Learn Acts 8:4-40
He had used Stephen’s martyrdom, and the church’s persecution, to unfold His Phrase.
Those that had been scattered preached the phrase wherever they went. (v4)
The Holy Spirit was at it once more. His mission: develop the Church. Additional the Kingdom of God. Unfold the Good Information that Messiah had include salvation for all who would consider and obtain. Love the unlovely.
The apostles witnessed His reality throughout Jerusalem. In all Judea. Now it was time for Samaria and on to the ends of the earth. (See Acts 1:eight.)
So even the Samaritans believed and have been baptized. Even the Samaritans, these soiled canines ever-so-hated and looked-down-upon by the “righteous” nation of Israel, accepted the present God had supplied in His Son.
I think about a little bit of fond remembrance when the apostles heard the information that included even the area despised by so many for his or her combined and sordid heritage. I’ll wager their minds raced again to that day by the Samaritan well, the first time they saw Jesus love those unlovely people.
I wager they pictured the lady Jesus sat subsequent to that day. Their dialog. The best way He knew all her filth and cherished her anyway.
They couldn’t have been in any respect shocked that the present of the Holy Spirit was for even these Samaritans.
I ponder what Peter and John talked about as they traveled there. Did they argue over who would pray? Who would lay fingers on their deep-seeded rivals? Or have been they anxious to increase the love and lifetime of Jesus Christ to that area? The one Jesus had so deliberately not forgotten?
Had the rivalry ended for them that day there with Jesus? The day He made it clear He’d come for the despised, uncared for, even soiled Samaritans.
Did they remember the fields Jesus spoke of, the ones ripe for harvest? Did they bear in mind particulars of that day? The best way the lady seemed? The others who’d believed?
When John and Peter laid their fingers on these they’d all the time deemed so unlovely, believing Jesus’ grace for any who’d obtain, Jesus confirmed Himself true for all that He’d taught.
And the Samaritans bought the present of Jesus. In Spirit. In reality.
Are there individuals you suppose aren’t worthy of the Holy Spirit? Individuals about whom Jesus has modified your thoughts? Have you ever let Him persuade you that He loves even them? That He needs to reside in even them?