Turning Points: Disrupted Theology & An Altered Experience With God

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament account of the spiritual body of Jesus the Christ which is the church, as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses thirty-four through forty-eight of the tenth chapter. When you come to this particular passage of scripture you will find the culmination of the encounter between the apostle peter and Cornelius the Roman centurion who lived and dwelt in Caesarea with his family. As you come near and approach this passage of scripture you will find the apostle Peter now standing in the company and presence of gentiles—and not just gentiles but also a Roman centurion at that. What you will find and what you will encounter in this passage of scripture is the apostle peter who being a Jew and who wouldn’t otherwise have had dealings with—much less enter into the house of a GE time and Roman—standing in the midst of an entire household of gentiles who were from Rome. I have to admit that the words which are written and found within this passage are absolutely astonishing and intriguing, for within it we find the apostle Peter who up until this time had perhaps only had personal dealings with Jews now being led by the very Spirit of God to the house of a Roman centurion. What’s more, is that you will recall that it was Rome who nailed Jesus to the tree and put Him on the cross. Of course we know that the living God ultimately held the Jewish people and their leaders and religious system responsible for the death and crucifixion of Jesus the Christ, but it was Roman soldiers and centurions who ultimately nailed Jesus to the tree and hung Him upon the cross. We ought not to wonder what it must have been like for the apostle Peter to walk with those who had come unto him in Joppa not knowing what the Spirit was doing and working in the natural realm. Pause for a moment and think about the reality that it is possible to be led by and to follow the Holy Spirit and to not know where you are going or what you are being called to do. It is entirely possible to be sensitive to the leading and voice of the Holy Spirit and go even follow Him where He speaks, and yet we have absolutely no idea or clue what He is up to. HOLY SPIRIT WHAT ARE YOU UP TO! I WILL FOLLOW BUT I HAVEN’T A CLUE WHERE I AM GOING. I can’t help but be absolutely gripped and captivated with and by the fact that it was while the apostle peter was atop the roof of the house waiting for food to be prepared that he fell into a trance and received a vision from heaven and of God which was a large sheet being let down out of heaven by the four corners of it with four footed beasts, birds and animals which Peter was instructed to rise, kill and eat. We must not miss and lose sight of this awesome and incredible reality, for it dramatically alters and shapes our entire perception of that which takes place within this chapter, as well as within the hearts and lives of the apostle Peter, as well as within the lives of this centurion and his household.

As I sit here this morning and think about and consider that which is found within this passage I can’t help but be absolutely astonished with and by the fact that the Spirit was speaking to Simon also called Peter while he was atop the roof in Joppa and even when the men whom Cornelius had sent arrived, he had absolutely no clue what he was being led to, nor even what he was being asked to do. Please pay close attention to this, for in following the leading and speaking of the Spirit we must recognize and understand that by doing so—not only is IG possible that we will have absolutely no clue where we are going or where we are headed, but we might also not know that which we are being called to do. There are those among us who would think and believe that by following the leading and voice of the Holy Spirit that it automatically suggests that we can and will know what we are being and have been called to do. There would be those who find it very difficult to walk with and follow the Spirit not knowing where they are going, nor even what they are doing. I would imagine that for the apostle Peter following the leading of the Spirit would have been much like following Jesus, for there would have been countless times when while walking with and following Jesus Simon and the other apostles had absolutely no clue what they were going to do, nor even where they were going. I can’t help but think to myself how much walking with and following the leading of the Spirit is a lot like walking with and following Jesus, for walking with and following Jesus never meant that those who walked with Him knew what He was going to do, nor where He was going. If there was one thing for sure and one thing they could be absolutely certain about it’s that although they did not know where they would be going while walking with and following Jesus,—wherever they would be going would be consistent with the character and nature of the Father, as well as with that which Jesus continually did during His life and ministry. What’s more, is that although they did not know what Jesus was doing or would do at times they knew one thing for sure, and that was that whatever Jesus was about to do would be entirely consistent with how He moved and operates while they walked with and followed Him. We ought not miss and lose sight of the awesome and incredible fact that walking with and following the leading of the Spirit was a lot like walking with and following Jesus the Christ, for just as surely and just as certainly as there were times they did not know what Jesus would be doing, nor where He would be going, they did not know where the Spirit was leading, nor what He was doing. There is a huge part of me that is absolutely gripped and captivated with and by the fact that for the apostles—walking with, listening to and following the leading of the spirit was much like walking with and following Jesus the Christ. In all reality, there is a part of me that wonders what it was like initially and originally walking with and following Jesus the Christ, and then finding yourself listening to the still small voice of the Spirit as He was now the One who was leading and speaking to you.

