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Acts 19.13-17 – Calling and God’s will
Posted: 12 December 2011 in Acts

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

A priest friend of mine once sounded slightly shocked at the idea that Christian spirituality should involve fear of God. That was the Old Testament, not the New Testament. Well, I suppose the above passage is one of the New Testament passages which should give Christians, just as much as Jews in Old Testament times, reason to fear God. This is not fear in the negative sense, but in the positive sense of a deep respect and reverence for God – such as that which Isaiah presumably experienced during his vision of God, described in Isaiah 6.

One thing which is clear from the above passage is that we have no right to go grabbing after any spiritual gift or vocation unless God sees fit to bestow it upon us, and that he will choose whom he will.

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