The people had various responses to Jesus Christ. As a whole they did not receive Him. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. John 1:11. The Pharisees and Sadducees hated Him and constantly looked for a way to condemn Him. Isn’t it strange that the most religious were the ones that had the greatest problem with Him? God sent His Son to save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21), and it was the teachers of the Scriptures that wouldn’t receive Him. Do you think that could happen today?
There were some who thought Jesus was a prophet (John 6:14). Very few, though, could say like Peter, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). At times great multitudes followed Him (Matthew 4:25). But most of the time only the twelve disciples walked with Him. The Scriptures show a vivid contrast between the disciples and the multitudes that were drawn to Jesus. It is much the same today. Many want to receive the benefits of being a Christian, but very few are willing to be disciples of Jesus Christ, to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes (Revelation 14:4). ...more
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On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were all filled with the Holy
Spirit and spoke with other tongues. The other tongues were Spirit
utterances, from the Greek word apophtheggomai. Many have
understood this to mean that God only enabled them to speak in the known
languages of the people who were there that day, but it was more than
that. The Holy Spirit that filled the disciples and gave them the ability to speak those languages also filled the words they were speaking. The words the disciples spoke carried the anointing of the Holy
Spirit they had received! This book will help give a greater
understanding of Spirit utterance.