16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, 'John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' Mankind, then, is given power, the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 is a promise from Jesus that you will not be left empty-handed when sharing the truth of Christ's love and sacrifice for sinners. K.J.V. Commentary on Acts 1:15-26 (Read Acts 1:15-26) The great thing the apostles were to attest to the world, was, Christ's resurrection; for that was the great proof of his being the Messiah, and the foundation of our hope in him. We know many things that they did not know. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. Compare all. Undoubtedly, He was searching for budding characteristics that He could build upon. In Acts 1:8, Luke was recording the promise of the gift of the HS by Christ to the disciples and to all believers in Christ that would take place after His ascension. ... Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Acts 1:8: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Matthew 15:24 John 17:16 Acts 2:2-11 1 Thessalonians 5:1 Revelation 5:1-4 Acts 1:7 : Acts 1:9 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Putting these together, God is a creating spirit of the greatest power. It is easy, sometimes, to be a witness for Him only a church or among our friends who are also Christians. He entered the Melchizedek priesthood at the age of 30...... Blasphemy of the Spirit was speaking against the Holy Spirit. When the Sun Sets: Jacob Meets God (Gen. 27:41-28:22), Jacob: When God Turns Darkness into Dawn (Expository Sermons On O.T. Jeremiah 32:17 reads that "God creates by His power," and John 4:24 says that "God is a spirit." By comparison, man in God's image creates destruction; almost everything man makes seems to produce negative results. 18 And when they heard this, they quieted down, and glorified God, saying, Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life," (Acts 11:15-18). The earliest possible date even for Mark appears to be around AD 40, but some place it as late as AD 65. Don't be scared of experiencing God. "And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, just as He did upon us at the beginning. He prepared them well to carry out their responsibilities. Do you need power when witnessing to unbelievers? This means trusting in the Bible’s witness to the person and work of Christ on the cross for our sin. A friend of mine who "used to be a Christian" once told me of the reasons he had lost faith in Christianity. Scholars posit that the gospel of Mark was written first, followed by Matthew, Luke, and John. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. I will in those days pour forth of My Spirit and they shall prophesy" (Acts 2:18). Manifestation of spiritual gifts as is evidenced in Acts. The resurrected Christ tells the apostles, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Mein Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”. In this section, Luke recalls Jesus’ direction to the apostles to wait for the gift of the holy spirit, that they would not know all of God’s timing, but with the spirit they had power and with that power they were to go out and witness. As in II Timothy 1:6-7, God's Spirit is linked with power—the effective capacity for God to work through a person. They were not ready yet—they did not even have the Holy Spirit yet! Jesus was transitioning His work from what was merely an Old Covenant, Israelite, religious organization—of interest to relatively few outside Israel—to an educational organization that in terms of time will span thousands of years and become of intense interest to everybody. Looking back in this way confirms that the early preaching of the gospel was a work of faith, highly dependent on the apostles' spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. Exodus 20:3, You shall have no other gods before Me. John W. Ritenbaugh Some might think that that was a small thing, a minor instance and shouldn't make or break Christianity. For you, it might by the county you live in. Why Hebrews Was Written (Part Four), This verse provides the underlying reason for the visible manifestations of power shown in Acts 2:1-6. We have a natural tendency to turn in every direction for help, to reach out to other people, to think up solutions, to grasp for the power to solve our problem, but the psalmist informs us that God is the source of salvation. His Family was about to make its greatest numerical advancement to that time. This terminology does not mean that the apostles had received no education at all. He wanted them to concentrate on the job at hand. Obedience: "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him," (Acts 5:32). Very few. God Gives Us More Holy Spirit as We Use It, God Gives Us More Holy Spirit as We Yield to Him, Holy Spirit Enables Outworking of God's Will, Spirit of God Enables Us to be a Witness for God, Spirit of God Enables Us to Think as God Thinks, Spirit of God Imparts Spiritual Knowledge. The Power that comes from God Himself. Darby Psalm 62:11 says, "Power belongs to God." Characters), The Net Pastor’s Journal, Eng Ed, Issue 37, Fall 2020, ABCs for Christian Growth, Laying the Foundation. also Acts 19:2; Eph. What power? MATT SLICK LIVE RADIOCall in with your questions at 877-207-22763-4pm PST; 4-5pm MST; 6-7pm ESTWatch on FacebookPast Shows Radio PodcastRadio Show SurveySubscribe to CARM Radio, CARM wishlistWant to help CARM in a different way? Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. As we seek God's direction and instruction, and are careful not to quench or grieve the Spirit of our holy God (Ephesians 4:30), His character image takes shape in us. God would give His Spirit, visibly manifesting His power in many, and simultaneously launching His church and the preaching of the gospel! The power that opened the eyes of the blind, and the hearts of unbelievers. 1 Pet. A huge motor home pulled up and the driver asked them what the problem was. Stan and I were talking about revival.... Jesus did His miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Him resides the power to save in a right and good way. We know that we are very close to the end. It has not happened in that manner since. This is the power that is promised to those who wait on God and to follow Him because it is of God, from God, for the redeemed.... it is. It was a good while before the disciples came to grips with the fact that the return of Jesus Christ would not occur in their lifetimes, a fact evident from what is written within the New Testament. Swap meet ministry and the movement of the Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 They decided to thumb a ride instead of risking a downhill run on a mountain road in the cold rain. Recently, he told me of the day he concluded that Christianity wasn't true. Young's In that act, God was giving the man a spirit. It may be helpful to remember that the earliest brethren in the church had to face their public responsibilities to Jesus without the help of what is now roughly one-third of the Bible—the New Testament. Was there a reference work similar to a Strong's Concordance of the Bible for somewhat more serious researching? And like us, they would have liked to have seen the Kingdom established right away. God gives a measure of His own remarkable Spirit to incline His children to think the same way as He thinks and to live as He lives.