THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
“Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me”.
There was a very important agreement made, it was made long before time began. It was a solemn, eternal covenant made between the Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son. What were the conditions of this covenant and what was the promise that was made? The agreement was this, that the Son of God would become a human, He would be born of a virgin and become part of the human race, permanently. As the representative of man before the Father, He would offer His life as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. What would be the results of this arrangement? The Father would give the Holy Spirit to all that would believe on His Son. As a result, the Father gave an incredible promise to the Son, we call this the Promise of the Father. This would bring redeemed man into an incredible spiritual fellowship, a place of intimacy previously only enjoyed by the Father and the Son. Here is how Jonathan Edwards explained the Promise of the Father.
“The Holy Spirit, in his indwelling presence, his influences and fruits, is the sum of all grace, holiness, comfort, and joy; or, in one word, of all the spiritual good Christ purchased for men in this world: and is also the sum of all perfection, glory, and eternal joy, that he purchased for them in another world. The Holy Spirit is the subject matter of the promises, both of the eternal covenant of redemption, and also of the covenant of grace. Therefore the Holy Spirit is so often called the Spirit of promise, and emphatically, the promise, the promise of the Father,”
When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, this heavenly, eternal covenant began to be fulfilled. Today, people on every continent, from every ethnic group, every age and gender are experiencing the fruit of this covenant. The Holy Spirit is being poured out on all flesh. We are no longer orphans, we have been purchased by the blood of our Savior. The Holy Spirit is being poured out on all who believe. How about you? Have you received the Promise of the Father? He said in the last days He would pour out His Spirit on His Sons and His daughters. This promise is for you, this promise is for today.