Peter was a man going with a sense of mandate and mission—taking a message and a ministry to everyone he encountered. In Lydda, invoking the name of Jesus, he brought healing to paralyzed Aeneas. In Joppa, he used the same name and power of Jesus to see Tabitha raised from the dead. As a result, many came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Revelation, impartation and demonstration were growing and flowing as Peter was going to those in need of the prayer of faith and the gospel of grace (Acts 9:32-43).
As Peter remained in Joppa, he received a deep and dynamic revelation that would open a door of opportunity to take the gospel to every nation. As he waited for the noon meal to be served, he fell into a trance and saw a dramatic vision that would transform his view of the possibilities and power of the gospel.
He saw a sheet descending from heaven with all manner of unclean animals, according to Jewish dietary laws. The voice of the Lord spoke to him commanding him to partake of that which he considered unclean. He refused citing the Old Testament law as his basis for not partaking. The Lord Jesus told him that what God had cleansed, he must not consider unclean or unacceptable to God.
The heavenly vision was concerning Gentiles to whom the gospel of grace through faith was to be preached with passion and power. Every people group in the world could now be reconciled to the Living God through the sacrifice of the Living Lord Jesus. Everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, could become partakers of the New Covenant in Christ’s blood to bless all nations. Peter’s perspective on and panorama of God’s heart to rescue, redeem and restore all people was infinitely expanded (Acts 10:9-23).
As with Peter, as you go, you will know. Peter’s revelation concerning the extent of God’s redemptive purposes increased as he went. People he didn’t think could be reached were, in fact, the very people God included in His plan of salvation in Jesus. He received heavenly revelation on the redemptive plans and purposes of God.
The same is true for us. All the divine knowledge and wisdom we need will be ours by the revelation of the word and the Spirit. When we go, Jesus will see to it that we will know what is needed to reach everyone we touch with the truth and tenacity of the gospel.
As with Peter, as you go, grace will grow. The impartation of God’s grace to grow as a minister and messenger of Christ’s mission was also increasing. Peter was being transformed from being a minister to a nation, to being a minister to the nations. What began on the Day of Pentecost continued to grow in him and through him as he continued to be a man going with God.
The same is true for us. As we go with God, we will see God’s divine enabling and empowering. As we keep moving on mission, we will see grace grow in impartation and increase.
As with Peter, as you go, power will flow. The more Peter goes, the more the power of the Holy Spirit flows: the lame are healed, the dead are raised, vision from heaven is received and transformational power is released. Revelation, impartation and demonstration become his ever-increasing inheritance as he lovingly and obediently moves in faith and focus.
The same is true for us. As we are people on the move, we will have power all the more. The resurrection power of Christ Jesus will flow in abundance to meet each and every need.
Remember: People who go with divine purpose know, grow and flow in being at the right place, at the right time, with the right people, doing the right things, for the glory of God and the good of man.