It is all about God. God is God and God is great. It is not about me or my abilities. They count for nothing.
It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts. ~Corrie ten Boom
We have the power of the Holy Spirit in our life. It is a gift from Jesus. There is nothing we did for it. Jesus promised we would be baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of the power of God in our life. I am very, very thankful for power and help the Spirit of God gives me every day.
I remembered the word of the Master [Lord], how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Acts 11:16 (CSB)
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit—the pouring out of God’s Spirit to fill and indwell people—was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled at Pentecost. This event was predicted in the Old Testament: in Isaiah 44:3 God said to Israel, “I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”
The Holy Spirit is pictured as the “water of life” that saves and blesses a dying people. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted another prophecy as being fulfilled: “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. . . . And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Joel 2:28–29, 32).
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit ushered in a new era, the discipleship age. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was a rare gift that was only given to a few people, and usually for only short periods of time. When Saul was anointed king of Israel, the Holy Spirit came upon him, but when God removed His blessing on Saul, the Holy Spirit left him.
The Holy Spirit came for specific moments or seasons in the lives of Othniel, Gideon, and Samson as well, to enable them to do His will and serve Israel. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out on all believers in the Messiah, and He came to stay.
This marked a major change in the Holy Spirit’s work. This really good news for all believers.
- Acts 2:38–39 (CSB) —Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus the Messiah for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off, as many as the Master our God will call.”
- Acts 2:17 (CSB) —And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit on all people; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.
- Acts 5:32 (CSB) —We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
- Acts 10:45 (CSB) —The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
- Acts 11:17 (CSB) —If, then, God gave them the same gift that he also gave to us when we believed in the Master Jesus the Messiah, how could I possibly hinder God?”
- Acts 15:8 (CSB) —And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he also did to us.
- Romans 8:9 (CSB) —You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of the Messiah, he does not belong to him.
- Galatians 3:14 (CSB) —The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles by the Messiah Jesus, so that we could receive the promised Spirit through faith.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:8 (CSB) —Consequently, anyone who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
- Hebrews 2:4 (CSB) —At the same time, God also testified by signs and wonders, various miracles, and distributions of gifts from the Holy Spirit according to his will.