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Moved By The Holy Spirit
by Wayne Blank
And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him." (Matthew 4:18-22 RSV)
"His Divine Power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and Godliness"
As was the case with Jesus Christ Himself, the apostles were not religious leaders of their society; they were, for the most part, working-class men who did not have religious doctorates (e.g. "they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they wondered; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus," Acts 4:13 RSV) and yet the apostles went on to be great teachers, considering the Truth that they were given to teach. An example of Peter (see also Peter's Ministry), after he went from being a fisherman to a "fisher of men":
"Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord." (2 Peter 1:1-2 RSV)
How did he do it? Where did Peter get the understanding? The Holy Spirit i.e. "the Holy Spirit spoke from God" (see below).
"His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:3-4 RSV)
It wasn't just the apostles who were "moved by the Holy Spirit." It's the Holy Spirit that makes a true Christian (see the Fact Finder question below)
"For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love [see Growing In Grace]. For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
Fact Finder: Why is it that the Holy Spirit is vital?