by R. R. Byrum
THEY HAD BELIEVED on Christ: “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me” (John 17:8). “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
They had been born again: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12, 13). [“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him” (I John 5:1).]
Their names were written in heaven, as were those of the Seventy: “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). They had been sent to preach the gospel: “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7).
They were not of the world: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” (John 15:19). “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:16).
They kept God’s word: “I have manifested thy name unto
the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou
gavest them me; and they have kept thy word” (John 17:6).
Neither was the experience of the apostles abnormal, for the disciples of Samaria also received the Holy Spirit subsequently to their conversion.
(R. R. Byrum, Christian Theology, Pages 468, 469)