Jesus assured His followers that Holy Spirit would be with them in carrying out the work that He had given to them. Thus, despite the magnitude of the assignment and the relentless and violent efforts of the enemy to silence them, the early disciples of Jesus successfully did what He had directed. It is a fact of history that cannot be denied. The worldwide preaching and teaching campaign was an expression of God’s love for those who did not know Him. It gave them the opportunity to draw close to God and receive forgiveness of sins.
The commission to preach and teach also manifested God’s love for those bearing the message, since it allowed them to express their devotion to God and display their love for fellow humans. ‘Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40). All is for God’s glory, ‘But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.’ (2 Corinthians 4:7).
The most reliable history of the preaching activity of the early Christians is found in the book of Acts. It is a record of astonishing and rapid growth. This growth of the knowledge of God’s Word reminds us of Psalm 147:15, which states: ‘He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.’ The account of the early Christians, who were empowered by Holy Spirit, is both exciting and highly meaningful to us today. Todays’ believers are engaged in the same work of preaching and disciple making. They also face problems similar to those faced by Christians in the first century.
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