WALKING WITH NESUS ANS LISTENING TO THE SPIRIT! FOLLOWING JESUS AND FOLLOWING THE SPIRIT! I am standing here this morning and there is a part of me that can’t help but wonder what it was like for the apostles to have first walked with and followed Jesus, and then after His departure and the arrival of the Holy Spirit, walking with and following the Holy Spirit. I can’t help but wonder what it was like to listen to THR still small voice of the Spirit and to speak to the Holy Spirit having already spent three and a half years walking with and following Jesus the Christ. Having spent three and a half years listening to the voice and words of Jesus the apostles would now listen to the words and voice of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus spoke and declared would not speak of Himself but would speak all things concerning Christ. I have to say that I would love to have the ability to sit down with the apostle Peter, and perhaps one or more of the other apostles and ask them what it was like to initially have walked with and followed Jesus the Christ—and to have done so for three and a half years—and then walk with and follow the leading and voice of the Holy Spirit. Was there even a marked and noticeable difference between physically walking with Jesus versus walking with the Spirit—the Spirit of course whom they could neither see with their eyes, nor even touch with their hands or handle as they would have Jesus the Christ? Consider what it must have been like to have been able to see Jesus the Christ with the natural eyes and to walk with and follow Him wherever He went and how that would have been entirely different walking with and following the Holy Spirit whom they could not see with their eyes, nor would they be able to handle as they did Jesus the Christ. It is quite unique, astonishing and remarkable to think about and consider the awesome and incredible fact that the apostles originally walked with and followed Jesus the Christ, and then after He departed from this earth and ascended unto the right hand of the Father, they experienced and encountered the promise of the Father which was indeed and was in fact the Holy Spirit. The apostles originally walked with and followed Jesus the Christ for three and a half years upon this earth, and when Jesus departed from their midst and returned unto the right hand of the Father, they would find themselves encountering, walking with and following the Holy Spirit, which would not come of His own initiative, nor of His own accord, but would come at the direction of the Father as the promise which Jesus the Christ spoke about. Oh, how absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and to consider the reality that the Spirit would not come of His own initiative, nor would the Holy Spirit come and speak of Himself, but the Holy Spirit would come and speak concerning Jesus the Christ. I have to admit that there is a part of me that can’t help but wonder if there was even a noticeable difference between walking with, following, and listening to the voice of the Spirit, and walking with, following and listening to the voice of Jesus. If I am being honest with myself, as well as you who are reading the words found within this writing, I would dare say that walking with and following the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit would be a lot like walking with and following Jesus the Christ in the natural, and that there would not have been a marked and noticeable difference between the two.

The more I think about and the more I consider that which is found within this passage of Scripture, the more I can’t help but come face to face with the activity of the Holy Spirit, and how the Holy Spirit was actively speaking to the apostle Peter while he was lodging at the house of Simon the tanner in the port city of Joppa. In Caeseara an angel of the Lord was appearing unto and speaking to Cornelius as he was in prayer at the ninth hour of the day instructing him to send certain men unto Joppa and to the house of one Simon the tanner to ask and inquire of one named Simon whose surname was Peter. It is absolutely remarkable and breathtaking to think about and consider the incredible reality that both Simon Peter, as well as the Roman centurion Cornelius were in two entirely different places, and yet the living God was actively working in each of there lives, and was speaking unto them about the same encounter. Although neither Cornelius, nor the apostle Peter knew what the Spirit was up to, they knew that the living God was speaking unto them, and was in fact working within their lives. We dare not, we cannot and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome and incredible reality, for to do so would be to miss the awesome and incredible reality that surrounds the movement and operation of the Holy Spirit. We must understand and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that while Simon called Peter was lodging at the house of one Simon the tanner in Joppa, and while Cornelius was in prayer and fasting in Caeseara, the Spirit of Jesus the Christ was actively working to bring the two of them face to face. Pause for a moment and consider how the living God can in fact work behind the scenes to bring two unrelated individuals face to face, and place them in the same room, and he initially makes absolutely no statement concerning that which He is doing. Consider for a moment the tremendous reality that the Holy Spirit was moving in Caeseara and in Joppa in order that he might cause the apostle Peter and Cornelius to be in the same house in order that the will, in order that the plans, and in order that the purposes of the living God might be accomplished in the earth. I find it absolutely incredible when I think about and consider the fact that the Holy Spirit can do whatever He wants to do, and can speak to two completely different individuals who are complete strangers and who perhaps would not have had any dealings with each other, and yet He brings them together and brings them face to face in order that he might accomplish the will of the Father who is in heaven. It’s important for us to recognize and understand that the Holy Spirit was not only working in Joppa with Simon called Peter, but the Holy Spirit was also working in Caeserea as an angel of the Lord appeared unto Cornelius while in prayer and fasting at the ninth hour. In Joppa, which was however many miles away from Caeseara the Holy Spirit was speaking unto Simon called Peter, while in Caeseara the living God was speaking unto Cornelius through an angel of the Lord who had appeared unto him and provided him with very specific instructions concerning what he ought to do.

