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IBC Women’s Blog September 6, 2019

IBC Women’s Blog September 6, 2019

Move Together Through Acts: Chapters 5-6 By Jodie Montgomery

The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7

When I teach the Gospels, I am confronted with the main enemy of Christ being clearly the religious leaders. As a church staff person, I wonder if I am blind to my self-righteousness and if I place a heavy yoke on those I lead, rather than edifying the hearer with their freedom in Christ. Matthew 23 is a hard read for me. It is disturbing that those responsible for the spiritual well-being of the people are identified as false shepherds, hypocrites doomed to woe. Blindness can overcome those that have studied much.

The religious leaders are doomed for destruction due to their unbelief in Christ as Redeemer. They do not see their need for a Savior nor why God would love the downtrodden and brokenhearted. Christ accuses them of being Satan’s children.

In writing the Book of Acts, Luke oftentimes provides summary statements about what he has witnessed in the people’s responses to the Gospel going forth throughout the land. In Acts 6:7, I love a little detail Luke provides regarding the priests. I’m thrilled to learn that a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith! The foundation of our faith is hearing the Word as illuminated by the Spirit as truth and seeing that the Lord Jesus Christ perfectly fulfills the markers in the Old Testament of Messiah. The priests knew these markers. The priests should have been ready to attest of His truth. I rejoice that many were born again.

We can tend to get set in our ways and miss the life around us. I so often choose what I consider to be comfort over getting out and testifying of His grace. I miss what could be some great conversations and the joy of serving others with spiritual refreshment. The word of God kept spreading in the days of the apostles as people kept talking about the Christ, even to their religious leaders. We all need reminders. Some were martyred for their message. But their wisdom and the Spirit with which they spoke continues to bear life today.

Isaiah 52:7 How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”