Purpose

Pete Kersker - May 25, 2018

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. (Acts 5:12 NIV)

It's exciting to read about a man being healed from an affliction he has had since birth.  It's even more exciting to read about how God worked through this miracle to teach more people about Jesus.  Exciting, however, is not the word that comes to mind when we read about two people dropping dead for lying to the Holy Spirit.  I'm not sure there is a word to describe that.

No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. (Acts 5:13 NIV)

People were frightened within the Church.  People were leery outside of the Church.  Something like that does not go unnoticed.  Word gets around.  People talk.  Suddenly, the apostles aren't being accused of being drunk (like the accusation on Pentecost).  Death has a sobering effect on people.  Now, everyone is wondering what they are really about.  Once again, people start to learn about Jesus.

Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. (Acts 5:14 NIV)

How about you?  Have you seen God work situations in your life so that you learned more about Jesus?

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