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The Promise of the Holy Spirit

    Series: Acts

    Speaker: Jeremiah Greever


    The Promise of the Holy Spirit:

    The Call to Evangelism

    Acts 1:3-8


    1. Proof of Christ’s Victory Over Death v. 3
      1. Christ Alive
        1. In the first two verses, Luke is saying that he purposefully focused solely on Jesus’ ministry in the Gospel of Luke.
        2. The reason that Luke is describing in further detail Jesus’ last conversations in Acts (instead of just in the Gospel of Luke) is because these last words of Christ transferred the power (or the keys) of the kingdom to this first church. (In Matthew 16:19, Jesus describes that He will eventually give the “keys to the kingdom” to Peter, a direct reference to the coming church).
    • Who is the “they” of verse 3?
      1. Jesus had chosen disciples while he ministered on this earth, and after His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus proved victory over death.
    1. Undoubtedly, Luke is referring to the resurrection here in verse 3.
      1. His suffering” – a clear and discernable proof that Jesus was a real man, went through excruciating pain, and indeed suffered in you place and mine.
    2. Proofs of Christ’s Victory Over Death
      1. Jesus, upon His resurrection, gave many proofs to His followers that He was indeed resurrected.
      2. And the reason that Luke doesn’t go into great specifics of Jesus’ specific appearances is because he has already done so in the Gospel of Luke.
    • Once again, further proof that if Jesus had not resurrected and if He were still in the grave, then why would Luke be so bold as to clearly define Jesus’ time of 40 days after the resurrection?
    1. Jesus knew that He would soon leave this physical earth, and was thus further instilling in the minds and hearts of His disciples that their sole purpose must be to bring glory, honor, and majesty to the kingdom of God.
    1. Promise of the Spirit vv. 4-5
      1. Father’s Promise v. 4
        1. So, as Jesus taught on the kingdom of God, He specifically instructs the disciples to obey Him by staying in Jerusalem.
        2. We clearly see God’s Sovereignty displayed here. God obviously has plans for the Gospel to be preached and proclaimed to all ends of the earth, but His sovereignty means that the disciples are called to wait on God’s plan and timing.
      2. Promise of Baptism in Holy Spirit v. 5
        1. In His earthly ministry, Jesus had promised that the Father would give them all that they needed.
          1. Luke 24:49, “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
          2. Luke is clearly connecting, once again, the end of the Gospel of Luke to Acts 1, by connecting Jesus’ promise of a future gift from God the Father.
        2. Jesus continues in verse 5 to state what He had said earlier as documented in Luke 20:4-8, that John the Baptist’s baptism was solely of water.
    • John the Baptist could only baptize with water, but what the disciples will soon be given, the Holy Spirit, will be the most powerful thing they could be given.
      1. Instead of a baptism that is referring to repentance (as John the Baptist was doing), Jesus is saying that in the future (before many days) the Holy Spirit will come.
      2. With vs. In
      3. In the same way that a water baptism completely engulfs you upon entering the water, so too does the Holy Spirit completely engulf you upon salvation.
        1. John the Baptist himself proclaimed in Matthew 3:11, “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
      4. (Pentecost, Luke 2:4, filled with the Holy Spirit)


    1. The Great Commission of Acts vv. 6-8
      1. Disciples Continued Misunderstanding v. 6
        1. The disciples are still operating, even after everything that they have experienced and witnessed, with the assumption that Jesus will restore Israel to power.
          1. The disciples were operating under previous biblical assertions.
            1. Luke 1:32-33 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
            2. Luke 2:38, when Anna the prophetess was described as, “At that moment, she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
            3. Joel 2:28-32, “It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. “Even on the male and female servants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days. “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke. “The sun will be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. “And it will come about that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be delivered; For on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape, As the Lord has said, Even among the survivors whom the Lord calls.”
          2. God’s Sovereignty and Timing v. 7
            1. Jesus’ answer would have undoubtedly surprised the disciples. Jesus affirms this idea of God’s Sovereignty.
            2. God didn’t intend for mankind to know when these end times would occur.
              1. Jesus plainly states that God has determined, or fixed, the timing of Christ’s return and the end of the world.
              2. This only happens due to God’s own authority.
              3. And we as humans need to understand that God is greater, higher, and superior to us in every conceivable way!
              4. (Matthew 24:36, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.”)
            3. Power of Evangelism v. 8
              1. What the disciples needed to focus on was not the end of the world, but rather on following Christ in obedience.
              2. Luke gives the last recorded words of Jesus before He ascended into heaven as we will see next week.
                1. The Holy Spirit coming will be a powerful event.
                  1. Luke 2:2-3.
                  2. But the real power is not in just how the Holy Spirit came, but also in what Christ’s followers would now be able to do.
    • The final directive is very similar to what we see in Matthew 28:19-20, commonly referred as the Great Commission.
    1. In Luke’s version of the Great Commission, he omits the specifics that Matthew uses – references to baptism, discipleship, and teaching. Instead, Luke uses this word, “witness”. The disciples are called to be Christ’s witnesses, and Luke (unlike Matthew) specifically describes where they are called to be Christ’s witnesses – “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the remotest parts of the earth”.
    2. A few observations on Christ’s Commission:
      1. Witnesses – A particular and specific manner of life.
      2. To All Places – Starting with home, and then moving and going out from our comfort zones.
    3. Application
      1. First, Christian, we need to remember as we live our lives for the Lord that the Jesus really is risen! Christ is our hope, and why we are called to lives of obedience.
      2. Secondly, in the same way that power was given to the disciples with the coming of the Holy Spirit, so too has power been given to us. We can now share the Gospel boldly, and now say “no” to temptation!
    • Finally, faithfully reach those who are lost in their sin.

    Tags: acts, father, great commission, greever, holy spirit, jeremiah, john the baptist, power, promise

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