The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Luke writes a letter, which is the book of Acts to his friend Theophilus.  He shares several important things.  This letter is a follow up to his previous book, the Gospel of Luke which he shared with this same friend.

In the Gospel of Luke, he told his friend everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day He ascended to heaven after giving His disciples further instructions from the Holy Spirit.  He mentioned that Jesus appeared to the apostles several times after His crucifixion to prove to them that He was actually alive.  Not did He prove to them that He could be trusted for He promised them that He would rise on the third day but He talked to them about the Kingdom of God.  He told them that God would send them the Holy Spirit as He had promised.

When the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, are you going to free Israel now and restore our kingdom?”

“The Father sets those dates,” he replied, “and they are not for you to know. But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

It was not long after he said this that he was taken up into the sky while they were watching, and he disappeared into a cloud. As they were straining their eyes to see him, two white-robed men suddenly stood there among them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring at the sky? Jesus has been taken away from you into heaven. And someday, just as you saw him go, he will return!”

Here we learn three important things:

  1. There are things that only God knows and that we don’t need to know about.
  2. The Holy Spirit will come upon them and through Him they will receive the power, which will enable them to tell people about Jesus beginning in their own backyard and then everywhere else until the entire world knows about Him.
  3. Jesus will return to earth the same way He left, in the clouds.  His return will be visible and glorious just as His ascension.

Like the disciples we are to let the Holy Spirit empower us to spread the Gospel and teachings of Jesus Christ until every nation and people know about Him.  We don’t need to know everything all we need to do is trust an omnipotent God.  And we can look forward to seeing Jesus coming in the clouds with the angels to gather His people and take us home. 

Acts 1:1-11

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