Holy Ghost works in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles


General and Specific Instances of Prayer, Preaching, Miracles, Signs, and Wonders categorized.

  1. Prayer: Acts 1:14c,24c; 2:42c; 4:24-31c; 6:4,6c; 7:59,60; 8:15,17*; 9:5,6,10,11,40; 10:2,4,9,14; 12:5c,12c; 13:2,3cf; 14:20c*,23cf; 16:13c,25; 19:6*; 20:36c; 21c:5; 22:17-21; 27:35; 28:8 (Code: c = Communal; * = Intimated; f = with fasting).

  1. Gospel Preaching: Acts 2:14-40a; 3:12-26a; 4:8-12a; 5:29-32a,42; 6:4; 7:2-58a; 8:4,5,12,30,35-37; 9:20,29; 10:34-43a; 11:19,20; 13:16-41; 46-49; 14:1,3,7,14-17,21,25; 15:35; 16:14,31,32; 17:2,3,17,22-31a; 18:28; 19:8-10,20; 20:18-35a; 22:1-21; 24:10-21a,24,25; 26:2-23a; 27:21-25; 28:23,25-28a. (a = more complete text of a clear gospel message, versus brief testimony or mention of preaching).

  1. Record of Conversions, Baptisms:* Acts 2:41cb (3.000*); Acts 4:4 (5,000); Acts 5:14 (multitudes); Acts 8:12cb; 38cb; 9:17,18cb; 9:35cb (cf. 22:12-16; 26:12-18); 10:44, 47cb (cf. 11:18; 15:7-9); 13:12, 48; 14:1; 16:1, 15cb, 33cb; 17:34 18:8;; 19:2-6cb,17,18; 28:24. (c – conversion; b = baptism).

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Additional Supernatural Manifestations:

Sovereign Miracles by God – no human instrumentation outside of prayer:

  1. Acts 1:9, 10 - Christ's ascension into Heaven: “while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.”

  2. Acts 2:4a – Baptism with the Holy Ghost and Power: “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,”

  3. Acts 2:4b - Speaking in unknown tongues: “and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  4. Acts 4:31- Building shaken as disciples prayed: “when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

  5. Acts 5:19 – Angel opens prison doors to free apostles: “But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, 20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”

  6. Acts 7:55, 56 - Heavens are opened for Steven in an open vision to see Christ standing for him: “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

  7. Acts 8:26 – Angel of the Lord commands Phillip: “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.”

  8. Acts 8:29 – The Holy Spirit specifically directs Phillip: “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”

  9. Acts 8:39, 40 – Phillip transported: “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities,

  10. Acts 9:3-7 (cf. 22:4-16; 26:9-18) – Paul's blinded by the Light: “..suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”

  11. Acts 10:3-6 - Cornelius given angelic vision as he seeks God/salvation: “He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius...”

  12. Acts 10:44 – Cornelius and company sovereignly baptised with the Holy Spirit: “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.”

  13. Acts 12:5-11 - Peter freed from Herod's imprisonment by the angel of the Lord: “the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands...”

  14. Acts 12:23 - Herod judged by God : “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

  15. Acts 16:6-10 - “..And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us...”

  16. Acts 16:25 - Paul and Silas freed by earthquake: And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.

  17. Acts 18:9, 10 - “Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.

  18. Acts 26:17, 18 - Paul's relates an early vision” “..while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me.

  19. Acts 28:23, 24 – Paul's given assurance in a vision: “For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not,

  20. Acts 28:3-6 - Paul not harmed by venomous snake bite: “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand... 5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.


Signs and Wonders done by God through the hands of men: general and specific:

Acts 2:43 – Apostolic signs: “And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.”

Acts 5:12a - “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;

Romans 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, 19 Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

2 Cor. 12:12 Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

  1. Acts 2:46, 47 - Universal spiritual and communal unity under Christ (yes, that is a definite miracle): “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

Also Acts 5:12b, Universal spiritual and communal unity - “(and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.”

  1. Acts 3:6,7 - Lame man healed through Peter and John: “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”

  2. Acts 5:1-11 – Ananias and wife executed by God at Peters judgment: 3 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?.. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost:....”

  3. Acts 5:14-16 – All seekers healed: 16 “There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”

  4. Acts 6:6 - Impartation of power by the laying on of hands of apostles: “Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.”

  5. Acts 6:8 - Miracles by hands of deacon Stephen: “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.”

  6. Acts 8:6 – Phillip does signs.. “And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.”

  7. Acts 8:17 - The Holy Ghost received through the apostles: “Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.” Also Acts 19:6

  8. Acts 9:12 (cf. 22:9-13) – Sight and the Holy Spirit given through (“a certain disciple,” “a devout man”) Ananias: “And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.”

  9. Acts 9:33, 34 – Aeneas healed: And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.”

  10. Acts 9:40 – Tabitha raised from dead through Peter: “But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.”

  11. Acts 11:28 – Famine foretold via prophetic revelation: “And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius Caesar. 29 Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief

  12. Acts 13:6-12 – Bar-jesus the sorcerer judged by Paul: 11 “immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.”

  13. Acts 14:3 – Miracles through Paul and Barnabas amid much opposition: “Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.”

  14. Acts 16:16-18 – Spirit of Divination cast out: 18 “And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”

  15. Acts 19:11 – “And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:”

  16. Acts 20:9, 10 - Sleepy Eutychus raised from dead after falling out window during preaching 10 “And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

  17. Acts 21:10, 11 - Paul warned of trouble by prophetic revelation: “And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

  18. Acts 28:8, 9 – God-fearing pagan sick healed on island: “And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:”

    Totals:

20 different instances or mentions of one or more different Sovereign supernatural acts (6 visions, etc.) and miracles, and 20 of miracles through men (A total of 39 versus supernatural works/miracles by God)

    Other Minimum Totals

    (I am sure i have missed some):

13 instances or mentions of prayer, 38 of preaching - the latter in which the death of Christ is mentioned 9 times; His resurrection 15 times; repentance 9 times; judgment 14 times, forgiveness, and regeneration 12 times:

With a conservative total of (the mention of) conversions 17 times; including baptism 9 times, and with 22 instances of persecutions.

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Studying this i am convicted of how poor an example i am of the purity, power and passion of Christ, and of His early church, and must seek the faithful Lord daily for full sanctification and fulness of power. Please pray for me, and yourself and the church at large.

How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” (2Sam. 1:27).

Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel" (Ps. 78:41).

...I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Rev. 3:4, 5)

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Rev. 3:15 -19).

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?” (1 Cor. 4:19-21).

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (Ja. 4:4-10).

Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD” (Lam. 3:40).

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you” (Rev. 2:5, 6; Lam. 3:40; Hos. 10:12)

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2Cor. 7:1).

We then, as workers together with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor 6:1 KJV)

"O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good; for His mercy for ever” (Ps. 107:1)!

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