THE NEW MAN - PETER
What a difference the coming of the Spirit made in Peter and on all the others who received Him. They obeyed Jesus’ instructions “not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4). In the absence of Christ they would “receive power when the Holy Spirit” came upon them becoming His “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth” (1:8). This monumental assignment required prepared hearts through waiting in prayer.
As the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost and filled those gathered, things were happening that caused the “multitude” to be “bewildered…amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean’” (2:6, 7, 12). Peter, the man who seemed to always say the wrong thing at the wrong time, is now totally different. “Standing with the eleven, lifted his voice and addressed them” (2:14). Peter continued to preach in power what the Holy Spirit gave him so that those listening “were cut to the heart” (2:37). Look at the results: “So those who received his word were baptized and there were added that day about three thousand souls” (2:41).
Transformation occurs when we allow the Holy Spirit to take charge. One of the greatest needs we have in our day is to stop trying to do ministry with our methods and abilities. Submission to the Spirit opens the door for divine power to communicate timeless truth through these vessels of clay. Old habits and personal traits that hinder God’s work disappear as we allow the Spirit to gain total control, working through us for God’s glory.
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