Results of the Holy Spirit’s work

From Sunday’s sermon on Acts 2:42–47 NAS95:

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

In the aftermath of Pentecost with the Holy Spirit equipping the disciples to speak about Jesus to many thousands, Luke adds the consequence of such an epic event. Three specific consequences still impact the church today:

Worship: They were continually devoting themselves to four things: 1) apostles’ teachings, 2) fellowship, 3) breaking of bread, and 4) prayer. Those same four elements shape our worship today. The exhortation for us is to “continually devote ourselves” to the same.

Community: The response of faith is not one of indifference, but as 2:44–45 demonstrate, faith is active in love. Not segregation, division, or conditional love, but genuine love sees the needs around and responds. Here it was locally, but we also see it happening globally with Paul’s collection for the saints in Jerusalem during the famine (1 Corinthians 16:1–4).

Attitude: Note that in 2:46, they did so with “gladness of heart and sincerity of heart.” Even further, they were continuing “with one mind,” or as other translations have “with one accord.” The work of the Spirit through the word leads to that accord. Interestingly, this word “with one accord” () occurs 10 times in the NT, with 9 times in Acts. In the early chapters the word refers to the unity and oneness of the Christians. But beginning in Acts 7:58, when the people “with one accord” stone Stephen, Luke tends to use it as an indication of the negative unity, opposed to Jesus Christ and his followers. While Christians face multiple enemies in many disguises, there is a unity of purpose for those enemies, reflecting their unity with the arch enemy, Satan himself.

As God works in the lives of the believers, he is also busy reaching other people, sometimes directly through our verbal witness to Jesus Christ, but sometimes as people witness our actions in community. Other times as people observe our attitudes. And then the capstone, “And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (2:47).

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2 Responses to Results of the Holy Spirit’s work

  1. E. Elliott says:

    Enjoying your posts…..keep them coming!

  2. exegete77 says:

    Howdy, Erma. Good to see your presence.

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