I'm sure you are very aware that two Sundays ago (April 8) was the Day of our Lord's resurrection, BUT, are you aware of the 40 days we are in right now when He was teaching His apostle's prior to the Day of Pentecost?
To whom also He showed 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.
The above verse speaks of JESUS immediately AFTER His resurrection. It would be right about now that JESUS was giving His apostle's that well known verse from Matthew Chapter 28 right after He had been
crucified and resurrected.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Although, NOBODY, was baptized here at this time and Jesus was only teaching His disciples, we see He continued to teach the apostle's for the next 40 days until the time He made His ascension to heaven at the end of the 40 days, and 10 days before the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). Pentecost was a Feast kept by the Jews from the time of Moses in Levitcus Chapter 23. Pentecost will be on May 27th in 2012.
And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up;
and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
And praise the LORD for what happened just ten days after the ascension! Yes, 50 days total, AFTER the resurrection, the baptisms began as the Holy Ghost was poured out on mankind like never before because of that precious blood that was spilled just 50 days prior. That's right!, as the apostle's eyes were opened to what Jesus had been teaching them on baptism and the Kingdom of Heaven for those 40 days, they began to obey what their Lord had taught them and boldly began to baptize in Jesus Name with full understanding that Jesus is the Name (singular) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost!
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the PROMISE is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Although some years had passed by, by the time we get to the 8th chapter of the Book of Acts, it is very obvious that the apostle's were still hard at it! Here we see there were some people that had been baptized in that precious Name, But, obviously had NOT yet received the Holy Ghost.
Now when the apostle's which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.
What a powerful time in the LORD that must have been when the Holy Ghost came down on the Samaritans. Simon the sorcerer certainly thought so, as he desperately wanted to buy the power of God which he had just seen come down.
Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostle's hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money.
I think we are more in a time here in 2012, where, someone would just leave the church if they saw something like this rather than want to buy it, but none the less, I pray you can see the point I am trying to make here. The Book of Acts is full of instances where people saw and heard when someone got the Holy Ghost! Let's not be prideful or stubborn, let God work on you and your family if you have not heard or seen them get the Holy Ghost!
He (Paul) said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
Have a blessed week and be SURE to tell someone on the job about JESUS!
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