The glorious gospel. Acts 5:29-32
29 Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead – whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.’ NIV UK
Some years ago a friend spoke to me about a time when the ‘shine’ had gone off his salvation. I felt I understood what he was saying. The initial glow can wane. The bubbles can go flat. We can become so familiar with the gospel that the ‘good news’ doesn’t feel quite as ‘good’ as it once did. May God forgive us if we ever get so over-familiar with His truth that it doesn’t excite us anymore.
Let me invite you today to pause; to stand back and meditate on the basic facts of the gospel message as presented here with such economy of words. Is it not glorious in its simplicity, and yet unfathomable in its depths? Look at them; listen to them, until your heart burns.
Do you feel the compulsion to spread the news in the way the apostles did? (29). Such a sense of necessity comes from a combination of God’s known commands on the outside, and the conviction imparted by the Holy Spirit on the inside (32; see 1 John 5:7/John 15:26, 27). We have no plausible rational explanation for the boldness of the first preachers apart from the presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. These missionaries were ‘missiles’ launched into the world, with Holy Spirit thrust propelling them onwards and outwards. They had great power behind them.
As someone said, ‘The Holy Ghost gives you a Holy go.’
PRAYER: Lord, soften my hard heart; melt my cold heart. May I be set on fire by your truth.