Prior to Pentecost

Prior to Pentecost

 

Luke 24:49-53 (ESV) ~ And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

 

  • The believer was to be equipped for witnessing.
    • He was to receive the promise of the Father
    • He was to receive power, being clothed with power
  • The source of the spirit and power was God.
    • Christ was to send the promise
    • The promise was of the Father. God gave the promise
    • Believer had to tarry, that is, wait upon the Lord and pray for the promise.
    • The promise was to come from “on high”. God Himself was the Source of power for all evangelism.

 

 

John 14:25-26 (ESV) ~ These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

 

  • The Holy Spirit is the Teacher. He teaches “all things” which Jesus taught. “All things” means all the things which Jesus taught including the presence of the Comforter (Holy Spirit), who is given to help the believer through the trials of life, and the indwelling presence and love of the Father and Son.
  • However, a crucial point must be heeded. The Comforter comes only from the Father “in the name” of Jesus.
  • The purpose of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life is twofold.
    • To teach all things: both the words and the life of Christ, both the Truth and the Life, both the Word and how to live, both the theory and the practice, both the principles and the conduct, both the morality and the behavior.
    • To help remember: to help remember all that has been taught in the Word of God, to help especially in the moments of trial when the truth is needed. In a moment of trial the Holy Spirit either infuses the believer with the strength to endure or flashes across his mind the way to escape (cp. 1 Cor. 10:13).

 

 

John 16:7-11 (ESV) ~ Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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