The Holy Spirit (Part Four)

In Acts 1 Jesus has been with his disciples for about 40 days since His resurrection.  In verse 6 Scripture says, “So when they met together, they asked him, Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  They still didn’t get it.  In their mind it was still about a physical kingdom.  Even at this late date it was still about restoring the glory of Israel in a physical world.  In verse 7 Jesus answers them, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you:  and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  Jesus had previously told them “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For ten more days they wait in Jerusalem.  At the proper time the gift comes.  “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”  These men were filled with the Holy Spirit as the temple of old had been filled.  This filling had the same significance that filling the temple had so many years ago.  This indwelling of the Spirit  signified that these were God’s people.

The times surrounding Acts chapter two had to be exciting times.  Peter exclaims, “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people”  Peter continues the message of the Lord by preaching Jesus to the multitudes.  Peter brings the message to a climax by declaring, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this:  God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ!”  The people were moved by the preaching and begged, “Men and brethren what shall we do?”  Peter brings the answer and the climax of the message.  He tells them, “repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  Today we make the most important part of our spiritual journey heaven.  It seems in our minds that Peter ought to have made heaven the climax, but he didn’t.  The climax of Peter’s message was forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit.    Salvation means more than going to heaven when you die.  Salvation means heaven coming to earth in the form of the Holy Spirit as He dwells in us while we are still alive!

Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession to the praise of His Glory.  The Holy Spirit is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.  A deposit is a small amount of what is yet to be delivered.  What is to come is always a greater amount of the same thing.  That which is to come is heaven.    The gift of the Holy Spirit is a small measure of heaven being brought down to Christians here on earth in the form of God’s deposit and seal.  By the grace of God obedience to the Gospel allows Christians to be sanctified, cleansed and made whole.  We become proper temples for the Presence of God.  The gift of the Holy Spirit is just a small taste of the blessings that await us after our redemption.  Praise the name and power of God!  Praise Him not for what awaits us after death but praise His Name for the blessings He bestows on us here on earth through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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3 Responses to The Holy Spirit (Part Four)

  1. Judy says:

    I got a warm feeling reading this. I liked it.

  2. Thanks, I’m glad you did.

  3. Jan says:

    We have been taught for SO LONG that the Holy Spirit dwells in us only through the Word. It is so refreshing to know the Holy Spirit guides and helps us on our journey through life. That “peace that passeth understanding” comes from a close relationship with the Godhead.

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