The Promise Of The Father

Mark Office

Greetings In The Name Of The Lord:

Acts 1:4-5 (NLT)
4  Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5  John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

One of the reasons that I am excited about the new mini-series AD is that it dramatizes the Book of Acts. My late friend Dr. Stanley M. Horton once wrote that we could easily call the Book of Acts “The Acts of the Holy Spirit” rather than “The Acts of the Apostles.” Unfortunately we have lost our passion for and reliance on the Holy Spirit in the Church today. In many Christian circles the Holy Spirit is neglected, forgotten, or misunderstood. The One given to unite the body of Christ is the center of controversy…So often Christian work is so rigidly programmed that it seems we need no longer depend on Him–yet Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing.” … The late Dr. A. W. Tozer, author and pastor, said, “If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference” (The Holy Spirit: Missing, Alan Redpath in “Christian Life” magazine. Christianity Today, Vol. 29, no. 18). Jesus told his disciples “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. 5  John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Now if those who walked, talked, and ministered with Jesus needed the power of the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish their mission, how can we be so presumptuous as to think that we don’t? Remember what Peter said on the Day of Pentecost, “This promise is for you…”

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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