by Christina Farris
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Change is not so much a word that should be used because God's authority is all the same. I talk about change from time of Christ coming but it was only for 33 years of human life that Jesus was upon earth. The Holy Spirit came after Jesus though He always was and is. He was who convicted the lost even at the time of Christ ministry. If we separat the Holy Spirit from Jesus, Jesus is only a man correct? No, for Jehovah God the Father is part and is in Christ as well. If we believe God is Spirit from the beginning of creation, how can Jehovah be in Christ. Are they not separate. Eternal person of God is Jehovah. In Genesis 1 we read about God's spirit hovering over the earth, but where is Jehovah in personified person of entire being of God, being word and Spirit. We understand the power of the word to become. God always was and without origin as we understand that word. Our minds are finite and our brains are finite and God's is infinite. He being able to see behind and before.
Now is verse 2 of Acts one take close note, it talking of Jesus being taken up, that by Holy Spirit after that time he gave instruction. The Holy Spirit being a type of portal. Cornavirus is put us in portal in a since. A portal that might have us all nuts by now, but we all will survive this by the power of God, it will not be from illness itself that destroys America, it will be the confusion of the enemy that will destroy if we can not prevent the lies of devil from spreading. America is more then a land, but thought and idea of which man hopes and dreams of always being and that is freedom. How does that relate to Christ giving instruction by the Holy Spirit. Rule of God is not foreign idea, it was from the beginning in the garden. The devil's concept was pure freedom from God's control. America built on the principals of God, has put God in our government that can not ever be removed. Yet it does not mean God in every part of our government, Satan is involved by desire to be separated from governmental control in regards to freedom. When control is more then laws but regulations made by others it is control of foreign enmity. For God's kingdom that enmity is called the devil, but the devil is also a person has God is in the since of Spirit and being/personification, just like humans are. The fruit that Eve gave her the idea now she has power to form rules of her own. The concept that she did not have to obey God. The concept she then gives to man by giving fruit to eat. That concept is deadly poison, because it takes you to a place of authority that is not of God.
Why is God's authority so important in our lives. If you are ant and I walking behind you, I have the power to stomp you. However if I am loving and nice I will provide food for you. Yet if you turn and decide the other fruit you found is better for you, you made a decision not in line with my will. It is in opposition of me. Now no one wants someone else in that much control of them, no human in their man in this free world we live in correct. People get married and are in submission to each other. People go to work and are submission to their boss, with the ability to free think that drives some bosses nuts, because of their desire for control. Is God a nut/crazy or insane. The answer is no. Paul says it best in Romans perhaps of how God allowed the choice, but also made it clear you can't live in heaven when you make that choice, you can live else where.
I really need to label these concepts but not today, by choosing God we not saying we do not want to obey govenment laws we are saying his power his greater then yours. Even if I am in disobedience to God his power going to reign. And if I am in obedience to God then his power still reigns. The devil claims to be God and has no respect for God, despite he knows God's power reigns. That why he is called a deceiver.
Back to verse two in Acts chapter one. He chose men to give these instructions too called Apostles. This is why leaders are called in the church to give instruction to the saints. To speak the word of God. The Bible is preached but is the Spirit still speaking to the church. The answer is yes. The President can seperate the church world, but it will not stop the communication of the church by God's Spirit. God called us all to be Apostles by taking up individual cross of faith. We all testify of the works of God and don't you quit. God's word is precious and testimony of the saints is a help and encouragement to the believer. If parents are Christians and their children are saved then the home has a pastor. He just might not be behind a pulpit he is behind the church/home. Meaning his home is has pastor he has a responsibility to his family and sometimes men fulfill it as believers sometimes they do not. Yet the Holy Spirit speaks to parents to head of household. We are in time our churches are almost all closed do to a virus, and to our desire to obey our government. They did not say we had to stop praying, or reading our Bible, or doing mission work and helping our neighbor and caring for the sick. We are called to enable each other to help each other to do the work of God on earth has he instructs and leads. Not forsaking our work outside the home, or work inside the home or outside the home. Big brother is able to see the positive influence the church world gives to the world and the non controlling aspect of God in the lives of human beyond daily discipline of following in Christ footsteps.
The first Apostles began to teach from instruction of the Holy Spirit. Teach as Christ has taught them and instructed them while on this earth so God could arise in the hearts of each of us, enable us to teach someone else. We all become priest and kings in the house of God, all called according to his purpose and will, but not just called but chosen. We are special. Yet we all are equally called just not all yield to God.
God in his wisdom as person has Jehovah as part of Christ as the Holy Spirit. In verse two we see Christ giving instruction to the Holy Spirit who brings it to the Apostles. Christ is in heaven. God gives the word, and Spirit goes forth. Yet Jesus is God's word and word that came in the flesh. Christ word is part of Jehovah because he not allowed to speak on his own but only by the Spirit. Is your head dizzy yet. It is alot to take in. But to be able to show it by one verse alone and apply to the rest for one meaning is greater still.
God is like egg, if you see God being one but having a yoke, egg white and shell. Or a river with stream, river and ocean all being one. Holy Spirit is Jehovah and Jesus, because he brings forth the word and the image of reality of personification of God represented both in person, word and wordperson and spirit. What is word person to parts together to make one that is Jesus. Yet Jesus was also flesh meaning man. Man part rose to. Making Jesus Son of God and not just Jehovah. Seen in separate format of the egg as being separate but part of the whole egg. Yet at the same time still a stream, river and an ocean. It like chemical compounds nothing changes oxygen from being oxygen, or hydrogen being hydrogen but you mix it becomes something totally new. Jesus was new and he would be the new wine for new wine skin called the gentile and Jewish people that would follow Him.
With the presence of God intwine with human being, is the same as the Holy Spirit being in the believer. Our flesh is not God our Spirit is not God. Christ is the only one conceived by the Holy Spirit. Human must be born again by Spirit. It is that Spirit that says I want to be in submission to God Father, Son and Holy Spirit and choosing to turn away from sin, and asking forgiveness for eternity. God gives life to our Spirit by the power testimony, speaking in language to testify to others of Christ, to share the love of Christ, to give hope to the world, to minister with endurance and longsuffering with gentless and kindness of being a saint of God. None do it perfectly because our human side often wants to rule over us. A hard concept the Trinity, but perhaps this lesson breaks it down a little more. Talking about the Priesthood tomorrow Christ being the High Priest because of his human part.
Dear Heavenly Father, may your Spirit do the interworking here on this idea of who you are in fullness of who you are. For your three individual and yet one in all three parts. and all three parts in one. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Colossians 2:9, Genesis 1:1-3, John 3, probably some more others might think on. I do not doubt it. I will eventually show you give it time, pray over it. Take time to read these verses. Not posting them all today. A good reference Bible with cross referencing helps in a simple study, but as you memorize areas you will be able to find them on your own. Yet commentaries help in explaining custom or traditons sometimes.