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Acts of the Apostles   1 comment

Acts of the Apostles

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Spirit Witnessing to Christ   1 comment

Acts 5

Above:  Part of the Original Text


Acts 5, 32


The Spirit is the great Witness Bearer to the spirits of men.  [He] bears witness to Christ and arouses a sense of sin by the word and witnesses to our salvation.  He carries on the work of Christ in the hearts of men.


He attends the faithful preaching of the word and applies it to the hearts of men.  Without this conviction men could not repent.  He irresistibly convicts men of sin.  Here is where the success of the gospel hinges.


He convinces men [that] it is Christ speaking to them in loving entreaty.  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”  His call echoes and reechoes throughout the chambers of the soul.  His “amen” accompanies the word to the soul.


When one repents and believes he bestows saving grace and enables one to cry, “Abba, Father.”  The voice within satisfies the longings of the soul.  Man is restless away from God; finding him he rejoices with “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

What joy to hear the Spirit tell one he is born of God.


Posted November 8, 2013 by neatnik2009 in George Washington Barrett 1914-1956, Luke-Acts

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The Folly of Resisting God   1 comment


Above:  The Conversion of St. Paul, by Caravaggio


Acts 26, 14

1.  Paul resisted the promptings, misgivings and warnings and grace.

(a)  Gamaliel’s counsel (ch. 5, 34-39)

(b)  Angel face of Stephen (ch. 6, 15), his dying prayer.  Paul tried to crush them out of his heart.

2.  We have warnings.  Many times better impulses & a pause of insecurity are experienced.  The Spirit tells us to repent.  Many tremble under it.  But like Paul, many resist it all and crush out these impressions.

3.  But that is to fight against God.  It is hard, useless to resist Him.  Such as one’s fate is inevitable.  Judgement will overtake him.  The outlaw is sure to fall after a while at most.  None have a plausible reason to rebel.  Why should the ox kick the goads?  Why resist one’s only hope?  Did it pay the Jews or Nineveh?

4.  Paul surrendered at once.  Seeing his error he at once abandoned it; tried not to excuse his way.  It is hazardous, foolhardy, to go against one’s knowledge of right.  Confess your sin and seek his mercy now!