Apr26SunApril 26, 2015
By definition, a trademark is a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel…” (Acts 4:8) The Christian Trademark is to be filled with the Holy Ghost.
When you read The Acts of the Apostles or the Book of Acts, you can’t help but be encouraged to see how the New Testament Church began. The Church was not the buildings or homes in which they assembled; the Church was and still is the born again, spirit-filled believers who gather together. The Greek word for Church is ecclesia or ekklesia which means, “a calling out, that is, a popular meeting.” It comes from the compound of two Greek words: “ek” denoting origin, out of, out from, and away from, and “kaleo” which means to call aloud, to name or call by name, to invite.
Peter said it like this, “that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Pet. 2:9).” We get the “ek” out of darkness and “kaleo” into His marvelous light. While Jesus was with the disciples they were able to do the works that Jesus did – He was the Light and gave them power and authority to do the works. Once Jesus ascended back to the Father, the disciples were able to do greater works – because He was now in them by way of the Holy Ghost. The same goes for us “IF” we can believe. We were called out of the same darkness and into the same marvelous light as the believers of that day.
Look again at the opening verse and put your name there: “Then [Your Name], filled with the Holy Ghost….” The missing link, ingredient, difference, reason, advantage, etc., which was present and prevalent with the early Church but is lacking or not so prevalent with us today is — the Holy Ghost. He’s still here! He has not left the earth but the Church for the most part has forsaken Him. The Holy Ghost is the third person of the Trinity and as God — He never changes. He does not “fizzle out”. All the attributes of God are complete in the Holy Ghost just as in Jesus (Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God, God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained…(Phi 2:6 AMP)).
In summary, when we have the Holy Ghost, or He has us, we have all that we could ever need to be that vibrant, thriving, edified Ecclesia/Church that glorifies Jesus. Be Filled With The Holy Ghost.
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)