Power of The Kingdom

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I do not know the ratio of the increased power when two agree as compared with one person. I do believe that the power two have with God compared with one person is more than doubled. I know the power of a partnership of two people wed together who agree to raise a family and to love and respect each other. The influence of this relation­ship continues as the children have families of their own.

By Jack Tanner

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The power of the church was born on the Day of Pen­tecost, but this power was not limited to the mem­bers and leaders of the first church. What started at the birth of the true church continues today. Jesus proved He could take a group of mostly uneducated disciples of diverse backgrounds and evangelize the world. The require­ment seemed to be, “Follow me.” To follow Jesus was to say good-bye to old ways, former occupations, and families. Jesus formed them into a team in spite of their personality problems, self-interests, and lack of spiritual insight.

 

How could a group of disciples who jostled for position among themselves be effective in winning the world? They would not have been effective if they had not obeyed the command of Jesus to tarry in Jerusalem until they were filled with the power of the Holy Ghost.

 

TWO MIRACLES

 

Two miracles happened on the Day of Pentecost. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place (Acts 2:1). This first miracle helped to bring about the second; the first miracle was they were all with one accord. The unity of the 120 is a rare happening! There is power when only two or three agree on earth as touching anything. Verily I say unto you, whatso­ever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:18-20).

 

If two of you shall agree on earth. . . . At the start of the church, 120 agreed, and the church began with great power and glory. On what did they agree? For one thing, teachers who doubted any part of Jesus’ teachings had not yet sur­faced among the Holy Ghost-filled saints. The 120 were too close to the actual happenings to doubt. They witnessed the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

 

There was agreement on what Jesus commanded them to do. And [Jesus] 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 (Acts 1:4-5).

 

OBEDIENCE TO JESUS’ COMMAND

 

Jesus told His followers not to depart from Jerusalem until they were baptized with the Holy Ghost. In the minds of the 120, nothing was more important than obedience to God’s command. Today, when people let nothing become more important than obedience to Jesus’ command, they also receive the Holy Ghost just like the 120. We still live in the church age and receive the same experience that brought in the church dispensation.

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