Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, andÂ he looked the sorcerer in the eye. Then he said, “You son of theÂ devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of allÂ that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of theÂ Lord?”Â – (Acts 13:9-10)
In today’s world where we always question authority, we canÂ often wonder if there is any true and trustworthy authority. WhatÂ gave the apostles their authority was not position, name, rank, orÂ even reputation: it was the Holy Spirit of God who operated throughÂ them. In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke with confidence:Â they were filled with the Spirit of God and spoke the words of GodÂ (2 Pet. 1:19-21). This is true as well of Jesus’ messengers.
WhileÂ all true followers of Jesus have the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9), theÂ apostles spoke with a unique authority directly related to the workÂ of the Holy Spirit through them. Jesus built his church on theirÂ testimony and authority and we ignore their teaching at our ownÂ peril and rebellious risk (Eph. 2:20; 1 Thess. 4:8).
Prayer : O Father, I thank you for speaking authoritatively through yourÂ servants, the prophets. I thank you for speaking authoritativelyÂ through Jesus’ apostles. Now I ask, dear Father, that I can takeÂ what they have spoken and apply it in my life with the guidance andÂ conviction that the Holy Spirit brings. I want my life to bring youÂ honor as the Spirit conforms me to be like Jesus, in whose name IÂ pray. Amen.