|Acts 3:24-26 |
24 Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those after him, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.
25 You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed, [because you have obeyed my voice].'
26 God, raising up his servant, first sent him to you to bless you, by turning every one of you from your iniquities [sins]."3 [Peter is apparently referring to the Holy Spirit being poured out on all mankind, which occurred at Pentecost in the previous chapter. The first function of the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, is to prove the world wrong [reprove all men] concerning sin. John 16:8. Every man has his day of visitation from the Holy Spirit, when he hears the Lord's quiet and anonymous reproofs. Those, who do not believe Him, (his words of reproof), remain in condemnation. But if a man heeds His reproofs, the Lord pours his Spirit and words on him, Pro 20:23,33; teaching a man how to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; to then finally judge a man, gathering his wheat, (his works of love, energized and motivated by operational faith), into the barn and burning up the chaff (works of sin) with unquenchable fire — the Holy Spirit's baptism of death to the selfish spirit of Satan in a man.]
3 Notice, Jesus was "first sent him to you to bless you, by turning every one of you away from your iniquities [sins]." Turning from your sins is more than forgiveness, it is to be released from the desire to sin; it is the destruction of sin within a man — like the remission of cancer; Jesus preached repentance with remission of sins. When he destroys the sin in your heart, you are free from sin; and he then replaces your destroyed, sinful spirit with his Spirit, the anointing (Christ) by which you learn all things and know all things.
When a man hears the gentle, anonymous call to forsake his evil ways, if he repents, God gives him more of His spirit and hunger to seek Him. Those, who do not believe Him, (the Lord's words of reproof), and continue sinning until death, suffer a hard judgment; and the words that man heard and ignored will be remembered, which same words will judge him, John 12:47-48, to his great shame and sorrow. The light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5. For everyone who does evil deeds (sins) hates the light (so hates Christ, who is the light) and does not come to the light for fear his deeds will be exposed and reproved. John 3:20. If we heed His reproofs and seek His kingdom and His righteousness as our life's first priority, by doing the one thing needed, (to sit at his feet and listen to His spoken words, Luke 10:39-42 ), grace first teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, removing the sins from our heart, one at a time; this function of the Holy Spirit is named the Ministry of Condemnation.
You say you never heard your preacher speak of this ability to have Jesus sent to you to destroy sin in you, and so you could know all things? If your preacher were a true minister of Christ, Jesus would have taught or trained him, perfected him, authorized him, gifted him with the ministry, sent him to preach, and supplied him with all words to speak immediately before speaking; like Jesus told Paul: I am sending you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me. Acts 26:17-18. But your preacher has no clue on how to release a person from their sins, or how to become purified by faith. As Jesus said: Leave them alone and disregard them; they are blind guides and teachers. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a ditch. Matthew 15:14. What makes them blind? Jesus tells us that an unperfected disciple is blind, but when a disciple is perfected then he is like the master, able to remove a spec from your eye. Luke 6:39-42. Jesus said the false prophets in sheep's clothing would come. John said the antichrists and false apostles had come and had gone out from among them. Peter saw the false teachers had come. Paul saw the false apostles had come, and warned the brothers night and day for three years of more coming. And in Revelation, John saw where the whole world was to go after the false prophets and the false church, which occurred shortly afterwards.