Irritating Implications of Favorite Scriptures

Monday is for Discussion

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

What the text says:

  1. Jesus promises the Spirit to those who have believed
  2. Jesus says the result of the Spirit’s coming upon us will be that we will be witnesses.
  3. Jesus says that we will be witnesses everywhere.

As my friend John Nunnikhoven wrote (see comments here), there is no choice here. The Spirit will come; His followers will become witnesses. The only immediate evidence of the coming of the Spirit of Christ into our lives is that we become witnesses for Christ.

Millions and millions of professing Christians in the United States NEVER open their mouth for Christ. They never tell people of the Kingdom. They never call friends and family to repent. They never call them to believe in the gospel. They are like Spirit-less Peter before the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The problem is we live in a post-Pentecost world. The Spirit has been given. All believers have the Spirit. Are we fooling ourselves about the number of Christians in America? Are millions of church goers in America living with a false sense of security in their salvation?

Unsettling questions.

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