I am overjoyed about beginning our next journey together in our study of the book of Acts. As Luke began writing the book of acts he reminded his friend Theophilus of his first book (The Gospel of Luke) – “… In my first book I told you about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he ascended to heaven …” Acts 1:1-2a NLT.
The Gospels are merely accounts of what Jesus “began” to do and teach. The book of Acts tells us what Jesus “continued” to do and teach through the Apostles.
In today’s text we focus in on “The promise of the Father”
(Acts 1:4) the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (V:8).
There are 3 experiences one can have with the Holy Spirit.
- The “with” experience – This is a description of the Holy Spirit of God convicting an unbeliever of sin and drawing them to faith in Christ. (John 14:17 & 16:8) This is not a “one time” experience.
- The “in” experience – This is a description of every true born again believer. The Holy Spirit of God makes His permanent home in those who trust Christ for salvation. (John 20:22 & Eph 1:13)
- The “upon” experience – This “promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4) is when the Holy Spirit comes “upon” the believer in Christ to “fill” and empower that believer for ministry and service (Acts 1:8; 2:3-4; 11:15; 19:6) This is not a “one time” experience.
It was Jesus’ strategy that His disciples never leave Jerusalem and attempt to do ministry without the power of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:4) My prayer for you is that you have experienced or will experience all of these blessed experiences and that you move on to serve Christ in the power of God’s Spirit.