August 20, 2008

Peter and Adrian

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptised with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he ordered that they be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. Acts 10:44-48

Unlike Adrian Rogers when Peter's sermon was interrupted he stopped preaching. He didn't raise his palms to quieten them. There was a Holy Spirit intervention. The circumcised Jewish men who came with Peter were behind the eight ball. The last ball was a easy shot except the eight ball was between them. These were uncircumcised Gentiles and they were praising God in an unknown language. This mirrored what had happened to them at Pentecost. These Jews were saying how can these receive the Holy Spirit as we did? Peter was saying how can we forbid them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ? So that day the whole group at Cornelius' house were baptized.

Dr Rogers would not have handled this the same way. Perhaps the first person to be filled was a....well we really don't know. Knowing that women are always spiritually sensitive let's just assume that a trustworthy household servant girl was the first and was the "prime" that cued the others to obey. Adrian would not have allowed that girl to interrupt and the rest would know not to follow her. Adrian would have to finish his sermon.

Peter's sermon was 10 verses, very short. The exposition of scripture, edited for a future LWF format was more important than the plain, simple response of a servant girl. "Now you did not hear what I was saying."

Dr Rogers, himself said: "The Holy Spirit is there to lead you, comfort you, guide you and instruct you. He is so sensitive that He can be easily quenched." The Holy Spirit Your Best Friend - p.20

Aren't you glad that Peter let God's people grow that day!

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