Reading this morning in Acts (of the Holy Spirit), I stumbled upon something I’d never seen before. After Paul is persecuting the church, Jesus confronts him, regenerates him, and then encourages the church through him. Now there are about a thousand things people have said about Paul’s conversion, and this is not an addition on the subject.

What caught my attention today was this little summary statement from Luke a little farther in the chapter. Paul is now ministering, he’s met up with Barnabas, and then Luke says in Acts 9:31:

So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.(ESV)

Wow! Wondering about how the church is to operate? I think Luke gave us a pretty good direction here. Fear of the Lord, and comfort in the Holy Spirit. As I was thinking about it, what sweet fellowship we share, what glorious doctrine we exult in, what tender mercies are administered in the body when we walk in this way! The heavy-handed co-opting of one part of the church for another is laid waste here with this beautiful reliance on God.

May this be our prayer for Christ’s body!

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