I sit here this morning thinking about and consider that which is written and that which is found within this passage of Scripture, and I can’t help but come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that the apostle Peter—as well as the other apostles—originally walked with Jesus the Christ and followed Him wherever He would go, and now these same men were no longer physically walking with and following Jesus the Christ, but were now having to listen within their hearts and within their spirits to the voice of the Holy Spirit which was speaking unto them. Those men who had spent three and a half years walking with and following Jesus the Christ were now walking with and following One whom they could not see, and one whom they had not encountered as they did Jesus the Christ. This actually leads me to what I consider to be quite an intriguing question concerning our walking with and our following the living God within our lives. If you stop and consider the fact that the apostles walked with and followed Jesus the Christ in the flesh for three and a half years, and then until the day they each died and went the way of all the earth, they would walk with and follow the Holy Spirit whom they could neither see with their eyes, nor handle as they would Jesus the Christ. The question I can’t help but come face to face with is centered upon the reality of how we encounter the living God, how we encounter Jesus the Christ, and even how we encounter the Holy Spirit, and how there aren’t times within our lives when we find ourselves encountering and experiencing God differently than we have previously done. Is it possible that we have walked with, followed, experienced and encountered the living God one way within our hearts and lives, and yet there comes a point within our lives when a transition and shift seems to take place, and we find ourselves experiencing and encountering God in an entirely new and different way from what we had previously known? For three and a half years the apostles walked with and followed Jesus the Christ in the natural and in the flesh, and now they were no longer doing so in the natural and in the physical, but were walking with and following One whom they could not see, yet one whom they knew was promised unto them by Jesus the Christ. It was Jesus the Christ who had spoken unto them and declared that it was expedient that He go away and that He return unto His Father, for if He did not go away and return unto His Father, the Holy Spirit would not come and be manifested among them in their midst. Jesus knew and understood that in His departure would mean the arrival and manifestation of the Holy Spirit, as the Holy Spirit would not replace Jesus the Christ, but would further confirm Jesus the Christ, and speak of Christ. From the day of Pentecost on the apostles—as well as all those who had walked with and followed Jesus the Christ—would experience and encounter God in an entirely different way, for what was once experienced in the natural, and what was once experienced in the flesh would now be experienced in the supernatural and in the realm of faith and the unseen.

