Acts 5:12-16 – The apostles performed many signs, wonders, and miracles among the people. And the believers were wonderfully united as they met regularly in the temple courts in the area known as Solomon’s Porch. No one dared harm them, for everyone held them in high regard.
Continually more and more people believed in the Lord and were added to their number—great crowds of both men and women. In fact, when people knew Peter was going to walk by, they carried the sick out to the streets and laid them down on cots and mats, knowing the incredible power emanating from him would overshadow them and heal them. Great numbers of people swarmed into Jerusalem from the nearby villages. They brought with them the sick and those troubled by demons—and everyone was healed!
Signs, wonders, and miracles were at the very heart of the success the early church had. They were not dependent on creeds and philosophies; their message was supported and confirmed by the power of signs and wonders. From the tongues of fire on the Day of Pentecost to the building trembling under the power of God at the prayer meeting in Acts 4; the fear of God was falling on the entire population. It seems as if there was an ever increasing intensity of power in Jerusalem until the streets were lined with the bodies of the sick and the afflicted in Acts 5. Even Peter’s shadow was carrying the anointing. Here are some thoughts from the Passion Notes from today’s passage.
“The Greek word translated “overshadow” is episkiazo, which is used exclusively for the power of the Almighty “overshadowing,” such as with Mary, who conceived a child supernaturally by God. It is also used for the cloud that overshadowed Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. This was not a natural shadow created by the light of the sun, but the supernatural overshadowing of God’s power coming upon the sick to bring healing.”
Our world today is generally skeptical when it comes to the power of God. Anyone with an anointing is accused of charlatanism, occultism, or just being plain wacky. I think a return to the supernatural church is imperative and possibly imminent. It won’t be for the faint of heart, persecution won’t be far behind. Just make a decision, are you satisfied with a powerless church or are you desperate for the power of God?