The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.

#120 What A Fellowship!                                                                                September 6, 2015

The record of deliverance in Acts 16:16-18 is wonderful.

    Acts 16:16  And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit
    of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
    17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most
    high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
    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.

To have been delivered from the horror of devil spirit possession that day was unquestionably a wonderful moment in the life of this young girl. 

The quality and the fluency with which the Apostle Paul operated the manifestations of the new birth spirit as revealed in these verses is certainly remarkable. But the fellowship of those believers who were with Paul in this record is noteworthy too.

The “we” in verse 16 and the “us” in verse 17 certainly included Paul, Silas and Luke but might well have included Timothy, and other believers from Philippi too, as a careful reading of the context reveals. 

This young girl, “possessed with a spirit of divination” followed Paul and company “many days,” and as she followed them she cried, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.”

It’s interesting that God’s Word doesn’t reveal that Luke, Silas, Timothy or possibly others of the believers told Paul, after a day or two, that he needed to get busy and do something about this devilish situation.  That must have been a wonderful fellowship of believers. 

It’s worth noting that God’s Word doesn’t reveal that any one of those in the fellowship of the believers with Paul, listening to that devilishness day after day, put in their two cents’ opinion about what needed to be done ¾ what Paul should do ¾ what Paul should demand that God give him the authority to do.  What a wonderful fellowship of believers this was.

This wasn’t a fellowship like that spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:26.

    How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a  doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation,
    hath an interpretation…

The fellowship of the believers led by Paul in the record in Acts 16 is one of the great fellowships of believers in the book of Acts.  During the “many days” of the “we” and the “us” being followed by this poor young girl who greatly needed deliverance, no one got rattled, no one got spooked, nobody jumped the gun.

And then after “many days,” when Paul had the revelation from God to do so and not until then:

“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.” 

What a wonderful deliverance of that young girl this beautiful fellowship of believers witnessed that day.

                                                   © Stephen A. Harrison  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893