A Powerless Church by Anton Bosch

A Powerless Church by Anton Bosch

Why is the church so powerless even when there seems to be much activity and a lot of people!

We agree with Anton Bosch in general about doctrine of Scripture but differ in the view that we don’t see the rapture (Harpazo) PreTrib but between the 6/7 Seal! This results is a different view in how things play out in the end! Eschatology >>>

Die Handelinge Kerk is die regte voorbeeld!!


A Powerless Church by Anton Bosch (Notes)

Handelinge 1:4  En toe Hy nog met hulle saam was, het Hy hulle bevel gegee om nie van Jerusalem weg te gaan nie, maar om te wag op die belofte van die Vader, wat julle, het Hy gesê, van My gehoor het.

Handelinge 1:5  Want Johannes het wel met water gedoop, maar julle sal met die Heilige Gees gedoop word nie lank ná hierdie dae nie.

Handelinge 1:6  Die wat bymekaargekom het, vra Hom toe en sê: Here, gaan U in hierdie tyd die koninkryk vir Israel weer oprig?

Handelinge 1:7  En Hy antwoord hulle: Dit kom julle nie toe om die tye of geleenthede te weet wat die Vader deur sy eie mag bepaal het nie;

Handelinge 1:8  maar julle sal krag ontvang wanneer die Heilige Gees oor julle kom, en julle sal my getuies wees in Jerusalem sowel as in die hele Judéa en Samaría en tot aan die uiterste van die aarde.

Handelinge 1:9  En nadat Hy dit gesê het, is Hy opgeneem terwyl hulle dit sien; en ‘n wolk het Hom voor hulle oë weggeneem.

Handelinge 1:10  En toe hulle nog stip na die hemel kyk terwyl Hy weggaan, staan daar twee manne in wit klere by hulle,

Handelinge 1:11  wat sê: Galilése manne, waarom staan julle en kyk na die hemel? Hierdie Jesus wat van julle opgeneem is in die hemel, sal net so kom soos julle Hom na die hemel sien wegvaar het.

Handelinge 1:12  Daarop draai hulle om na Jerusalem van die berg af wat genoem word Olyfberg, wat naby Jerusalem is, ‘n sabbatsreis ver.

Handelinge 1:13  En toe hulle daar kom, gaan hulle na die bo-vertrek waar hulle gewoond was om te vertoef, naamlik: Petrus en Jakobus en Johannes en Andréas, Filippus en Thomas, Bartholoméüs en Matthéüs, Jakobus, die seun van Alféüs, en Simon, die Yweraar, en Judas, die seun van Jakobus.

Handelinge 1:14  Hulle almal het eendragtig volhard in gebed en smeking, saam met ‘n aantal vroue en Maria, die moeder van Jesus, en met sy broers.

 

Acts 1:4  Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me;

Acts 1:5  for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Ascension

Acts 1:6  So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”

Acts 1:7  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;

Acts 1:8  but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

Acts 1:9  And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Acts 1:10  And as they were gazing intently into the sky while He was going, behold, two men in white clothing stood beside them.

Acts 1:11  They also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.”

Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas

Acts 1:12  Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.

Acts 1:13  When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James.

Acts 1:14  These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

 

There is no power. No power to be witnesses!

Not the misconception as in the Charismatic Church who mistakenly take outward manifestation to be “power”!

In general Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches base much of their doctrine on experience not the Word!

But as with some Cessationist you find them also with the same presupposition as with John McArthur whom said he didn’t experience anything so from there his view was also based on an experience or the lack thereof and not Scripture!

Decline in moving of Gods Spirit. Not because of cessation but because of the fact that people have moved away from the Word of God.

The other problem is to fake it.

Buildings, membership etc. Being so called proof of God doing something!

 

Achieving something doesn’t mean that it is from God!

Some kind of emotional experience or way of speaking. Human manipulation by stage, way of speaking, tone, music etc.!

If the Church really had the correct power society would have been changed!

Power not to preach but to be witnesses but more so to witnesses!

If you really have The Power the world will reject you!

You cannot earn a gift! God gives The Gift on His terms.

 

Acts 2:38  Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Handelinge 2:38  En Petrus sê vir hulle: Bekeer julle, en laat elkeen van julle gedoop word in die Naam van Jesus Christus tot vergewing van sondes, en julle sal die gawe van die Heilige Gees ontvang.

 

Repentance and Baptism! Then you will receive the Holy Spirit!

Baptism is obedience!

Faith without works is dead!

First fruit that comes from Faith is repentance!

Cheap grace doesn’t bring the fruit!

Repentance is the proof of faith!

 

Acts 5:32  “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Handelinge 5:32  En ons is sy getuies van hierdie dinge, en ook die Heilige Gees wat God gegee het aan die wat Hom gehoorsaam is

 

Conditions!

Disobedience, rebellion etc. will not let God give His anointing!

Be obedient then ask God for His anointing

 

Joh 14:15  “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

Joh 14:16  “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;

Joh 14:17  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

 

Joh 14:15  As julle My liefhet, bewaar my gebooie.

Joh 14:16  En Ek sal die Vader bid, en Hy sal julle ‘n ander Trooster gee om by julle te bly tot in ewigheid:

Joh 14:17  die Gees van die waarheid wat die wêreld nie kan ontvang nie, omdat dit Hom nie sien en Hom nie ken nie; maar julle ken Hom, omdat Hy by julle bly en in julle sal wees.

 

If you love Me. Keep My commandments!

Fruit of love is to keep His Commandments.

Obedience to keep the Lord’s commandments will lead to “The Power”!

Recognition of the problem according to what is wrong should lead to repentance then you could expect reaction from God!

 

Ex 40

Moses builds the tabernacle!

Tabernacle image of Jesus, Church and of our lives.

When he had finished the work then the cloud came with the glory of God!

 

Exo 40:33  He erected the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the veil for the gateway of the court. Thus Moses finished the work.

Exo 40:34  Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

 

Exo 40:33  Hy het ook die voorhof opgerig, rondom die tabernakel en die altaar, en die bedekking vir die poort van die voorhof opgehang. So het Moses dan die werk voltooi.

Exo 40:34  Toe het die wolk die tent van samekoms oordek, en die heerlikheid van die HERE het die tabernakel vervul,

 

1 Kings 18 / 1 Konings 18

Elijah and the prophets of Baal!

Shout and rant and work themselves up in a trance! So is that the power?!

Interesting in the text is that there was no fire!

Elijah repairs the altar! (Prayer and Sacrifice; Cross) System, wood laid down in order! Get stuff in order and sorted out! Sort all out no chaos!

Sacrifice was always the substitute! Lay yourself on the altar!

How will it burn if it is wet?

No amount of water would prevent God to let His Fire fall!

Never allow a counterfeit experience so that you will prohibit God’s fire to fall!

He just asked God to send the Fire, no frantic manifestations!

The world take note of Paul, Peter and John!

Then when they saw the Fire of God they said “The Lord is God”


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