The Power

Music HighwayFifty days before the day of Pentecost, Jesus rose from the dead. It took supernatural power, heavenly power, God’s power for this to occur.

The Holy Spirit, the same Person, the same One who helped Christ be conceived and be born of His mother Mary (Matthew 1:18), had much to do with it.

This Holy Spirit has tremendous power. He was able, on the day of Pentecost,  to cause 120 individuals
to boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to
many visitors who had arrived at Jerusalem from
the neighboring countries.

Those who saw these transformed believers were
affected by what they heard. The apostle Peter spoke
first to these Jewish pilgrims who had assembled.

Please note: It was on this very day of Pentecost that the twelve disciples (a replacement for Judas Iscariot had just been made earlier – Acts 1:12-26) of Christ became apostles.

The Holy Spirit who had descended on them and the other disciples, caused all of them to speak in many languages. The apostle Peter was mightily standing  outdoors proclaiming to the crowd that this event they were seeing was fulfilling the prophecy that God would “pour out His Spirit” onto mankind. In Acts 2:17, Peter quoted  from the prophet Joel:

And in the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my spirit upon every sort of flesh,
and your sons and your daughters
will prophesy and your young men will
see visions and your old men will dream
dreams.

Acts 2:41 then states:

 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.at least

Note: Three thousand people standing before Peter in Jerusalem quickly believed the gospel. How did this happen? Peter did not use any method to amplify his voice. There were no outdoor loudspeakers, no sound systems, and no microphones used. Before you think it was the Holy Spirit who strengthened Peter’s vocal cords, I believe the remaining 119 disciples may have disseminated through the crowd and helped in interpreting the words of Peter in the various languages of the Jewish visitors at that site.

It was the Holy Spirit who caused these many bystanders at Jerusalem to believe on Christ! It was not the influence of one person in the crowd that was influencing others which caused a sudden growth of believers. It was not “sheep instinct” that produced this mass conversion. No. It was the Holy Spirit employing and deploying the power of God.

If there were any Jews who were deaf among them, I am sure the Holy Spirit would have given at least one of the disciples the ability to speak in some sort of sign language.

Modern sign language for the word, “Hi”.

 

Also note: The three thousand who responded were part of the tens of thousands who were in Jerusalem. They became new followers, new disciples, of Jesus Christ. Yes, that may have been a small percentage of the actual number of people there, but the 108 disciples and 11 apostles, let me repeat, may have helped in explaining and interpreting what the apostle Peter was saying. It took the Holy Spirit’s power for these three thousand people to understand, become convicted and then be baptized by these 120 in one day! The logistics of this event was tremendous. And this was just the beginning of what was to come.

What was happening on that day of Pentecost, folks? Again, it was the Holy Spirit. From that day forward, He has been giving disciples of Christ the ability of spreading the gospel in order to make and nourish new disciples. PERIOD!!!  End of discussion!!!

The power or ability now given to the saints by the Spirit was not for them to show off how wonderfully spiritual they were. It was not for them to selfishly be getting together to get “holy anointings” so they could feel good about themselves and then return home. Are you kidding!

The gifts of the Holy Spirit today, however, seemingly may not be as visually “impressionable” to the world as they were on that day of Pentecost when the church was born, but, then again, I could be very wrong here. Why? Because we are still living in the last days that Joel and the apostle Peter spoke regarding the Spirit of God.

Which means that God has much more in store for the church as the days get darker and it becomes more difficult to proclaim the gospel.

Right now, Satan has much power. He’s got the power. He’s got the power to persecute and try (I repeat, try) to stop the work of God of witnessing Jesus Christ to the world before He returns. But, so do we Christians got the power!

Power button

As a side note, what Adam and Eve in the beginning probably lacked and who we Christians now possess is the Holy Spirit – and His power. Question: Was God intending to give Adam and Eve power if they had continued eating from the tree of life? What do you think?

If you go away with any concept from this post, please remember this one: In this life, it is not about acquiring power to dominate others; it is not about gaining power to enslave others; it is not about being overcome with power to show off to others. No. It is about the accessing of a Power brought to you by our loving Father to help you, the church, and those who
are lost become like Christ.

Without the Holy Spirit we are nothing. We are no match for Satan’s power. Without God in us, he [Satan] can easily destroy us. But, thank God, the very gates of hell will not overcome us, the church. Why? Because greater in strength and power is He [God] who is in us than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

 

Single

The Power   (1990)
lyrics & music – Benito Benites,
John Virgo Garrett III,
Tony  Colandreo
sung by – Snap!
genre – Eurodance, rap
side B – Remix
album – World Power

LYRICS:

I’ve got the power

Like the crack of the whip, I Snap attack
Front to back, in this thing called rap
Dinging like a cymbal, rhyme devil on the heavenly level
Bang the bass, turn up the treble
Radical mind, day and night all the time
7:14, wise divine
Maniac brainiac, winning the game
I’m the lyrical Jesse James

Album

I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power

It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic
It’s getting, it’s getting, it’s getting kinda hectic

Quality I possess, and say I’m fresh
When my voice goes through the mesh
Of the microphone, that I am holding
Copy written lyrics, so they can’t be stolen
If they all Snap, don’t need the police
To try to save them, your voice don’t see
So peace, stay off my back
Or I will attack and you don’t want that

I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power

Quality I possess, and say I’m fresh
When my voice goes through the mesh
Of the microphone, that I am holding
Copy written lyrics, so they can’t be stolen
If they all Snap, don’t need the police
To try to save them, your voice don’t see
So peace, stay off my back
Or I will attack and you don’t want that

I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power
I’ve got the power

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