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PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE

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Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of Him  

  that bringeth

GOOD TIDINGS,

that publisheth

PEACE;

that bringeth

GOOD TIDINGS of GOOD,

that publisheth

SALVATION;

that saith unto Zion,

THY GOD REIGNETH!

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Mark 16:15-20

And He said unto them,

Go ye into all the world, and preach the Good Tidings to every creature.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;

but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

In my name shall they cast out devils;

they shall speak with new tongues;

they shall take up serpents;

and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;

they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them,

            He was received up into heaven,

            and sat on the right hand of God.

And they went forth, and preached every where,

the Lord working with them, 

and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

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Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission.

These were the men that followed Jesus for about three and a half years and were eye witnesses to the many,

many miracles He performed.

They were there when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

They saw and assisted Jesus when He fed the multitude with two loaves of bread and five small fish.

They were in the boat when Jesus walked on water and Peter walked to Him on the water.

I know, I know he started to sink, but at least Peter’s faith got him out of the boat.

They were in training, in Bible School if you will, for the ministries they would fulfill after Jesus went back

to the Father.

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The word Gospel, means Good News!

Their commission was great in scope

for it would impact everyone who heard the Gospel;

the Good News that

Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the whole world

to reconcile men back to Himself.

They went from a fearful group of men that were hiding from those who had Jesus crucified,

to a bold and fearless band of men

who preached to those same men who crucified Jesus,

that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.

And just what was it that caused this great change in their lives?

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Before they were to start their ministries,

Jesus told them they needed the baptism

of the Holy Ghost.

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Acts 1:4-5

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.

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost

not many days hence.

 

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Acts 1:8-9

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 of the earth.

And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, 

He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

 

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Clearly they needed supernatural “power” to be Christ’s witnesses not only in Jerusalem, but also in Judaea,

and Samaria and to “the uttermost part of the earth.”  Their commission was going to change the lives of those

who heard the Gospel message!  There were those who would believe and those who would not.  There

was no neutral ground here.  This reminds me of the young airman my husband was witnessing to in the

Philippines, outside of gate 1 of Clark Air Force Base, on the notoriously sinful Fields Avenue where brothels

and bars were in abundance. He was telling this young man that either you were for Christ, or you were

against Him. The young man’s response was something like, “Oh man, don’t put it like that!” 

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Acts 2:1-4; 12-18

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,

they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of

a Rushing Mighty Wind,

and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them

cloven tongues like as of Fire,

and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,

and began to speak with other tongues,

as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Baptism of the Holy Ghost changes fearful men into men of boldness and

courage.  Look at Peter the spokesman on the day of Pentecost.  He went from

being a fearful man who denied Jesus three times, to a firebrand preacher declaring

the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ with boldness, and three

thousand souls were saved!

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Acts 2:14-18

But Peter, standing up with the eleven,

lifted up his voice, and said unto them,

Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem,

be it know unto you,

and hearken to my words: 

for these are not drunken, as ye suppose,   

seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,

I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: 

   and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

  and your young men shall see visions,

    and your old men  shall dream dreams

         and on My servants and on My handmaidens

        I will pour out in those days of My Spirit;

         and they shall prophesy:”

 

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Is the  baptism of the Holy Ghost for us today?

Is Salvation for us today?

Has Jesus changed?

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In the seventies of the previous century, a pastor was taking a converted Rabbi on a tour of his church.

They were walking through a prayer meeting when suddenly a man began to pray very loudly in tongues.

They were near the door when the Rabbi stopped to listen.

The pastor beckoned him to come because they had an afternoon meeting and still had things to do.

The Rabbi gestured that he was staying right where he was, and turned ghostly pale.

He stayed some fifteen minutes or so  until the man stopped praying.

He excitedly asked the pastor,

“How man languages does he know?”

 The pastor said, “He’s an ignorant man and only knows English.”

The Rabbi told him that he was speaking in the purest Hebrew, he, an astute student of  Hebrew, had ever

heard!

Firstly he was praying the Psalms, then proceeded to call angels by their Hebrew names and commission them

to go to specific places and help various people and missionaries as well!

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I Corinthians 14:2

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue

speaketh not unto men,

but unto God:

for no man understandeth him;

howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries.

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Romans 8:26

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:

for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:

but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us

with groanings which cannot be uttered.

 

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Thank you for stopping by.

Please pray for America the Beautiful

 

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