In this section of the book of Acts we see how the Holy Spirit was poured out and the affect and changes that occurred as a result. People in their thousands came to know Jesus Christ as their own Lord and Saviour. The message of His life and the touch of the Holy Spirit on their lives brought about tremendous change. They went from being cynical to becoming converts. That was how dramatic the change was in their lives. The message of Christ and the result of the Holy Spirit being poured out revolutionised people’s lives. Nothing has changed and today the same message and the same Holy Spirit still touches and revolutionises the lives that open themselves to Him. Let us look at some of these changes. As we look at these aspects won’t you open your own heart and spirit to His precious Spirit, so that you can be touched and filled in the same way today?
THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES AND STIRS THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE.
Acts 2:37 ‘When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart!’
In response to the teaching about Christ, the Holy Spirit brings deep conviction on the people. It says that they were ‘cut to the heart’! In the original Greek it literally means ‘severely troubled and made sorrowful.’ It was as if their hearts were pierced. They were struck to their very core.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 ‘…. our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.’
The Holy Spirit and this aspect of ‘deep conviction’ have a correlation.
Acts 2:37 ‘When they heard this, they came under deep conviction!’ (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
When the Holy Spirit is allowed to touch our hearts and lives, it is a deep and meaningful experience that has the power to change our lives from deep within us.
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