THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER

Acts 1:4,5 ¶ And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now’.

This is one of my favorite promises in the Bible. Actually, it is surrounded with great mystery. Jesus is giving us a glimpse into an arrangement between the Father and the Son that took place in what could be called eternity past. Before there was a universe, before there was even a thing known as time, the Father made a promise to His only Son. It went something like this, “If you become one of this race called humanity and redeem them from their fallen state, I will give you a remnant of that race to become fellow heirs with you. They will be given this same relationship with Me that You have enjoyed from eternity”. Today, we call this promise the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is the purchased prize of the Son of God at Calvary. That is the Father’s promise. This is the relationship that we enjoy today, the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Here are some comments from Jonathan Edwards on this very promise.
“Christ was made a curse for us that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The Holy Ghost is the sum of all the spiritual blessings which God hath promised. Therefore, ’tis called the Spirit of Promise. This is the great promise of the Father; review me, and behold I send the promise of the Father upon you. This promised thing Christ received; it was given into his hand as soon as he had finished the work of our redemption, to bestow on all that he had redeemed: Acts 2:33 Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, [he] hath shed {forth this, which ye now see and hear}.”
Today more than ever we need the fulfillment of this promise in our lives. The world is dark and unpredictable, the Holy Spirit becomes our strength and hiding place in this crooked and perverse generation. We don’t have to live our lives tormented by temptation and fear, the power of the Holy Spirit is available to us to help us live godly lives in this ungodly world.

One Reply to “THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER”

  1. Thank YOU, Lord for your precious Holy Spirit (my Comforter, my Peace, my Very Present Help in the times of trouble, my Friend who sticks closer than a brother, my Teacher, my Counselor)! Thank YOU, Lord for your presence, living in me!!!!! Oh, my God….Living IN ME…and for living in all those who have accepted Jesus Christ, as Savior and Lord! I am forever grateful! Thank YOU, Lord for keeping your Word! Thank YOU, Lord, for the keeping of your promise!!!!

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