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.
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?”
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,
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,
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.
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.
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