Calvary Apostolic Church

Georgetown, Kentucky

God’s Answer to Satan’s Spyware/Malware

Posted By on February 16, 2015

Luke 24:45-49 “Then he opened their minds, to understand the scriptures; 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written and is necessary[1] for Christ to suffer, and rise from the dead the third day, 47And repentance and remission of sins would be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending on you the promise of my father; but stay in the city of Jerusalem, until you are clothed with power from on high.” (LBW)

 

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power, when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (LBW)

 

The definition of malware is, “software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.” It is a sort of virus that is attached to the computer so that it can guide you to advertisements that you do not want to visit. It is really annoying and is to be avoided. Some computers have special applications to block the capture of your computer.

There is this phenomenon in real life. Because of man’s fall he needs protection from sin and temptation. You cannot do this on your own anymore than a computer can block this malicious software. The software was written to harm your computer; the same can be said with the temptations of this world.

First, man must get rid of previous sins. That is done through “repentance and remission of sins preached in his name (v-47) Acts 2:38 proclaims that remission of sins comes through baptism, thus, we baptize in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now that previous sins are gone, what can protect a man from committing further sins? There has to be a power that helps him overcome the world.

At first reading it seems most verses of the bible dealing with this subject is about the promise of the Holy Spirit coming; then the verses that state that the Spirit has come seem to conclude these thoughts. But the whole reason for the promise is rarely discussed. The reason for the Holy Spirit coming to you is not for you to be holier than others, or to feel goose-bumps. The reason for God’s Spirit coming to you is so you will receive power to overcome the temptation and sins of this world. “You will receive power, when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” That power is a witness to the world that God’s Spirit is powerful enough to keep you safe from the sins around you.

This “promise” is given to more than just eleven apostles. Luke does not explicitly limit the appearance of the risen Lord to the eleven. In v. 33 he speaks of a meeting of the eleven and those who kept company with them. To this small world are added the two Emmaus disciples (still from v. 33). If we go back to the previous incident, we see that the women who returned from the tomb are still with the apostles (vv. 9–11). Even if he is thinking primarily of the Eleven, Luke does not exclude anyone from the scene. This “promise of the Father” is for everyone. (See Acts 2:39)

Many times a Christian will forget just how powerful the Holy Spirit is for keeping them from sin. Some try to go it alone; they try to be holy without the Spirit of God. That cannot be done any more than a computer can protect itself from viruses without dedicated software to protect it. Get and keep the promise!

[1] “Necessary” is,  translated, “behoved” in the KJV. It actually means, “to be under necessity of happening, it is necessary, one must, one has to.” (BDAG 214)


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