Blessing and Benefit of the Holy Ghost –
#2 – Empowered
Writing and providing these helps keep me focused in my study. If they do not seem to benefit the reading audience I’ll eventually narrow the sharing to a handful of close friends. The goal is not to give you an instant sermon but to provide concepts, tools and approaches you can use in your own study. C. Coon
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I. Jesus has been with his disciples – taught, they have observed him in action. His post-resurrection instruction to them.
A. Luke 24:49, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
1. Jesus was keenly aware that his disciples needed something more than “good teaching” or even having been in the very presence of God manifest in flesh.
2. The unempowered throughout the Bible-
a) Israel attempting to take the promised land after they had expressed their distrust;
b) Samson – mightily used of God and then a place in life where things brought a disconnect.
c) Those who tried to cast out demons in the name of Jesus.
3. Unfortunately, there is an inclination today toward a powerless Christianity.
a) Christian life without Holy Ghost – church life, social, community,
b) To be able to posture oneself as a good “church going” person.
c) How is it that Christianity, church life is so reserved? Book: Why Men Don’t Like Church. Answer – tameness . . . there is no ball over the fence moment; no touchdown dance; no knockout punch; no thrill of putting deal together, of getting a raise . . .hanging the antlers on the wall.
d) How is there a certain degree of indistinctness about some who participate in Christian life? As vulgar in their talk . . . as unprincipled in finance . . . as un-neighborly in their community, rude, crude . . . arrogant, gossiping, obnoxious people.
B. Jesus knew something more was needed – tarry . . . until.
II. Jesus was not done prompting his disciples in this . . . even after spending all this time with Him they still had questions about the establishing of the nation of Israel. Jesus told them not to worry about that . . .
A. Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, (“dunamis” which is translated here as “power.” We get our English word “dynamite” from that same Greek word… it has to do more with power in the sense of “ability.”) after (repeat) that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be(these three words are the emphasis of the sentence. God was and is interested in what “ye shall be” and He has a plan and process to get you there.) witnesses (martyr – the meaning of the word has changed to identify someone who gives their life for a cause . .. Earlier the word meant . . . one convinced of truth, and then living that truth in life. In essence: persecution did not make martyrs, persecution revealed those who were convinced of truth and living that truth in life. So what Jesus is promising: You shall receive the Holy Ghost and it will give you the ability to be convinced, committed and live truth in life and will do so by the power of the Holy Ghost)unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (the reference to the uttermost is not just a reference to location but to time . . . until the end of the age. So it is in respect to time as well as place. Place includes here. )
B. God has ever realized that while one can be friendly, kind, nice and greet you, attempt to make a decent impression – in reality within my smile and handshake I don’t have one thing in any of that to set a person free from drug addiction, alcohol, homosexuality or any other sin – oh, but the power of the Holy Ghost.Ye shall receive power . . ..Now the issue is on the table as is the promise – the disciples return to Jerusalem and tarry:
Acts 2:4, And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (They were allf illed, as they were all told to wait.)
What happened: causes a multitude to gather – Simon Peter gives explanation: Only days before this same Simon Peter had been so uncommitted as to deny having been a follower of Jesus. Now this Simon Peter – a much better Simon Peter than the one only 50 days before . . .
Acts 2:14-18 (KJV) 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all yethat dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is butthe third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: (goes on to talk about signs and wonders. If I could put it this way: these filled with the Holy Ghost are going to do things and be things that are not within themselves.)
C. The Holy Ghost would empower them to be what these listeners to be what they had not been . . . to do what they had not done . . . to be “stand-up” Christ followers as they could not otherwise have ever been.
III. Niagara Falls is quite an impressive sight. Millions of people visit to watch the water cascade hundreds of feet down the “in river” cliff. Quite a tourist industry has developed around Niagara Falls – The Maid of the Mist is a boat that takes people near the falls, there is a light show in the evenings as various colors of light are reflected from the falls.
A. But if you live in or anywhere near Niagara Falls, you quickly realize that in the long run what you appreciate most about the falls is all the power it generates.
B. One may take for granted the tourist attraction . . . but there is a daily participation with the power from the falls. It is the power people live by.
C. It is like you receiving the Holy Ghost – the tourist may come by to inquire about the initial evidence – speaking in tongues, but the focus is on the power it gives one to live life.
D. It is a vital need for each person in this room. You need the Holy Ghost. When the electricity is not available – but in this instance – the power is available. The source is there.!
IV. The Outpouring of the Holy Ghost:
A. To the unknowing – Explanation: “This is that,” “The Promises is to You and Your Children.”
B. To those who know but have experienced some sense of laxness. A disconnect from God’s spirit. Are not now empowered.
Acts 4:31 (KJV) And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.