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Preaching Under The Spirit’s Anointing

I am going to start this blog post with some questions because I’m seeking input.

In the book of Acts after the Jews had come together because of the sound of the  mighty rushing wind Peter begins to preach a hard word to those assembled. At the conclusion of his oration the Jews ask the following question of Peter.

Acts 2:37
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Peter’s response:

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Next look  Phillip”s conversation with the Ethiopian eunuch. Led by the Holy Spirit, Phillip joins himself to his caravan,

Acts 8:29
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

Phillip hears him reading from the book of Isaiah, preached Jesus to him and then the man asks if he can be baptized and Phillip responds,
Acts 8:37
Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

In Acts Chapter 10 Peter is sent by the Holy Spirit to Cornelius’ house. Peter quotes the following scripture to those assembled tbere.

Acts 10:43
To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

After quoting this scripture the people at Cornelius house are filled with the Holy Spirit.

Fast forward to Acts 16 with Paul & Silas in the Phillipian jail.
They are thrown in jail they begin to praise the Lord, theres an earthquake and the Jailer asks Paul what he must do to be saved.
Paul’s response?

Acts 16:31
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

So here are questions that I feel need answered.

Why does Peter preach a harsh message to the Jews on pentecost and command them to repent and then get the Holy Spirit?

Why do Peter, Phillip, and Paul all say to the people they preach to believe and you will be saved?

Why does it say in Acts 10:43 that whoever believes in Jesus will receive remission of their sins?  Why does it not instead say whoever believes and repents will receive remission of sins?

If Peter, speaking under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, tells the Jews on the day of pentecost to repent and then those at the house of Cornelius that whoever believes in Jesus will receive remission of sins are there then 2 different gospel messages being preached or is he being led by the Holy Spirit as to whst he should say.

Why does Jesus say in the great commission in the Gospel of Mark the following:
Mar 16:15 — Mar 16:16
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Why is the word repent not present?

If we are simply to believe as Peter told those in the house of Cornelius then when does repentance come into play and whose job is it to bring them to repentance.

In all these instances above signs and wonders were present why then don’t we see this today?

Paul says, when speaking to the Corinthians, the following:
1Co 2:4 — 1Co 2:5
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

If there are no signs and wonders, i.e., a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, then all that is left are persuasive words of human wisdom and then the individual’s faith is not in God but in men.

There are many skilled orators out there who use persuasive words of human wisdom to preach the gospel but who then is receiving the glory?

I look forward to seeing responses and  afterwards I will post a vision that the Lord showed me

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41 thoughts on “Preaching Under The Spirit’s Anointing

  1. 1Co 14:24 — 1Co 14:25
    But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.
    This is how church should be

    • I agree with you. I have been that who would prophecy the secrets of men’s hearts and instead of falling down to worship God (in private this happened many times but not all), the rest would come against me and say that I am not prophesying true prophecy because, in their thinking, God will not expose the sin of another in the presence of all. Yet, they have not read the scripture where it says to rebuke publicly one who is sinning persistently so that all may fear. The church is far removed from this and choose to call this form of prophecy “judgment” instead.

      Every time I’ve been used of God to speak prophetically, the only ones who knew of the sin I was speaking was the one the word was being directed to and those of his family and friends who knew of it. If it was a secret sin, only the hearer knew what was being said. God had given me the word He was speaking to that person in a way that would not embarrass them or humiliate them but was careful to show His love to that one.

      Some will say that the ‘secrets of his heart’ can only be those holy desires they have towards God and although this may be true at times, it is not always true.

  2. So then are you saying it is imperative that we be led by the Holy Spirit both in whom we speak to and what we are to say. Does that about sum it up?

  3. Did those at the house of Cornelius or the Phillipian jailer know that they were leading a sinful life? In Peter’s sermon to them he says that all who believe will receive forgiveness of sins. The Holy Spirit fell and Peter and his companions are astonished. Why?
    Did belief come first and then repentance?

    • that’s a great question Tony: Repentance is understood in this case as the Holy Spirit revealing to Cornelius and his friends and family that they lack salvation and are lost and the Spirit convicted them of that. So, they believed while Peter was preaching which means that the Holy Spirit was working immediately.

      • The word doesn’t say that though. It says simply that the Holy Spirit fell as Peter was talking and they began to speak in tongues and magnify God.

