Acts 5:12 – At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all together in Solomon’s portico. But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem.

This verse shows the almost contradictory response of the people in Jerusalem to the evident power of God flowing through the apostles, everything from people lying about their giving bringing death to people being healed of diseases and delivered from demons by coming in contact with Peter’s shadow. That is a small part of the results of outpourings of the Spirit. Some are attracted but walk tentatively because of the influence of the fear of God and others want to get as far away from all of this as soon as possible. Here is how the Cornerstone Commentary describes this.

“The aura of God’s presence in and through the Spirit-filled apostles and community both repelled and attracted those outside. In the face of the miraculous preservation of the community’s integrity and transparent fellowship, some dared not join them, evidently unready to count the cost of authentic discipleship. Yet, “everyone” had “high regard for them”. Nevertheless, crowds of both men and women who believed “were brought to the Lord” —literally, “they were added to the Lord.” To join the church, Christ’s body, is to be added to the Lord.
The apostles’ ministry resulted in further attraction. The sick were brought to them, even laid in the streets to intercept them, as in Jesus’ early Galilean ministry. There was heightened expectation, the hope that at least the shadow of Spirit-filled Peter might fall on someone as he passed by.…..The result was complete: ‘They were all healed’”

I have seen both of these responses over the years. I have seen “good church members” run for the hills when the outpouring got too intense. They would say something like “this church has become too Pentecostal” or maybe “I feel like I am being pressured to change”. At the same time I have seen the least like likely hopelessly attracted to His outpoured love. People like pill pushers, street walkers, alcoholics, housewives or men and women from the business world. The question that is just hanging in the air, which category are you in? Do you love the extravagant outpouring of His love that can sometimes be unexplainable or do these things make you uncomfortable and you find yourself looking for a “safe place”? As for me, I say this world needs a double dose of extreme outpouring, nothing else can sort through the mess we have all created.


  1. “Safe place”
    Absolutely right, something is trying to change them and us
    When I’m content, I’m usually settling!

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