Shaking and Boldness
As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. The house was shaking. Wow. And their boldness is undeniable.
If we give even a little time to salvation history, one way to look at it is to see our salvation as the gradual unfolding of the Trinity. Over time, God reveals who He is. We could consider the Old Testament as a revelation of God the Father. The Incarnation is the revelation of God the Son. And during the Easter season, up until Pentecost, the revelation of the Spirit. The revelation of the fullness of the Trinity.
Of course, this is a false distinction. The Father cannot act without the Spirit and the Son. The Son cannot act without the Spirit and the Father. And the Spirit cannot act without the Son the Father. But thinking about salvation as the gradual unfolding of the revelation of the fullness of the Holy Trinity, we can begin to understand perhaps how it is that the apostles changed, and by extension about how we too can change.
The become people of boldness. Even in the face of hardship and persecution they can remain grateful for all that God has done for them. They realize that now that they have a greater understanding of God, they can become fearless in the proclamation of the gospel.
In what ways do you experience God in your life? Can you bring God and his loving message into your heart and the hearts of others? Can you identify how God is active and alive in your life? How is it that the Holy Spirit is shaking your heart and making you a disciple of boldness?
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