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Seasons of Refreshing

03 Apr

As I read through Acts 3 I have to wonder how many folks believe in miracles today. It must have been something to see a man leaping and walking on legs that looked more like spindles than something that would actually hold up a human body.

Peter and John got themselves in a little trouble afterward, because they preached the resurrection of the crucified Jesus, showing that he is indeed the Messiah. The chief priests and the Temple captain had them arrested to be tried the next morning, but really what could they say against an apparent miracle?

I find what Peter said was quite interesting. He called for his brethren to repent:

Acts 3:19-20 WORNT Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out: that seasons of refreshing may come upon you from the presence of the Lord; (20) and He may send Jesus Christ, who was before preached unto you:

“Seasons of refreshing” in the Greek has to do with times or periods when we are revived from within. The Greek word is anapsuxis (G403); it is a noun and means: “a cooling” or “a reviving with fresh air” according to Vincent’s Word Studies, and another source has “breathing.” It is found only here. I get the mental picture of our saying “Aahhhhh!” after a particular stressful or laborious period when we first take rest. The verb form is found in 1Timothy 1:16 and is used by Paul saying: “Onesiphorus …oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain.”

However, Peter in Acts 3 verses 19 and 20 relates this refreshment to what results from our sins being blotted out. It comes from the presence of God who sends Christ who was before heralded by the prophets beginning with Abraham and Moses. The ancient Jews taught that the Messiah would teach us all things, and they looked forward to his days as a time of rest. Jesus, himself, told us who were weary to come onto him for his yoke is sweet and his labor light (Matthew 11:29-30). In other words, we are living in the Messianic age! This is the time when we may obtain forgiveness of all we have ever done and receive “refreshment” or put another way, receiving Jesus into our very souls.

In the previous chapter Peter told those listeners, also, to repent:

Acts 2:38 KJV Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Notice here that Peter said we shall receive the “gift” of the Holy Spirit. Jesus compares the Spirit with the wind in John 3:8 (compare “cool fresh air” or “breathing” above) and says later that the other Advocate who would come was then present with the disciples and would be **in** them (John 14:16-17). Paul says that this is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Praise God!

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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Forgiveness, Holy Spirit

 

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