The Authority Of The Agency Representing Jesus Christ


 Jesus  wanted  the  disciples to teach and  feed  the  sheep [believers].  "He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son]  of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord,  thou knowest  all things; thou knowest that I love thee.  Jesus  saith unto him, Feed my sheep." (John 21:17)

Pentecost  did not come until after Jesus ascended a  second time  to  the Father in heaven. And before he left, he  told  the disciples  to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise  of  the Father of which Jesus had spoken in times past. Referring to John the  Baptist, He told them: "For John truly baptized with  water; but  ye  shall  be baptized with the Holy  Ghost  not  many  days hence." (Acts 1:5)

Receiving the Holy Ghost and the gifts of  the Holy Ghost by baptism have separate functions. Jesus Himself gave the  Apostles the authority to teach the good news. No one  else received the authority, teachers today just pass the Word of  God which they were authorized to write, along to others.

The Apostles were to record it as it had been taught by our Lord Himself in Acts 1:2. Jesus through the Holy Ghost had  given commandments  unto the Apostles. Why did Jesus tell them to wait for Pentecost if they had already received the Holy Ghost? Jesus said  that they needed the power after the Holy Ghost to  witness unto  Jesus unto the uttermost part of the earth.

They  were  His chosen  ones at the time of Jesus' ministry. The rest of  us  are the  "called"  ones. Israel had rejected the Messiah,  which  was meant to be. The Gentiles would not have had a chance otherwise. God  is merciful. The Apostles were all Israelis including  Paul. The baptism with the Holy Ghost empowered the Holy Ghost to speak through  the  Apostle Peter and prick the  hearts  of  listeners.

"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one  of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts 2:38) John the Baptist baptized Jesus with water, "And Jesus, when He  was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and,  lo, the  heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit  of  God descending  like a dove, and lighting upon him:"  (Matthew  3:16)

John  the  Baptist received the Holy Spirit within  his  mother's womb  by  miracle. (see Luke 1:15) He died for  the  Gospel  and people  who say that only Pentecostals who speak in  tongues  are saved are rejecting the Word as it is written.

The  Apostle Paul's baptism in Acts 9:17 was not  at  Pentecost.  He  received  the baptism  by  laying on  of  hands  by Ananias which was so ordered by God. "And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Any imitation of signs and wonders is going to  fail  ultimately. God Himself said that His Word is sufficient.

Building upon other prophets results in a house of cards.  Lie upon  lie  collapses the minute one examines  the  content. There is no substitute  for the Word of God, because it was written by  those men who were authorized and used by God, who breathed the  Scripture Himself.

Another  miracle  took place in Acts 4:29-31, "..  they  had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled  together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake  the word  of God with boldness." (Acts 4:31) Notice a forerunner  of the  weeding between sheep and goats at the final judgment.

"Neither was there any  among  them that  lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands  or  houses sold  them, and brought the prices of the things that were  sold, And laid [them] down at the apostles' feet: and distribution  was made  unto  every man according as he had need."  (Acts  4:34,35)

The  power which was flowing from what had just happened  at Calvary  was  so intense that liars were bereft of  their  lives. Another miracle happened at the jail which held the Apostles captive unsuccessfully.  And finally  when Simon saw that the Holy Ghost could be  transferred by  laying on of hands, he begged to buy the Holy Ghost and  the Apostle Peter chastised him to a point of cursing him.

Jesus  came to earth with great power, drawing  people  unto Himself as an infant even. He came with power to teach, to  heal, to  resurrect  and left in great power which  overflowed  on  all those  in  his presence. They truly had a heart  change,  as Jesus called it a circumcision of the heart, a cut into heart that  was as real as the back of our hands and stood as evidence from  that day  forward.  

In turn the opposition raised its head  almost  as powerfully  to  kill and destroy all physical  evidence  of God, Solomon's  temple.  The Apostles perished after writing the  New Testament as God commanded, sow God's seeds, the Words breathed by God,  could be planted in our hearts continuously to make  a cut and circumcise us forever.

The Church, the Body of Christ, is alive today because  the Holy Spirit is inherent in the Word through the 12 Apostles. "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye  also  may have fellowship with us: and truly  our  fellowship [is]  with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ." (1  John 1:3)  "But whoso keepeth his Word, in him verily is the  love  of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him." (1 John 2:5) Amen.

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