The Holy Ghost played an important part on the day of Pentecost. We will be looking at Acts1 and 2 this week. Today we will look at Jesus promise and purpose for the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
1) Jesus promise of the baptism with the Holy Ghost (1:1-5)
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: 3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
2) Purpose of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (1: 8)
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The baptism with the Holy Ghost was for the purpose of evangelism, winning people to Jesus Christ. When the Holy Ghost came upon the believers they had a bold and powerful witness.
Since all of today’s believers receive the Holy Ghost at the time of salvation, we too have that opportunity to be a bold and powerful witness. The Great Commission is not complete. There are still souls who need to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Will we avail ourselves of the opportunity?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001