We read in Acts where the Holy Spirit did miracles through Peter, John, Paul, Barnabas and others. They lived through the Holy Spirit. Pentecost was the watershed event pouring out the Holy Spirit, again opening up all mankind to receive God. Yes, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are still active today.
Filled with the Holy Spirit
In the gospels, the Twelve did this miracle and the 70 did that miracle. In Acts we read that Peter, John, Paul or Barnabas did miracles also through the Holy Spirit. These actions were done by Spirit-filled men (and some women too).
All of this was done as a normal part of ministering to man’s needs. A normal life for these believers, taught by Jesus and moved by the Spirit of God.
Spiritual Gifts in Action
The spiritual gifts are explained in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor 12:1-11) as a guide to the right use of spiritual gifts and correct possible improper use. The amazing thing is that no one apparently needed to describe each gift or its use prior to this letter to the Corinthians!
Believers submitted to the Father and the Holy Spirit who the guided them. Look at some examples:
- At Pentecost the Holy Spirit fell and hundreds spoke in tongues praising God (see Acts 2:1-4)
- Peter and John looked “intently at a beggar,” on the way to the Temple. This shows discernment or discerning of spirits (see Acts 3:4)
- Paul looked straight at a crippled man and saw this man had faith to be healed. Paul called to the man loudly saying “Stand up” and healing took place for this crippled man (see Acts 14:8-10)
Keep your eyes open to see the use of the gifts of the Spirit, as we read in the Acts of the apostles. Even though those key words aren’t necessarily mentioned, the spiritual gifts are in use through the Holy Spirit. God does amazing things. Yes, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are still active today.
Prayer: Father, you sent Jesus our Savior, so we may be close to you. Teach me, to discern what you want me to do —every moment of the day.
Questions: When did you first see the connection between living by the Holy Spirit and doing what ever task God has for you in your daily life? Quietly and prayerfully look at what Paul mentions in Romans 12:6-11 and again in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 for use by the Spirit filled believer. The Church also has a list of gifts for individual believers and ministerial positions, can you recall them (see 1 Corinthians 12:28)?