What we’re about to read about and study in the Book of Acts, from the coming of the Spirit of God upon all the believers from Pentecost on, is a name changer. I’m going to suggest that it is no longer the Acts of the Apostles; it’s really: The Acts of the Holy Spirit Through Anybody Who Believes and Is Available.
There were about 120 believers huddled together in Jerusalem waiting for something — they didn’t know what — but waiting for the Holy Spirit to come, and when the Spirit came, He didn’t just settle on the Apostles, or just the twelve who were with Jesus during His ministry; He came upon all 120 of them — men and women, young and old. If you were there and you believed Jesus was the Messiah, you received the Spirit, and not only that, you were given a job to do. You got the Spirit settling on you like a flame of fire, and you started extolling the virtues of God and all that He has done, in a language you did not know.
“Here we are,” the people said, “Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), Cretans, and Arabs. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other. (Acts 1:9-12)
It means that 120 people received the Spirit of God into their inner being and were immediately thrust into being witnesses to the glory of Christ among Jews from all over the area who had gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate Pentecost. And I’m sure that each one of those 120 people were in conversation that day about who Jesus was and what He had done. That also means that all those people they shared with later went back to their homes and villages from the surrounding regions with stories to tell. I’m sure some of them even became believers that day on the strength of the ministry of 120 people, especially after Peter’s message to the crowd about Jesus and the resurrection. They were enabled and empowered by the Holy Spirit in much the same way that you and I are today. They didn’t go to a seminar to learn how to share their faith; they didn’t need a course in the four spiritual laws; they didn’t graduate from Bible college; they received the Spirit, and God did the rest. Ordinary people. No big deal with them. The big deal was the Holy Spirit. The big deal still is the Holy Spirit — the Holy Spirit through anybody. You and me. It’s the same thing happening today because it’s still going on. This is just Acts, chapter 2017 of the book: The Acts of the Holy Spirit Through Anybody Who Believes and Is Available. What’s your chapter?