Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clothing Filled With God's Spirit

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Do you think the early Christians had deeper faith than the present-day Christians?

On my other blog, I've been talking about the early Christians. The church was so much different back then - at least different from the churches of which I've been a member. The miracles that happened within the early church were truly amazing. I'd like to take this moment and share some scriptures that show clothing filled with God's spirit. I blogged about this first scripture years ago, but, thought it'd be good to talk about again since this scripture pertains to the early Christians, mainly, the Apostle Paul:

Acts 19:11-12
11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

That's so cool, awesome and totally amazing! Can you imagine, an apron or handkerchief that had touched Paul could be taken to a sick person and the item could cure his/her illness and drive out evil spirits!, wow!!!

Paul's miraculous miracles, stored in clothing items that he touched....


I was talking to my husband about this last night and he reminded me of the following scripture - when the bleeding woman touched Jesus clothing and was healed:
Luke 8:43-48
43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.
45 And Jesus said, “Who touched Me?”
When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
46 But Jesus said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 47 Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately.
48 And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

I would like to witness something like this happening myself. Yes, I do realize that it's still possible for this to happen today, people can get healed, but, I wish I could travel in a time machine and go back to the days of Jesus and the Apostle Paul and witness these healings as descibed in the above-mentioned scriptures.

So, do you think the early Christians had deeper faith than the present-day Christians?

Leave a comment.

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Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

God is in the business of miracles! Where would we be without them in our own lives today?

Teresa Slack said...

You brought up a good point, Cecelia. I don't think today's Christians are willing to sacrifice comfort for walking truly immersed in God's word. We want, and expect, a quick fix. I believe our impatience is the main thing that separates us from the early church.

Cecelia said...

Thanks for commenting, Carrie.
I believe you are right, Teresa, our impatience is probably one of the main things that separates us from the early Christian church.
~Cecelia Dowdy~

Molly Noble Bull said...

Wow, Cecelia. You told me something I didn't know. I knew about the woman that was healed after touching the hem of Jesus's robe, but I didn't the story about Paul. I've read the entire Bible several times, word for word, and I never noticed the scripture about the handkerchief.
Thanks for pointing it out.

Cecelia said...
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Cecelia Dowdy said...

Hi, Molly! As the saying goes, "You learn something new everyday!"

That scripture is so brief, that I could see others missing it, too. What happens afterwards is what people probably remember moreso than the handkerchief and apron - about the evil spirits not recognizing the Jewish chief priest's name, but recognizing Jesus's and Paul's names.

~Cecelia Dowdy~

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