Dimension of His Power
4. The Destructive Dimension of His Power
1. The Creative Dimension:
The creation of the heavens above us is said to be the work of God’s Spirit. By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Job 26:13
In addition, the Holy Spirit’s power is displayed in those continued acts of creation which are still performed in the world; such as the creation and birth of men, women, and animals. The creation of every man and woman and angel is the work of the Holy Spirit: and the creation of all life and all flesh in this world is as much to be ascribed to the power of the Holy Spirit as the creation of the heavens. Though our Lord Jesus Christ was born of a woman and made in the likeness of sinful flesh, yet the power that conceived him came entirely from God the Holy Spirit-as the Scriptures reveal, the Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God” [Luke 1:35]. The physical body of the Lord Jesus Christ was a masterpiece of the Holy Spirit.
Today we can still believe God for the creative dimension of the power of the Holy Spirit. New things that are missing but needed can be created by Him. He promised to make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
2. The Restorative Dimension:
The Holy Spirit has capacity to restore what has been stolen, killed and destroyed. Jesus manifested so as to destroy the works of the devil through the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the power of Holy Spirit by which the body of Jesus was raised from the grave after having laid there for three days and nights. In 1 Peter 3:18, “Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.” Also in Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”