Daily Devotional

THE COMPREHENSIVE GIFT

“Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:3-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVAILING BELIEFS

 “For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both”. Acts 23:8

 

Two rival religious groups dominated the landscape in Jesus’ days; namely, the Sadducees and the Pharisees. The two groups shared a couple of similarities. When representatives of both groups came to John’s baptism, he denounced them jointly as “broods of vipers”. (See Matthew 3:7). Both groups came with tricky questions just to trap Jesus in His words. Also, Jesus summed up both groups as hypocrites when He warned His disciples to beware of them and their doctrines.  However, they were split in one major area; that is, in their beliefs. The Sadducees did not believe in life after death. They denied the resurrection. In addition, they did not believe in the existence of angels or spirits. On the other hand, the Pharisees subscribed to resurrection and existence of spirits.

 

Now, in our immediate past meditation we queried what often led to the crippling fear exhibited by the disciples whenever they perceived or heard of spirits. On two different occasions, they assumed that Jesus was a spirit. That means they believed in the existence of spirits. By this same token we can say that they must have imbibed some of the notions of the Pharisees concerning spirits. The point we are making today is that we are often a product of the prevailing beliefs in our environment. Unless we stay on guard and in tune with the word of God, we may take on some of the errors making round in our environment.

 

FURTHER STUDY: ROMANS 12:1-5

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, give me clear mind to believe what is right.

In keeping with His promise, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit after taking His seat at the right hand of the Father. The Holy Spirit can be described as the comprehensive gift for a number of reasons. Firstly, on the day of Pentecost which marked official date for the release of the Spirit, all who were in the upper room received in-filling, evidenced with speaking in tongues. All believers can partake of the gift of God. Secondly, He is relevant for all aspects of life. The Spirit gives us access to things that we cannot command by position or wealth. Part of His functions is to remind us of things, guide us into all truth, and show us things to come. He is also the one to guide us into glory by and by. All these make the Spirit of God more valuable than gold in the heart of the believer.

 

A vital addition to our knowledge of the Holy Spirit is the statement, “filled with the Holy Spirit”. In Acts of the Apostles, that phrase occurred severally after the first one reported in Acts 2. Examples can be seen in Acts 4:8 and Acts 4:31. How was this different from that of chapter 2? We can say what happened in chapter 2 was in-filling, whereas the other cases were re-filling. In motoring you call that top-up. The Holy Spirit enters into a life once; but to be effective one will need to go for His fresh touch time and again.

 

FURTHER STUDY: JOHN 14:16-26

 

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, grant me Your fresh unction to function