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This week the sermon was on Acts 19:1-10 and was entitled “The Whole Story” On one of his many adventures the Apostle Paul runs across some disciples of John the Baptist, men who were waiting to know all the good news of the Christ but had as of yet only heard part of the story.
So it was that we started off with some scripture that the Holy Spirit was good enough to preserve for us from the Apostle Peter wherein he informs us of how incredible it is for us to be part of Jesus’ Church because we know “The Whole Story” of God’s plan of redemption in Christ.
Introduction Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-12
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
The Old testament saints longed and searched for “The Whole Story” of God’s redemptive plan, yet they were only given beautiful shards of the larger Gospel mosaic revealed in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Old Testament can be a daunting read for many. All too often it is stereotyped as a period of time marked by an easily angered, merciless God. Yet God’s mercy is all over the Old Testament. We looked at 5 examples.
1. God made Adam and Eve clothes from animals, teaching them that their protection from the elements and the coverage of our shame in a fallen Genesis 3 world required the death of an innocent. This is a sliver of the Gospel!
2. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to God in Genesis 22, but it was God whom eventually provided the sacrifice of a ram, pointing to the truth that God would eventually provide the ultimate sacrifice for our sin in His only begotten Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews later tells us that Abraham considered that God brings the dead back to life (Hebrews 11:17-19). This is a sliver of the Gospel.
3. During the Exodus from Egypt God instructs the Israelites to place the blood of a lamb over their door posts so the Angel of death would pass them by (Exodus 12). This too is a sliver of the Gospel as it points to the fact that an innocent would die for the guilty so that divine and perfectly justified wrath would “pass over” them.
4. God won the war for the promised land, reminding His children that victory and deliverance belongs to the covenant keeping God (Joshua 23-24) : a sliver of the Gospel.
5. God commands Samuel to anoint David (1 Samuel 16) , the nobody of a nobody family, king of Israel, reminding us that God looks at the heart, and chooses whomever He likes, reminding us that God loves the least of these, reminding us of what Paul wrote in 1st Corinthians 1, that God still chooses the weak to shame the strong. The Gospel is all over the Old Testament in types and shadows…
Peter tells us that the Gospel we often take for granted is something the prophets of old as well as the angels themselves longed to look into! How good our God is to us for giving us “The Whole Story” of Christ through His calling, through the Holy Bible, and through His family, the Church.
When Paul runs across 12 men who where still disciples of John The Baptist, last prophet of O.T. Israel, he is quick to update them about “the things concerning Himself ” (that is the resurrection of Christ as the predicted messiah of old ,Luke 24, as well as the the coming of the promised Holy Spirit on Pentecost, John 14).
Note: When Jesus Saves you, He gives you a gift that is complete, but it will take eternity to explore the riches thereof…
1 And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. 2 And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all. 8 And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. 9 But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so thatall the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.
Big Idea: God is in no way satisfied with you only knowing part of the Gospel.
1. The Gospel is not merely Repentance.
A.) We can get so caught up in staying “I’m Sorry” before God that we never learn to abide and rest in His Grace (Matthew 11:28-30). This is the false Gospel of “Works Righteousness” or trying to work our way to heaven and God’s favor by being “good”. Repentance is good, needed, and essential to Christian health, but, many Christians think the Gospel is staying one apology ahead of death. While many would not admit this as their official theology, it is their practical theology. This is slavery. The men in Acts 19:1-10 were right to repent and make way for the coming of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, but that means we must get out of the way, let Him come and be our grace rather than trusting in our own self-righteousness.
B.) On the other hand we can get caught up in thinking that because Christ died for us repentance and holiness no longer matter. This is the false gospel of “Antinomianism” or No Law. This is the auto pilot many cultural christians in America are flying by. People who claim to love Jesus, yet brand everyone who talks to them about holiness as judgmental are the poster boys and girls of Antinomianism. Paul talks about his in…
The men in Acts 19:1-10 were right to repent and make way for the coming of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, but we revel in the truth that God is both sin eater and sanctifier.
2. The Gospel is not merely Baptism.
Evangelicalism is full of brothers and sisters in Christ who are wise in following Christ yet have decided to attribute salvation to Baptism. Baptism is a mysterious gift from God, never let anyone tell you differently, but for salvation we look to Christ’s atonement on that bloody cross long ago. Indeed, salvation comes from being immersed in the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12, 1 Peter 3:21)
3. The Gospel is not merely the Holy Spirit.
A.) What is better than a conscience? The indwelling Holy Spirit. Eph. 1:13-14
B.) So, what’s the deal with Paul zapping people with the Holy Spirit? V.6 Observation: He’s an Apostle, and you aren’t. In a celebrity obsessed culture there is no doubt that a man with true healing ability would become the focus of our attention rather than God. This always happens. Read what happened in Romans 1 when people saw all the beauty of the earth that God made.
4. The Gospel is not merely for Super Christians v.6. Acts 19:1-10 is not a text supporting the Pentecostal’s doctrine of the “second baptism of the spirit” or anointing.
Far too many Christians have been made to feel inferior in certain circles because they didn’t have the spiritual gifts others have. God is the giver of spiritual gifts and skills in the body of Christ, He knows what He is doing. Rejoice in what God has given, rejoice in where God has placed you.
5. The Gospel is Jesus.
The Gospel is the birth, sinless life, atoning death, and victorious resurrection of the Son of God on behalf of helpless Sinners (you and I). v. 8-10 Making sure all heard this good news is why Paul stayed in Ephesus for two years.
Regardless of what trials we are going through we are blessed above any trial trying to pull us down by our heels because we have “The Whole Story” of God’s good plan in Jesus Christ. This is a truth we need to preach to ourselves daily, especially on the hard days, after all, we never become too spiritual for “The Whole Story” of The Lord Jesus Christ.