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The Attesting Power of the Holy Ghost
“The power of the Holy Ghost” is to be seen in his attesting works, the works by which he attested that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ of God. Our Savior said, “There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true” (John 5:32).
When he went into the river Jordan to be baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove and proclaimed him God’s beloved Son. Later, when Christ Jesus raised the dead, healed the leper, healed diseases, caused the lame to walk, gave sight to the blind, ears to the deaf, and speech to the dumb, when he cast out demons by the word of his power, commanded the stormy seas to be calm, and multiplied the loaves and fishes, all was done by “the power of the Holy Ghost.”
The Holy Spirit dwelt in the man Christ Jesus without measure. And by “the power of the Holy Ghost” all those miracles were accomplished. By those miracles he performed, the Holy Ghost said, over and over again, “This man is the Christ of God!” — (See Matthew 11:3-6; Luke 7:19-23)
Then, after our Redeemer’s ascension into Heaven, “the power of the Holy Ghost” openly and manifestly attested that the man crucified at Jerusalem and raised up from the dead is Jesus the Christ, when he came on the Day of Pentecost like a rushing mighty wind upon the assembled apostles, and cloven tongues sat upon them. He attested the ministries of those holy apostles by giving them the ability to preach the gospel in languages they had never learned as he gave them utterance.
Also, miraculous deeds were wrought by them, verifying that they were indeed apostles of the Christ (Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:4; Acts 5:12).
Š The Lame Man at the Temple (Acts 3:7-11)
Š Multitudes of Sick Folks (Acts 5:14-16)
Š Stephen’s Great Wonders and Miracles (Acts 6:8)
Š Peter’s Healing Aeneas of Palsy (Acts 9:32-34)
Š Peter’s Raising Dorcas from the Dead at Joppa (Acts 9:36-43)
Š Paul’s Healing the Sick and Casting Out Devils at Ephesus (Acts 19:11-12), and in Troas (Acts 20:8-12), and Melita (Acts 28:3-9)
Great, miraculous deeds were wrought by the apostles as well as their Master, so that by “the power of the Holy Ghost” many believed. God the Holy Spirit has omnipotent power, because he is himself God, the third person of the holy Trinity. Obviously, apostolic gifts and miracles are not seen today. The apostles have all been in Glory for a long time. When the apostolic age ended, the apostolic gifts ceased, but not “the power of the Holy Ghost.” It is “the power of the Holy Ghost” that we preach, and you believe.