  4. Can one repent of someting that they don’t know or don’t believe is wrong?

    • That’s why the Spirit of God will bring to the person’s attention that they are wrong in belief or lifestyle whatever the Spirit reveals to them.

      • So if you’re not being led by the Spirit to speak to an individual or can clearly see that the Lord is not in what you’re doing then it becomes a work of the flesh and is fruitless wouldn’t you agree?

    • I know the the Word didn’t say that but one has to reference that to the Holy Spirit’s job and His character. We know that that is what the Spirit came to do to tell you the truth and the truth will set people free. Without repentance (the Holy Spirit revealing Jesus to men and to reject their false belief in other than Jesus) God draws near to Himself by His Spirit. I Hebrews it is said of the Word of God that it penetrates all the way into a persons heart meaning conviction. And reveals everything in the person and the Holy Spirit uses God’s Word to convict.

  5. In addition to rejecting their messiah the were also cognizant of the requirements of the law something gentiles were not.

    • The Bible teaches that gentiles had the Law written in their hearts so that they are a Law to themselves. Meaning the Gentiles knew stealing, lying, murdering etc. where wrong.

      • Rom 2:12 — Rom 2:15
        For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

        Wouldn’t this be describing a gentile believer whom God has written in His law on their hearts rather than an unbeliever?
        I’m
        Paul says that both those without the law and those with the law will perish if they sin. So Paul must be talking about unbelieving gentiles.

      • Yes that is correct it’s funny because while you sent these verses I was reading with my kids Romans chapter 2

    • endtimeepochs on said:

      Or dead works(aka dead works) something which those under the religious systems in both NT and 21stcentury times were subjected to…….. which can be so subtle to all that we can be born again( or even believe in our minds we are) and blinded to not just our ancestors dead works but our own as well while under man’s doctrines..( both can be repented for)
      I had to be baptized in water twice. First one was via man’s doctrine and an unrepentant heart.(In other words”its sounded like a good idea at the time”)
      Second one was a leading of the Holy Spirit. (with a witness)
      There is a vast difference which is designed to keep one in bondage to man and his doctrines ( read Religion)
      They were not born rejecting the Messiah they were taught to as was the function of the religious system in the day as is still in the 21st century……. ALL SOUNDED AT THE TIME TO BE A GOOD IDEA.

  6. I see what you are saying but my contention is that these were Genriled who did not have a clue as to what God’s Word said. So can one be convicted of sin when they dont know their in sin? Did they repent before the Spirit fell or was repentance a work in progress afterwards?

    • The Holy Spirit to convict the ‘world’ of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.

      John 16:8-11 NKJV And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

      Notice Jesus said that He (Holy Spirit) will convict the ‘world’. He did not say the Jews only but the entire world. We know that the gift of the Holy Spirit came upon the children of obedience and not children of disobedience. One must become obedient to God or must show a willingness to be obedient. Amos 3:3 says, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”. Once we come into agreement with the Spirit of the Lord through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, it is He then who works to bring us to repentance through a Godly fear. This Godly fear looks like this:

      Job 33:27-30 NKJV Then he looks at men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, And it did not profit me.’ He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, And his life shall see the light. “Behold, God works all these things, Twice, in fact, three times with a man, To bring back his soul from the Pit, That he may be enlightened with the light of life.

      The scriptures show that this man Cornelius, sent messengers to find Peter to learn what to do because he was shown this by an angel of the Lord. This angel instructed him what to do to send for Peter because his prayers and alms came up as a memorial before God. You see, in Acts 10, Cornelius was a devout man, one who feared God along with his whole household. He was not a random gentile that God sent Peter to. He was a man whose faith was in the God of the Jews and desired more of this God to whom he prayed and served through his alms. God rewarded him for his faith. One cannot have this faith unless one has repented from the world and the worldly system. Although we do not see that actual point in which Cornelius and his household had repented, by the very fact that they worshipped God and God rewarded his faith, speaks of the fact this man had come to repentance. Believing in God ‘requires’ repentance from sin and dead works. If we do not ‘own our sin’ and recognize that all our righteousness came from the twisting of what was true to our own benefit and then realized that we did not benefit at all, we cry in repentance.

