|Acts 1:14 |
14 These all waited continually4 with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
4 These all waited continually with one accord in prayer and supplication, Rather than "waited continually," this verse is typically translated to be "continued together," yet the Greek for this verse has no "together" for the word proskarterountev (4342); and it can be accurately translated as wait on continuously or assiduously (persistently), exactly what Paul described in Hebrews 9:28 as the key to salvation:
to those who persistently and patiently wait for him he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation. Heb 9:28
By the time the Bible was translated, the concept of waiting on God had been lost in Christianity, yet the Old Testament is full of references to waiting on God, and the New Testament's many references to waiting was lost in meaning with most verses interpreted or explained to mean a generalized hope, expectation, or passing of time while waiting on Jesus to physically return to the earth; when waiting on God is to persistently and patiently sit in humble silence, listen for his voice and words, watch for his revelations, hear his commands, and then obey Him. This is the key to spiritual growth: to wait on God, listen, and watch; this is part of the cross. This is how to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words, which Jesus told us was the "good part, the only one thing needed, which shall not be taken away:"
And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard his word.
"There is only one thing needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:39,42
We hear his word from within our hearts. Rom 10:8,17. The words he speaks to us are spirit and life-giving. John 6:63
The life that is given is the life of God, which is more of Jesus who is the life. Each spoken word by Jesus that we hear gives us more of the life of God. Each word we hear purifies us a little more. Each word we hear makes us stronger to resist temptation. Each word we hear draws us closer to salvation, as we endure to the end to see Jesus bring our salvation and eternal life.
The one thing needed is to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to his words, the words he speaks to us from within our hearts that are spirit and life. We too must sit silently and wait on the Lord, to listen, to hear, and obey.
Notice also: what she hears will not be taken away from her. Those teachings will survive passing through the fire that everyone must endure.
All your holy ones are in your power. And they sit at your feet, each receiving your words. Deu 33:3
To wait on God, listen, watch, and obey is the cross, which is the way to purity and salvation, the deliverance from all sin. With deliverance comes power.
Some might say, "but the disciples were baptized with fire by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, not by Jesus coming." However, who is it that baptizes with fire?—as John the Baptist said: "I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire;" Mat 3:11. When you are baptized with fire by the Holy Spirit into the baptism of death, you will see Jesus doing the work as He comes to slay the selfish, Satanic spirit within you by Spirit of His mouth and the brightness of His coming, and as He crushes the head of Satan under your feet. (Notice! The fact that He crushes the head of Satan under your feet, proves that His coming is a personal experience.)
Christendom's waiting is to wait on God to answer their prayers, or waiting is singing about Jesus coming, hoping for war in the Middle East that might signal his soon return, speculating on how the mark of the beast will be forced on everyone, speculating on who is the antichrist, etc. For many centuries Christendom has missed Jesus, waiting to reveal himself in every man who heeds and obeys Him, just like the Jews missed Jesus because they were looking for a physical king to come and rule. The New Testament is full of references to the second appearance of Jesus being then, not thousands of years later. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus is recorded saying that some then standing with him, 2000 years ago, would see his glorious coming in the clouds with the Kingdom before they died. Later Paul, Jesus in Revelation, Peter, James, and John, — all said, soon, the time is near, a little while, he stands at the door. Christendom blithely ignores this gaping incongruity between what the Bible plainly states vs. what they are taught by their blind guides. It would be a cruel hoax to be waiting on Him to appear if the past 100 generations of believers actually had no hope of ever seeing Him.
Peter even tells us that we can hasten the day of Christ: While waiting for and hastening the day of Christ. 2 Pet 3:12. The fact that we can hasten the day of Christ, proves that His coming is a personal experience; and we hasten His coming by spending as much time as possible waiting on God.