by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts, Chapter 1:4-26 (2 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

The church in preparation

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded
them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but
wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he,
ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked
of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore
again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the
times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his
own power.

The earthly kingdom is the Jewish hope. The disciples
of Jesus wanted to know was this the time. Jesus says
it was not to be their concern about God's timing
about such matters. It was a question that was not
based on what Jesus had already instructed them to do
and that was to preach the gospel. (Luke 24:46-49) A
very important lesson needs to be learned here: The
disciples were concerned about matters that did not
concern them instead of listening clearly what Jesus
told them. He clearly told them about the preaching
of the gospel and that to the ends of the earth. He
mentioned nothing about the immediate arrival of the
kingdom. Stick with what Jesus said and all will be

8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto
me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This verse is one of the most important verses in the
entire bible and one that is most misused and abused
by many in Christendom. Pastor Steadman again:

"Now, says Jesus, the coming of the Holy Spirit will
not result in propaganda, but witnessing. You shall
not be propagandists, but "my witnesses," he said.
Christians are not like salesmen going out to peddle a
product, nor are w ...

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