Thursday 13th June 2019 The Spirits Power
If Paul rested and relied on the Power of God during his visit to Corinth – what was the manifestation of that power? The details of Paul’s visit to Corinth are recorded in Acts 18 v 1 – 18
After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.
When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.
While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”
Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law —settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” So he drove them off. Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.
Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos
Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.
Here are some of the details of the Spirit’s Power during Paul’s visit:
The Power of the Holy Spirit promotes the Gospel for everyone– Jews, Greeks and Gentiles. And then Paul sails off for Syria accompanied by new converts on another mission.
The Holy Spirit will always drive us to reach out and to be involved in mission. It is in the context of mission that the power of the Holy Spirit is seen. The Holy Spirit will never leave us comfortable and cozy. The Book of Acts moves with incredible pace as the church grows across the known world. I wonder how many times the early Christians said, “Oh that is enough now, we have done well, let’s take a break”. It is not wrong to rest, but we rest in order to continue to move forward. The Holy Spirit will also lead us to a diversity of people. It is not for us to choose but we need to go to whomever we meet.
The Power of the Holy Spirit will always bring about transformation.In the case of Corinth it was an entire household – Crispus, the Synagogue Ruler, and his whole household believed in the Lord Jesus and were baptized. Think about it – Crispus as a Synagogue Ruler must have been really set in his ways but the Holy Spirit brought about transformation in his life. The Holy Spirit will always bring about transformation.
The other day I was talking to someone about a person who had recently become a Christian. They said that their partner had really noticed a difference in them since that person’s conversion – we should expect this because the Holy Spirit never leaves us the same.
Here is a great quote about the power of the Holy Spirit to transform:
“The greatest miracle God can do is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, make him holy, put him back into an unholy world, and keep him holy”. (Leonard Ravenhill)
One of the marks of God at work in Sawyers Church is healthy transformation in people’s lives.
Have a great day
Pastor Peter Jordan