THE MOVEMENT FROM THE NATURAL TO THAT WHICH IS SUPERNATURAL! THE MOVEMENT FROM THAT WHICH IS SEEN TO THAT WHICH IS UNSEEN! When reading the book of Acts you will undoubtedly come face to face with the fact that the apostles, and those who walked with and followed Jesus the Christ in the flesh for three and a half years would now no longer do so in the natural, but would walk with and follow the Holy Spirit in the unseen and supernatural realm. Oh how absolutely remarkable and astonishing it is to think about and consider the fact that the apostles would experience an entirely different reality within their lives, for when once they would experience Jesus the Christ in the natural and physical realm as the Word became flesh, they would now experience the Holy Spirit in the unseen, supernatural and spiritual realm. Oh it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we recognize, understand and get this reality, for it directly confronts the reality that there are times within our walk with the Lord where He takes and transitions us from experiencing and encountering Him one way, and causes us to see Him, experience Him, and encounter Him in an entirely new and different way. I wonder what it was like for the apostles of Jesus the Christ, and for those who walked with and followed Jesus the Christ for three and a half years to now walk with and follow the Holy Spirit whom they could not see with their natural eyes. What was perhaps once easier to do given it took place in the natural would now be completely and entirely different as they would walk with and follow the Holy Spirit whom they could not see with their natural eyes. What we find within the tenth chapter—as well as what we find within and throughout the book of Acts—is this wonderful transition from the physical and natural realm to that of the supernatural and spiritual realm. If there is one thing the book of Acts reveals unto us it is the mighty and wonderful transition from the physical and natural realm to the unseen and spiritual realm. The entire book of Acts centers around the spiritual body of Jesus the Christ which was the early church, however, I would also make the statement that the entire book of Acts centers around the transition from experiencing Jesus the Christ in the physical and natural realm to experiencing and encountering Him in the supernatural and spiritual. What was once experienced and encountered with the physical and natural senses would now find itself transitioning inward—transitioning beyond the physical and natural ears, and transitioning beyond the physical and natural eyes. No longer would they rely on and use their natural eyes, ears and physical senses, but they would now need to rely on hearing and sensing with their spirit which was the direct connection and link to the One whom they had walked with for three and a half years.

If there is one thing that strikes me when reading the words which are found within the tenth chapter of the book of Acts—particularly and especially when you consider them in light of what we find in the eighth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, as well as the seventh chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke—it’s that within the gospels we find a Roman centurion entreating Jesus to come unto him that He might heal his servant who lie sick of the palsy and on the verge of death. In both the account which was written by the apostle Matthew, as well as the account which was written by the beloved physician Luke we find Jesus being willing to come unto the home of this man in order that he might heal his servant. This is quite astonishing when you think about it in light of the words which the apostle Peter spoke unto Cornelius and his entire household when standing before them, for on two separate occasions while within that home the apostle Peter spoke of how Jews typically have no dealings with Gentiles and those who would perhaps be considered as unclean. In the twenty-eighth verse of the tenth chapter we find the apostle Peter speaking the following words unto Cornelius and his entire household: “And he said unto them, Ye know how that is is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28). If you turn and direct your attention just a few verses later you will find the apostle Peter going on to speak unto Cornelius and his entire household concerning the movement and leading of the Spirit, and how his understanding of how God operates was being dramatically altered and shifted. If you begin reading with and from the thirty-fourth verse of this chapter you will find the following words which were spoken by the apostle Peter: “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:34-35). Each of these passages and references are an integral part in our understanding of Jesus the Christ, in the movement and operation of the Holy Spirit, as well as recognizing and understanding the living God. There is within this passage of Scripture a wonderful and powerful transition that took place within the heart and life of the apostle Peter, for not only does it demonstrate experiencing and encountering Jesus the Christ in an entirely new and different way, but it also speaks to and suggests a transition with how Jesus the Christ moves and operates within the world, as well as those whom the Holy Spirit will draw unto Himself, and will manifest Himself. The more I read and the more I consider the words which are found within this passage of Scripture the more I can’t help but come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that there were essentially two distinct transitions which took place within this chapter. On the one hand we find a wonderful and powerful transition from walking with and following Jesus the Christ to walking with and following the unseen person of the Holy Spirit. On the other hand we find a wonderful and mighty transition from the Holy Spirit moving and operating among the Jews alone to now moving and operating among the Gentiles as well.

