As we looked at Acts 1:8 and 2:1-4 yesterday, we saw why Pentecost became the birth and launch of the church with just what it needed to fulfill the command Jesus left with His disciples. I will also add that it is all the church needs until our work is done and Jesus returns as He promised (John 16:22; Acts 1:11). Because this event is so critically important, let me make sure your answers agree with mine.
What is God’s “power” according to Acts 1:8? The power of the Holy Spirit.
When will his disciples receive this “power” according to Acts 1:8? When the Holy Spirit comes upon them.
What will his disciples become when they receive this “power” according to Acts 1:8? They will become His “witnesses”
(martyr, a witness for Jesus who dies because of that witness). Swanson, J. (1997). Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) #3459.
Where will his disciples be a “witness” according to Acts 1:8? “In Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”.
When was the promised Holy Spirit sent to His disciples according to Acts 2:1-4? When the disciples “were all together in one place” on the day of Pentecost.
Is this what we are experiencing today? A Chinese Christian leader, after visiting the USA was asked what impressed him most about the churches and ministries in US. He thought and replied, “I am amazed what they can do without the Holy Spirit.” What an indictment against the Western Church! Let us stop right here before proceeding any further and make sure we are not like the Laodicean Church, who thought they were rich and had no need of the Holy Spirit, not realizing they were “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked”. Turn now and read Revelation 3:14-22.
As you observe from Scripture, God provides a way back to the way of Christ and the apostles. Right now, He is standing at the door of our hearts begging and knocking for us to open. If we will open our heart’s door and invite Him in, He will come in and take over our lives by the Holy Spirit. Do you hear Him knocking today?
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