Promise of the Father
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Last week we talked about the importance of understanding the Kingdom mindset
All Kingdoms have the following characteristics:
A A King and Lord-- a sovereign b. A Territory-- a domain c. A Constitution-- a royal covenant d. A Citizenry-- a community of subjects e. The Law-- acceptable principles f. Privileges-- rights and benefits g. A Code of Ethics-- acceptable lifestyles and conducts h. An Army-- security i. A Commonwealth-- economic security, and j. A Social Culture-- protocol and procedures
It is within the structure of the Kingdom of God that that the power of the Holy Spirit is displayed
Remember that the rule of the King is absolute and that all things are subject to Him! Since we are discussing legal issues, it is interesting to note here that the word “Commanded” isn’t the military one but rather the one relating to legal affairs!
It is the verb of a “directive from an authoritative source”
For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
Jesus invoked His “Legal authority” over the demon. He did not confront it by force!
Remember that moving in the power of the Holy Spirit is an issue of “legal” position not a match of superior power or might!
It is understand your legal position in Christ and His authority over this world
Jesus Himself exercised God’s authority
For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
When Jesus sent out the disciples He delegated his authority to the disciples, they experienced what it was to move in the power of the Holy Spirit for the Holy Spirit had not yet been released to dwell “in” men
But on the day of Pentecost, Jesus released His authority to His church
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
They were waiting for the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s power to come upon them. The experienced it, but now would possess it
“And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
In Isa we read that the land was a wasteland and dead until God would pour out His Spirit
People shall mourn upon their breasts For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city; Because the palaces will be forsaken, The bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks— Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Are you seeing the picture?
Our lives were a wasteland of sin until we were born again of the Spirit of God!
People shall mourn upon their breasts For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city; Because the palaces will be forsaken, The bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks— Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
Thus says the Lord who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.’ One will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’; Another will call himself by the name of Jacob; Another will write with his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ And name himself by the name of Israel.
While we immediately think about Jesus ministry and remember these verses:
I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
“These things I have spoken to you while being present 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 things that I said to you.
You see the promise of the Father wasn’t an invention of the pentecostal movement! It had been long prophesied and then found its fulfillment in Christ in us!
Paul to Timothy
That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
This is the gift of the Holy Spirt, the promise of Christ in you
the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Look at the result of the infilling of the Holy Spirit:
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
I could go on and encourage you to read through Acts this week and see the transformational power of the Holy Spirt to change lives
Next week we will look at the “gifts of the Holy Spirit” which are tools employed to confirm the Words of the Scripture and the M ministry of Christ through us!