THE TRANSITION OF THE BOOK OF ACTS! If we are to truly read and understand the book of Acts we must understand it—not only in terms experiencing Jesus the Christ in an entirely different way, but also in terms of recognizing the activity of the Holy Spirit beyond the Jews alone. There is within this passage a truly astonishing reality of the apostle Peter transitioning from walking with and following Jesus the Christ in the natural realm to walking with and following the Holy Spirit in the unseen, supernatural and spiritual realm. What’s more, is there is within this passage a truly wonderful reality of the Holy Spirit no longer being confined to the Jews alone, and no longer moving among the Jews alone, but now beginning to move among the Gentiles. In all reality, this chapter is a chapter of firsts on so many levels, for it is within this chapter where we find the apostle Peter experiencing and encountering the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit as directly compared to His encountering Jesus the Christ in the physical and natural realm. It is within this passage of Scripture we encounter and come face to face with the truly astonishing and reality of Simon also called Peter no longer experiencing Jesus the Christ in the natural and in the flesh, but now experiencing and encountering the Holy Spirit in the supernatural, in the spiritual, and in the unseen realm. What we find as we read and seek to understand that which is contained within this passage is a powerful sense of transition within the heart and life of the apostle Peter, for not only would He experience Jesus the Christ through the person of the Holy Spirit, but so also was his understanding of how God operates in the earth being dramatically shifted, shaped and altered. Up until that point in time the apostle Peter knew and understood the living God as moving within and moving among the Jews alone, and yet in the house of Cornelius—a Roman centurion in Caeseara—the apostle Peter would encounter and come face to face with the fact that the Spirit of the living God was beginning to move beyond the Jews alone, and was beginning to move in an entirely different way from what they had experienced up to that point in time. Up to this moment the apostle Peter knew and understood the promise of the Father and the gift of the Holy Spirit as being made available unto the Jews alone, and yet what he experiences and encounters in the home of Cornelius is something he neither expected nor anticipated. There is not a doubt in my mind that the apostle Peter did not expect the Holy Spirit to fall in the home of Cornelius, and for both Cornelius and his entire household to be filled and baptized with the Holy Spirit. Much to the surprise, the shock and amazement of the apostle Peter—as he was speaking concerning the things of the kingdom and of Jesus the Christ—the Holy Spirit fell in that house and filled Cornelius and his entire household. So shocking was the movement and activity of the Holy Spirit in the house of Cornelius that Luke writes and records how it shocked and stunned those of the circumcision who had made the journey from Joppa to Caeseara with the apostle Peter.

In all reality, I find it absolutely remarkable to think about and consider the fact that there are times in our lives when the living God can and will alter and transition our experience and our encounter with Him, as well as alter and transform our understanding of how He moves and operates within the earth. I would dare say that what the apostle Peter experienced on this particular occasion dramatically altered his perception of the movement and activity of the Holy Spirit, as well as how the living God moves and operates within and upon the earth, for now the Holy Spirit was beginning to be manifested in the midst of Gentiles—those who were not of the circumcision, yet who the Holy Spirit was revealing were being welcomed into the promise of the Father. Oh how truly wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that when once the Holy Spirit moved and operated within and among the Jews alone, He was now moving among the Gentiles as well, and grafting them into the promise of the Father, as well as the good news concerning Jesus the Christ and the kingdom of God. On this particular occasion we find the Holy Spirit falling in the home of a Gentile—and not only falling within the home of a Gentile, but also filling all those who were present within that home. Oh, what was it like for the apostle Peter to witness and behold the Holy Spirit falling in that house and filling Cornelius and his entire household as they began praising and glorifying the living God and speaking with other tongues? What was it like for the apostle Peter as he had previously understood this manifestation to take place among the Jews alone, and yet now it is taking place and happening among the Gentiles. Undoubtedly there was no framework, nor was there any context within the heart and mind of the apostle Peter for such a manifestation of the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit was moving and operating outside of his preconceived ideas and understanding of how he should and would operate within and upon the earth. What we find within this passage of Scripture is absolutely astounding, for within this passage we find the apostle Peter witnessing and beholding the Holy Spirit falling upon the household of a Gentile, and filling them completely, thus causing them to speak with other tongues. That which he once believed solely in terms of the Jews was now being experienced by the Gentiles—something which he had neither anticipated nor expected. While there is no confirmation that Cornelius in the book of Acts is the same centurion whom we read about in the eighth chapter of the gospel written by Matthew, as well as in the seventh chapter of the gospel written by Luke, it would be quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that when Jesus would not enter into the home of the centurion whom entreated Him concerning his servant, the Holy Spirit, as well as the apostle Peter would enter in on this particular occasion. What an incredible reality to think about and consider the fact that where Jesus the Christ didn’t go—although we clearly understand from Scripture that He was indeed willing to go—the Holy Spirit was not only more than willing to go, but actually entered in and manifested Himself within that household.

THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN GO WHERE JESUS THE CHRIST PERHAPS COULD NOT GO! In seeking to understand Jesus the Christ in the natural, and understanding Him according to the flesh, we must understand and recognize that Jesus the Christ was limited in where He could go, for He could only be in one place at a single time. When you read and when you study the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded within the gospels you will find that Jesus was limited to the realms of time and space, and He could never be in more than one place at a single time. This, however, was not so concerning the Holy Spirit, for not only could the Holy Spirit go wherever he wanted whenever He wanted and desired, He could also go places we would perhaps deem as being inaccessible and difficult to reach. Perhaps one of the greatest realities found within this passage of Scripture is the absolutely wonderful reality that the Holy Spirit could enter into the home of a Gentile, and did not have the same borders and boundaries as the Jews did. While it was true that Peter had spent his entire life understanding that he would not keep company, or even come unto one of another nation, the Holy Spirit did not have to operate within the same confines and within the same borders and boundaries. Oh, as I sit here this morning I can’t help but think about and consider how absolutely wonderful it would be for the Holy Spirit to enter into the home of that one who did not even think himself worthy to have Jesus come under his roof and enter into his home. WHEN JESUS FINALLY ENTERS THE HOUSE! WHEN JESUS FINALLY ENTERS IN! Wouldn’t it be just like the living God to finally enter into the home of that one who felt so unworthy and inadequate to have the physical person of Jesus the Christ enter, and to do so through the person of the Holy Spirit? When the apostle Peter entered into the home of Cornelius he had absolutely no clue or idea what to expect, and while he was speaking unto them concerning Jesus the Christ and that which took place in Jerusalem and Judaea, the Holy Spirit fell in that place and completely filled and baptized all those who were present in that household. There is not a doubt in my mind that it would have been quite astounding and quite remarkable for Jesus the Christ to finally enter into the home of that one who felt himself unworthy to have Him enter, and to do so through the person of the Holy Spirit. During the days of the apostles and during the days of the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ would not only enter into the home of this centurion, but the Holy Spirit would also completely fill and baptized Cornelius and his entire household, and would cause them to speak with other tongues. On this particular occasion the Holy Spirit would enter into the home of a Gentile, and would completely alter and transform the apostle Peter’s understanding of how the Holy Spirit moves and operates, for up until that time the apostle Peter undoubtedly thought and believed that the Holy Spirit was only for the Jews and would and could not be manifested among the Gentiles.

WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT DISRUPTS YOUR THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK! WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT INVADES YOUR CONTEXT CONCERNING HIS PERSON AND NATURE! WHEN JESUS THE CHRIST MOVES AND OPERATES OUTSIDE YOUR BORDERS AND BOUNDARIES! What we find and what we have within this passage of Scripture is a truly wonderful reality of how the Holy Spirit has the ability to completely disrupt our understanding of how He moves and operates in our midst, and even how He operates among the hearts and lives of those before and around us. The apostle Peter perhaps thought the Holy Spirit was available only unto the Jews, and yet on this particular occasion he came face to face with the incredible reality that the Holy Spirit was being made available unto and manifesting Himself among the Gentiles as well. What’s more, is that the entire framework for the apostle Peter encountering and experiencing Jesus the Christ was being altered and transformed, as no longer would he relate to Jesus the Christ in the physical and natural realm, but he would now relate to Jesus the Christ through the Holy Spirit in the unseen, supernatural and spiritual realm. What was once experienced in the physical and natural realm and experienced with the natural and physical senses would not transition to that which was experienced inwardly according to the spirit and heart. That which is found in this passage is absolutely remarkable, for not only did the apostle Peter find himself encountering the reality that the Holy Spirit was beginning to move outside of his theological framework, but he also found himself coming face to face with the reality that the Holy Spirit would begin to manifest Himself beyond the Jews and would now begin to manifest Himself to the Gentiles as well. What’s more, is that the apostle Peter would find himself relating to and experiencing Jesus the Christ through the person of the Holy Spirit, as it would no longer be about what could be seen and heard in the natural, but what could be seen, heard and understood in the supernatural and spiritual realm. There is not a doubt in mind that when the Holy Spirit showed up on the day of Pentecost, and as the Holy Spirit continued to move within the hearts and lives of those who once walked with and followed Jesus the Christ, there was an incredible transition which took place, as the Holy Spirit would take them beyond their physical and natural senses, and would take them beyond their understanding of how Jesus the Christ, and how the eternal Father moves and operates within the earth. Oh that we would read the words which are found within this passage and that we would come face to face with a God who not only operates within our framework and context, but also a God who seeks to expand and enhance our understanding of Him, and how we encounter and experience Him.

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