The Apostolic Power in Trying Times: Seeking Authenticity Amidst Crisis
The New Testament stands as a powerful testament to the divine empowerment and works of the 12 apostles, under the guidance of Yeshua (Jesus Christ). These men, operating in profound spiritual capacities, signaled the dawn of God’s kingdom on Earth. But as global calamities like pandemics rear their heads, where does this power manifest today? Who among the faithful truly channel this ancient authority?
Foundational Apostolic Commission:
After His resurrection, Yeshua charged His apostles: “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8). This was not a mere reassurance; it was a divine mandate, a call to assert God’s kingdom amidst adversities.
Biblical Testimonies of Miraculous Deeds:
- Peter and John at the Temple gate healed a man who had been lame from birth, showcasing God’s power and drawing people to faith (Acts 3:1-10).
- Paul’s encounter with Elymas the sorcerer is another testimony where he, filled with the Holy Spirit, blinded the sorcerer for opposing the teachings of the Lord (Acts 13:8-12).
- The shadow of Peter alone was believed to heal those it fell upon, indicating the profound presence of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:15-16).
- Philip carried out miraculous acts in Samaria, leading to mass conversions (Acts 8:6-8).
Modern-day Response in Global Crises:
The pandemics, while harrowing, also served as spiritual litmus tests:
- Where Were the Leaders? Notably, several renowned ministers and self-proclaimed apostles and prophets seemed to retreat. Instead of emanating hope and faith, their actions (or lack thereof) inadvertently amplified fear and despair within their congregations (2 Timothy 1:7).
- Beacons of Faith: In contrast, a segment of the Christian leadership, undeterred by the raging storm, remained steadfast. They not only kept their sanctuaries accessible but also reportedly carried out healings, echoing the audacious faith of early Christian disciples (James 5:14-15).
The Awaiting Spiritual Deluge:
The Bible, rich in prophecies, hints at an impending massive outpouring of the Spirit, reminiscent of the initial Pentecost. Peter, echoing Joel, professed: “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people…” (Acts 2:17). This forthcoming “latter rain” suggests a divine reawakening preceding the return of the Messiah (Joel 2:23,28-29).
The Eschatological Confrontation:
Scripture intimates an impending cosmic confrontation. Empowered believers, mirroring the apostolic might, will be pitted against the Antichrist and his cohorts. This battle symbolizes not just a clash of powers but ideologies, of divine truths against deceptive narratives (Revelation 12:7-9).
The apostolic age, radiant with divine wonders, serves as a beacon for believers today, especially as global crises challenge faith. The recent pandemic underscored an age-old biblical truth: Authenticity in faith is often refined in the crucible of adversity. As the world navigates tumultuous waters, the need for genuine, Spirit-imbued leaders becomes increasingly paramount, reminding us that even in the darkest nights, God’s power can—and does—shine the brightest.