Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues (or other languages) and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.
Moving on from yesterday’s devotion, God continues to supply in surprising and radical ways. Those who had been baptised by John under the Old Covenant, received a temporary washing away of forgiveness. Now through Jesus, they have received sustained assurance of God’s forgiveness by the indwelling of the Spirit, the permanent mark and seal of God’s love. Through this ministry of Trinitarian baptism, Jesus the Saviour is revealed and glorified as the Spirit releases power in the gifts of language and proclamation.
See how God is lifting his church, making it buoyant! Twelve ill-prepared, yet faithful disciples with very little to offer have experienced heaven open above them and within them. Gifts of human language for the proclamation of the Gospel and the care of souls. Perhaps also, heavenly language for praise, worship, and the care of their own souls. The gift of prophecy to speak and act out the Word of God, declaring the Glory of Jesus their Saviour and by the power of the Spirit, call their family and friends to the arms of God who is love. God wants to build his church.
Lord of the harvest, send out workers into these ripe fields! Open your heaven and let your kingdom come near and within. Amen.
Today's devotion provided by David Schuppan, LifeWay Illawarra Site Pastor