A Study of Acts 9:31

“Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.”
(Acts 9:31)

This condition the churches experienced at this particular time are much to be sought after and prayed for in our day as well. I’ve underlined three of these blessings.

They “were edified”, being built up. This signifies a spiritual building of their souls. It speaks of them growing in the faith and being strengthened for the service of God.

Do you seek that as well?

Don’t expect to get built up if you don’t put forth the effort. While it is God’s work, He also commands us to actively participate in “building up ourselves” (Jude 20).

They were “walking in the fear of the Lord”. This doesn’t speak of a slavish, bondage-inducing fear, but a deep reverence, awe and respect for God. The one who fears God takes Him and His word seriously. He is not cavalier about how he lives, because He greatly reverences the words of His Maker and Redeemer. How we all need more of this quality.

They were walking “in the comfort of the Holy Ghost”. Although it includes this, comfort does not just have the idea of “crying on His shoulder.” The word used here signifies the strong aid and help of the God the Holy Ghost.

Surely, this is one of our greatest daily needs…help from heaven!

As we seek to fulfill our heavenly calling in a decaying world, fight against our own carnal flesh, and endure through the road of suffering, we need the strong, capable help of the Holy Ghost.

The verse also mentions that the churches had rest from persecution and were being multiplied. People were being granted repentance and faith and were following the Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh, that that churches today could seek and obtain more of these great blessings in our time!

By Timothy Guess

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