Two Promises of the Spirit (2)
Luke 24:49 And behold, I send forth the promise of My Father upon you; but as for you, stay in the city until you put on power from on high
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses…unto the uttermost part of the earth.
(Part 2 of 3)
Forty days after the Lord’s resurrection, He promised the disciples again that they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. This promise of the Lord was fulfilled at Pentecost. In the Old Testament, the outpouring of the Spirit was the special privilege of a few, such as the priests, prophets, or judges. There might have been only one person in the whole nation of Israel who had this privilege. We find this kind of man appearing only once every few decades or centuries. Such events were rare. But in the New Testament, everyone can and should have this experience.
This promise is very unique; it is something that we can all receive. It is a special blessing from the Lord. What a joy that we can all have the Spirit upon us. Before His ascension, the Lord charged the disciples to remain in Jerusalem and wait for the promise. By that time the disciples already had the indwelling life. They heard the Lord’s word and were praying and waiting. Ten days later at Pentecost [fiftieth day], they were all filled with the Holy Sprit. Everyone who reads Acts 2 knows that this speaks of the Holy Spirit’s outward work upon man. It does not refer to the inward working of the Spirit. From John, Luke, and Acts, we see that there are two lines to the work of the Holy Spirit. One line is within man, and the other is outside of man.