      2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

      We do not see that moment of ‘repentance’ in Abraham as the scriptures show that He ‘believed’ God and it was counted to him as righteousness. But to ‘believe’ God means to turn away from the path you are living to walk with God in a new ‘undiscovered’ path. This action of ‘turning’ IS the very definition of repentance. We do not repent only through the use of ‘words’ but it is our actions that reveal the repentant heart.

      So, basically, your contention that these gentiles did not have a clue as to what God’s word said is not true. If all you did was to read that verse you presented at the beginning, then you might be correct but going back and reading the entire account, seeing it in its context, will reveal that this particular gentile was not just a random pagan but a man who feared God along with his household.

      • To be God fearing does not mean that you know all that God requires. To assume such would be reading into scripture

  7. I am not questioning because i lack understanding. I am questioning because i am seeking what others see in what ive posted

  8. Send me the link when you post it I’d like to read it.

  9. Charlie on said:

    Good word bro

  10. Well, my take is, and I could well be wrong, I’m no theological expert ….. that if you genuinely believe in Jesus Christ, then you do follow him, and you naturally would repent of your sins, wouldn’t you? If you are genuine, not just a ‘Churchian.’
    Also, when the Holy Spirit descends, it brings with it awareness of where we are off-track. Many, many people say how after they were born again, an action which formerly didn’t even seem like a sin to them, is now abhorrent.

    What I’m trying to say here is that maybe to mention repentance was superfluous? – because if you believe, and have the Holy Spirit, then you *will* repent, and ‘change the whole disposition of your souls.’

    And real Christians DO heal, cast out demons, etc. Have a look at this post here (I love their site!) – he puts it better than I can.

    http://holyspiritrevolution.com/john-1412-challenge/

    Barbara

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself Barbara.

    • So if I understand you correctly Barbara you’re sayingvthat it was after the Holy Spirit descends and begins showing you that the things that at one time you didnt give a second thought to now are convicted of by the Holy Spirit and repenenting of. Is that correct?

  11. jacky on said:

    Interesting questions Tony, strange I was looking at Acts 10 just before I came to your blog. Well it seems a few have a lot to say on this but I want to illustrate through an example I was faced with and how you cannot understand God and how He works and neither His Holy Spirit in people’s lives. I went to a small church in Brighton and in this small church were about 12 people. Apart from the guy who was playing the guitar the rest were adults with severe mental disabilities, most down’s syndrome. It was the best service I ever went too. The simplicity of these believers has stayed with me which is over 20 years ago. The love of God is beyond us yet many testify its goodness. We have all fallen short of His Grace. There are miracles of God like redemption, sanctification which cannot be put into words. It’s like trying to pin a balloon down or catch the wind in a net. I know perhaps it’s not the answer some are expecting. God’s words are few. I love those example you use because they illustrate the mystery of God in this wonderful thing called Salvation. For the record I don’t think Peter was ‘harsh’ at all. He was bold and on fire that is a very different thing Tony. Harsh is when someone is selfish and cruel. The people must have been astounded at the Truth and it is the Truth which sets a man free.

    I have been convicted by God of a sin which I didn’t realize was a sin and it was the Truth that pierced my heart. I felt no condemnation from the LORD. The Holy Spirit continued to work in me as soon as the LORD’s word had been said. It absolutely astounded me because it hit the mark! I prayed all night, repented and many other things. I cried all night but then the following morning the LORD restored me. There is no way I could describe from beginning to the end of the work of God it is heavenly, spiritual and no words from this earth, even scriptures could capture the essence of this marvellous work by the Spirit. Not everything can be explained by words. Jesus speaks few words and when He speaks it is Truth and direct. We just have to believe in your heart who Jesus is and then trust the Holy Spirit to bring up areas of repentance bit by bit. Even as a Christian this is not easy, we don’t always know.

    Anyway I might be bottom of the queue of your replies but I wanted to engage with it a little. God Bless Tony. xx

  12. Yes, that’s what I meant, and my logic is running as follows:-

    1. All real Believers will have the Holy Spirit in them,

    2. The Holy Spirit WILL convict them of any sin, and they’ll repent and change.

    So, perhaps that’s why repentance wasn’t spelled out: it goes with the territory, so to speak.
    But as said, I’m no expert, if there’s another explanation I’ll read it interestedly.
    I would like to hear about your vision! 🙂

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