Pentecost changed everything (Acts 2).
The disciples of Jesus Christ were powerless before
Pentecost. And then things changed. Jesus promised, “You will receive power
after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you” (Acts 1:8). That was His promise to
There is no need for the Christian to be powerless today.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was a climatic,
demonstrative, once-for-all experience in the upper room in Jerusalem. The
baptism of the Holy Spirit is the baptism of the believer into Christ by which
he becomes a member of the body of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote, “By one
Spirit are we all baptized into one body.” We “have all been made to drink into
one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). The “baptism” is not a special endowment of
power from the Holy Spirit for service. It is His work of placing the born again
person into the body of Christ. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit.
There is therefore no reason for us to spend one day
without the power of God. The early church is a demonstration of that power in
preaching and daily living. It is the normal Christian life. “One baptism; many
The early Christians stormed the citadels of hell and won.
But they could never have done it without the presence of the Holy Spirit within
them. They were under His control, guided by the Spirit, taught by the Spirit,
empowered by the Spirit, and illuminated by the Spirit. These early believers
were valiant, daring, dauntless, and undismayed in every situation.
What happened? Why the radical change in the lives of the
disciples? They were under the control of the Spirit of God and for that simple
reason they were filled to overflowing. His presence makes all the difference.
“And with great power the apostles were giving witness to
the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all” (Acts
If you are a born again believer in Jesus Christ you do not
have to pray and wait for the baptism of the Spirit. He has already baptized you
into the body of Christ. Yield yourself to Him. Make yourself available to Him
to do in and through you His eternal purposes.
We should be content with nothing less in the Christian
life. The government and religious leaders could not shut the disciples up. The
declared, “We cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
They were living bold witnesses of Jesus Christ.
“And when they had prayed, the place where they had
gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and
began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). “And with great power
the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and
abundant grace was upon them all” (v. 33).
There was no magic formula or methodology. They simply said
Lord here am I. They made themselves available to Him and obeyed His Word. They
needed the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and He gave it. Each believer is made a
witness of Jesus Christ. The infilling Holy Spirit instantly prepares all for
True New Testament preaching is proclamation of truth
through the personality in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is the
God-controlled man He uses. We don’t need dialogue and entertainment; we need
Christ preached in the power of the presence of the Spirit of God.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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