Summary: The book of Acts doesn’t end with any benediction nor closure. Listen to the last two verses. Acts 28:30-31NKJ Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the th
The Unfinished Work of the Holy Spirit
The book of Acts is the only unfinished book of the Bible. The reason is this: “the Holy Spirit is still working to bring about the completion of the task assigned to Him on the day of Pentecost.”
Acts 2:1-4AMP And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place,
2 When suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other (different, foreign) languages (tongues), as the Spirit [a]kept giving them clear and loud expression [in each tongue in appropriate words].
The book of Acts doesn’t end with any benediction nor closure. Listen to the last two verses.
Acts 28:30-31NKJ Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.
There’s a hilarious story about a couple of nuns who worked in the hospital, who ran out of gas while driving to work one morning. A service station was nearby, but they had no gas container. Suddenly, one of them remembered a bedpan was in the trunk of the car. The gas was put into the pan and they carried it very carefully back to the car. As the nuns were pouring the gasoline from the bedpan into the gas tank, two men were driving by. Staring in disbelief, one said to the other, “Now, Fred, that’s what I call faith!”
So what’s the moral of the story? “What appears to be foolish isn’t. Those doubters just didn’t know the truth.” (And boy were they ever surprised when those two nuns went roaring by them on the freeway!)
Presently, “What is the job of the Holy Spirit?” He is to create the “perfect man.”
Ephesians 4:13NIV until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4:13TM until we're all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God's Son, fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.
“Presently, I believe, we are in the midst of the final stages of that glorious work.”
Hear this, “One of the biggest mistakes we make is comparing ourselves with someone else and concluding that because we don’t have their particular talents, we ‘don’t have what it takes.”
One day, God said to Moses, “What is that in your hand?” Moses replied, “A rod” (Exodus 4:2). Just a walking stick, no big deal. Really? God used it to dry up the Red Sea!