The promise of the FatherI’d like to talk with you today about a very important person, the person of God, the Holy Spirit. He’s the third person of the Godhead, and His power is a vital part of the victorious life we all desire as believers.
The Holy Spirit is not merely a presence. His presence is evidence of His person.
He is many things to us. In John 16:13 He is referred to as the voice of God to us when John says, He will not speak of Himself, but whatever He hears He will speak.
Jesus recognized Him as a mentor when He said the Holy Spirit will teach you all things.
Timothy 1:14 says the Holy Spirit helps you keep and protect any good thing God has given you.
Peter said the Holy Spirit is the one who moved holy men of God to speak, so when you read the Bible, you’re reading words the Holy Spirit breathed through men.
When Jesus left earth to return to Heaven, He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of His Father. The promise Jesus was talking about was the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Hundreds of years earlier through the prophet Joel God promised,
The day is coming when I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
The Bible describes in Acts chapter 1 how 120 believers gathered together in prayer in Jerusalem, waiting as Jesus had commanded them for this promise of the Father.
As they were prayerfully gathered together, suddenly the promise came. Acts 2:1-18 describes it this way. (Pick up Bible and read the scripture.)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!"
Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, "What does this mean?" Some, however, made fun of them and said, "They have had too much wine."
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It's only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
"'In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.’”
This was Peter’s first sermon after Jesus had left to return to His Father. He went on in this sermon to share about Jesus and how God had raised Him from the dead.
In the days to come, I’ll be sharing more about being empowered by the Spirit and how essential the presence of the Holy Spirit is in your life. When you’ve been filled with the Holy Spirit, you’ll overflow with joy and peace you never knew was possible!
God bless you.
If you long to live victoriously, overflowing with peace and joy, join David Cerullo as he explains the Holy Spirit’s vital role in transforming lives. You’ll learn how to be filled with the Spirit’s power and why that’s so important in today’s world. This 15-day series unravels the mysterious third person of the Godhead, and digs deep into the difference between being saved by Jesus and being baptized in the Holy Spirit.