The Sending of the Spirit
A Sermon on Acts 7:37-38
This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. (ESV)
What gives power to the Gospel message? Or even better, who gives power to the Gospel message? The world looks for those with eloquence and bravado, but God looks for holiness and faithfulness. Using Acts 7:37-38, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims that the power with which the apostles preached was not of man’s strength, but it was a direct result of what God had done in them. For on the day of Pentecost, God sent his Holy Spirit to indwell and empower the ministry and life of those Christians gathered in the upper room. This accounts for the apostle’s boldness before the very Jewish leaders who had put Jesus Christ to death only a matter of days before. This new Spirit-empowered boldness surprised the Jewish leaders, who thought them to be nothing more than uneducated fishermen. But it was the Spirit that filled these rural uneducated men to speak with clarity and power of the risen messiah, Jesus Christ. This Spirit that indwelled the believers of the early Church is the same Holy Spirit that spoke in the prophets of Israel in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit also inspired the Scriptures and the same Spirit that has been active in the Church through the centuries. For it is the power of God in the life of individual believers and in the Church universal.