Pentcost:Clothed with PowerBy Rev. John Cortright on 05/19/2013
After the resurrection, Jesus was with his apostles for 40 days. During this time, he gave them commands and spoke about the Kingdom of God. Some of what Jesus communicated to his disciples during this time is recorded in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20 and 21.
Luke 24:49 – He told them that he would send the promise of the Father and that they would be clothed with power from on high.
Here he told them to wait for the promise of the Father. This is associated with being baptized with the holy spirit.
Clothed with power = the promise of the Father = baptized with the holy spirit
With the holy spirit they would receive power. This would enable them to be witnesses for Jesus.
A similar instruction was given in John 20:21-22. The holy spirit is how Jesus would send them into the world.
Acts 1:9-11 - The ascension
Acts 1:12-15; 26 – Matthias was added to the eleven.
Acts 2:1 – “They were all together in one place.” The 12 apostles originally received the holy spirit (verse 14). The location is most likely the temple; it was an hour of prayer (verse 15). It would have been appropriate to be in the temple at an hour of prayer (Acts 3:1).
Acts 2:2-4 Jesus had told them to wait. A violent rushing wind and tongues of fire signaled the outpouring of the holy spirit. And they began to speak in tongues.
Acts 2:5-6 Men from every nation under heaven heard the sound of speaking tongues.
Acts 2:11 When they were speaking in tongues, they were “speaking of the mighty deeds of God.”
Acts 2:12-16 A couple of months earlier, Peter was behind closed doors for fear. He denied that he even knew Jesus. After being filled with the holy spirit, Peter had boldness.
Acts 2:22-24 – Peter is bold!
Acts 2:36 -39 – He gave a call to repent. This promise is to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Acts 2:43; 3:1-9 - Now clothed with the holy spirit, the apostles went forth with signs, miracles, and wonders.
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