Ananias and Sapphira
In Acts 5:1-11 we see the story of Ananias and Sapphira, and when they lie to the Holy Spirit they died. We are going to see this sign happening all over the world, to lead many to Christ and to protect the Church.
Signs against the Holy Spirit are:
1. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. –(Matt. 1:31-32)
2. Lying against the Holy Spirit. –(Acts 5:1-11)
3. Trying to buy the gift. –(Acts 8:14-25: 9-13)
4. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. –(Eph. 4:30)
5. Do not quench the Spirit. –(1 Thess. 5:19)
6. Giving rest to My Spirit. –(Zech. 6:8)
7. Refusing to hear and refusing the Holy Spirit. –(Zech. 7:12)
8. Rebelled against and grieved the Holy Spirit. –(Isa. 63:10)
9. Seek council from other sources. –(Isa. 30:1)
Now let us understand the actions and story of Acts 5: 1-11 to better prepare us for this kind of sign that we will see around the world for the glory of God.
Understanding Ananias and Sapphira:
1. Lying to the Holy Spirit is a sin, first Ananias, and then Sapphira. An agreement to lie against the Holy Spirit, leading ones family into lying against the Holy Spirit brings judgment upon the whole household.
2. Ananias and Sapphira were trying to hinder the work of God by their actions, and their thinking in their hearts.
3. Ananias and Sapphira were trying to hinder the work of reconciliation between classes of society.
4. Ananias and Sapphira were using a form of power and control over the church.
5. Ananias and Sapphira were trying to gain control over the apostles
6. The judgment of Ananias and Sapphira was for the protection of the church.
7. Ananias and Sapphira were not Christians, this kind of judgment will only happen to those who don’t know Christ and those who try to stop or hinder the work of God, control the church, and lie to the Holy Spirit.
We see God’s judgment coming against a person who wanted to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit, in Acts 8: 9-25)
We see God’s judgment coming against a person trying to stop another from coming to know Christ. –(Acts 13:4-12)
We see God’s judgment coming upon a few trying to mock and walk in false deliverance, using Jesus name in vain. –(Acts 19:13-20)
We see God’s judgment coming upon Herod, when the people begin to say he was a god! –(Acts 12:20-24)
So we see God’s judgment not coming upon believers, instead unsaved people who are trying to hurt the Church. Let us fear God, and pray for His mercy!
Copyright © 2009 Elvis Iverson All Rights Reserved