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33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

 

33 And with great power

The testimony of the apostles came with “great power.” That power was from the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; Eph 5:18).

the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

The apostles witnessed the resurrection of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. The resurrection was the focus of apostolic preaching in Acts (Acts 2:24, 32; 3:15; 5:30; 10:40; 13:30, 33, 34, 37).

And great grace was upon them all.

The church not only experienced God’s grace but His “great grace.” Grace is a major theme throughout the book of Acts (Acts 6:8; 11:23; 13:43; 14:3, 26; 15:11, 40; 18:27; 20:24, 32). God’s grace on them all indicates that His blessing was upon many aspects of their lives.

PRINCIPLE:

We need God’s grace as witnesses for Christ.

APPLICATION:

The bold witness of the early church stands in stark contrast to the weak witness of the modern-day church. There appears to be very little power in the church today, power available from the Holy Spirit. God is willing and able to give His great grace or favor for such a task as sharing the gospel.

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