The Effective Witness
There is a lot to complain about, evil is easy to encounter. True, it can upset me and grieve me to the point where I would just slap it if I could. But the battle will not be won by the strength of arm(s) or destructive words. The battle is won by the power of the Holy Spirit. Ever spend time thinking about what our Father promised would be given to us and what it would mean?
Lessons from Acts 1:1-10
After Christ’s resurrection He spent forty days with them and through the Holy Spirit gave commandments to the apostles. He spoke of things pertaining to THE KINGDOM of GOD. They heard THE WORD of GOD from God Himself, yet they were still not fully prepared to serve Him.
On Jesus’ last day with them He called the apostles together and commanded them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Father’s promise. They were to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. They wanted to know if this would be the time when the kingdom was restored to Israel. Jesus said it was not for them to know the times and dates the Father had determined, but that they would receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon them. They were to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. Then He left them by rising into the clouds. As they were staring up two men dressed in white garments appeared and told them Jesus would return the same way He departed.
Much can be gleaned from these few verses. By continuing to read Scripture we will discover the things Jesus commanded them to do, I am sure they obeyed, and we will learn about things pertaining to THE KINGDOM of GOD. We learned that the apostles expected Jesus to return God’s kingdom to Israel and that Jesus did not deny their expectations, but said that they would receive power before His return. And we have come to understand that knowledge alone is inadequate and only after being baptized with the Holy Spirit is man empowered to serve God as His witness.
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.”