Monday, August 29, 2016

The Transition - By Joel Finck

The Transition
 By Joel Finck 

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 13:10

"But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away" (I Corinthians 13:10). When Paul wrote these words, God's dealings with men were in a state of change. Israel had manifested her unbelief through killing the prophets, murdering God's Son and resisting the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51, 52). Now God would set the favored nation aside and begin a new work among the Gentiles, but this was not to happen over night.

The book of Acts records the transition period. This is the time during which the Jewish program was gradually "shut down," and the Gentile ministry was brought "on line." The unique feature of this time is that elements of both the old and the new were in operation all at once. This is why the book of Acts seems confusing to many.

Take, for example, the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2:38 Peter tells the multitude they will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit if they repent and be baptized. In Acts 10:44, 45 Cornelius' household receives the Holy Spirit without being baptized. Then in Acts 19:6, the disciples of John received the Holy Spirit only after Paul laid his hands on them. Why were there so many different methods of receiving the Holy Spirit? The answer is, because of the transition. Many, disregarding the transition, still try to receive the Holy Spirit through the various methods found in the book of Acts. This only leads to confusion. Today, the Holy Spirit is received through "the hearing of faith" (Galatians 3: 2). Understanding the transition clarifies this and many other theological issues as well.

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