The Works of the Holy Spirit in Missions

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should depart from Jerusalem, but wait fro the promiseThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » of the FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », which, saith he, ye have hecathedraholyspiritard of me. For JohnThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » truly baptized with waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... »; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » together, they asked of him, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », wilt thou at this timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » restore again the kingdomThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » to IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... »? And he said unto them, it is not for you to knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the times or the reasons, which the Father hath put in his own powerThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». But ye shall receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnessesThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... » unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earthCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... »” (Acts 1:4-8).

Introduction

In verse 4 of chapter one of Acts, while the resurrected JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » was with His disciplesThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » and eating with them (see LukeGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » 24:42), He was telling precious wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » significant to His disciples in the fieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of missionsCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » and ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... »; but before we go to content of His messageDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » let us meticulously analyze the context of that event, so that we may have a concrete scenario of the event on the last say of Jesus before His ascensionJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... », and also the significance of the placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ».

Luke, the author of Acts, used “while staying with them” (RSV), or “being assembled together” (KJV) which mean “eating together” or “lodging together” since in GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » it is s (sunaulizomenos).

This Greek wordThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » might mean also “camping with them in the open.” Sunaulizomenos was a military term which meant ‘to bivouac” as what Jesus ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » had done during the week before crucifixionThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » (see Luke 21:37). Though this word study we may conclude that the resurrected Christ was talking with His disciples in the open space, and actually it was on the Mount of Olivet (or Olives) (1:12). Mount OlivesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » was 2, 700 ft or 830 meter hill overlooking Jesus and its templeJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » area from the East, across the Kidron Valley. In Jesus’ time it was planted with an olive treeThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » that’s why it was called Mount of Olives. When Jesus rode in triumphThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » into Jerusalem he came from the Mount of Olives. And in Acts 1:9, we could read that the Christ favored much the Mount of Olives.

It was there also that He would descend from heavenThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » as prophesied by ZechariahThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » (see: 14:4-5b): “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south……..the Lord my GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » shall come and all saints with thee.” In other words, the prophetIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » Zechariah foresaw Jesus ChristThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » on the Day of JudgmentThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », standing on the Mount of Olives, would split in two.

Wait for the Coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of the Holy SpiritMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... »

So while Jesus was eating with His disciples on the Mount of Olives, he imperatively told them the following: “You should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.”

This verse does not indicate that the disciples were already in the city of Jerusalem, but instead they were being commanded to go to Jerusalem and wait there for the coming of the Holy SpiritPay it Forward Now!. Read more ... » with power. It indicates also the Jesus was commanding His disciples to obey the will of the Lord and let promise of the Father be fulfilled through and for them.

Again Jesus said: “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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

I do believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that Jesus knew that it was and it is very difficult to be a witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that’s why He commanded His disciples to wait for the empowerment. The “power” which was promised to come is dunamisHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » (sin Greek. It is also a synonym of exousiaThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » (in MatthewThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » 28:18: “All power is given unto me in heaven and earth…..” Exousia means either conferred or derived authorityLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... », indicating the warrant or right to do something (Matthew 21This Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... »:23-27, RSV). Dunamis implies ability and strengthHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » (2 Corinthian 8:3; Ephesus 3:16) It may also mean a powerful act (Acts 2:220. Jesus was right, the apostles“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » became conviction to witness for Christ till the last drop of their blood. The coward PeterThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » became the bold preacher who converted 3, 000 people in just one preaching (Acts 2:14-41). Peter and John became powerful healers (Acts 3:1-8).

Empowered to Witness

The infilling of the Holy Spirit should not be seen as privilege of the Apostles, but instead it should be seen as responsibilityThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » to serve. The only privilege that a Christian has is that he or she is privileged to witness for Christ and pursue God’s missions.

ChristiansNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » should not imitate the Old TestamentThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » People of God, the IsraelitesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... ». Then, the Israelites covenanted with God to become kingdom of priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » and a holy nationJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » right after their liberation from the mighty hands“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » of the Egyptians (ExodusJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » 19:3-8). In other words, Israel was chosen or elected by God. And that election was for serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » and not a privilege to enjoy. If their service would cease, the election of Israel to serve other nations and in his wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » Israel’s election is not a privileged position but a servantThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » role.

Waldon Scott says, “Israel’s primary missionCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » (or rather, her primary assignment in God’s mission), was to be the people of God. As long as Israel remained true to her covenantYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » relationshipHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » with the Lord, obeying His voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » and keeping His commandmentsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », she would be blessedThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » by the Lord, and like a magnet, draw all peoples to him.”

As the Old Testament and the historyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » say, the Old Testament People of God did not continue to be like that since they failed to be the kingdom of priests and a holy nation. Thus, they did not pursue the mission of God through living in holiness and magnetizing the neighboring nations to draw peoples to God. In short the election ceased since the privilege to serve other peoples ceased. As a consequence of that, God disciplined them by dividing their nation into two: the Northern Kingdom (Israel, 10 tribes) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah, 2 tribes). Later on they were given to invaders, namely: AssyriaDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » and Babylon in 722 BC and 586 BC respectively. The people were deported to invaders’ nations and never returned (2 kingsThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » 17:1-23), except the remnants of Judah who returned after the 70 years of stay in Babylon.

I mentioned this because I want you to be conscious of what is ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » with empowerment. We should not boast it but instead we should be happy that we are privileged to serve God and all peoples with power coming from above.

The Power that Crosses BoundariesJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... »

Jesus Christ predicted the impact of the dunamis. He said “Ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” This phrase reveals that in missions, boundaries are not an obstacle, since the Holy Spirit would help us to crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » the “uncrossable” boundaries whether it be geographical, racial, occupational, congregational, denominational, etc. Indeed we can cross boundaries since we are bound to missions.

Conclusion

Christians want to do missions but sometimes they are afraid of or ashamed of. It is natural if they do not yet discover the power of the Holy Spirit in missions. When the Holy Spirit is with us in missions, He will strengthen us and he will help us to make possibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » the impossibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... ».

John WesleyWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... », after years as an earnest but only nominal Christian, including ministryLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » both in England and AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... », was wonderfully born againNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » with a clear assurance of salvationThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » on May 24, 1738, in Moravian service on Aldersgate street in London. After 10 years of struggle he had found peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ». Later in the years he began to long for a still deeper experience. On January 1, 1739, he, his brother Charles, George WhitefieldThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » and some 60 others were continuing in prayerPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... ». About 3 o’clock in the morning God poured out His Spirit on them in a mighty way in tremendous empowering, anointing, and infilling of the Holy Spirit. Many cried out fro exceeding joy, and many fell into the ground. That infilling made Wesley and his people to preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » the GospelDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » across the British Isles and in the American colonies. The Holy Spirit continued to manifest His power through John WesleyNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » until his deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » on March 2, 1791. Wesley left million of Methodists around the worldThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... ».

Do you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit like John Wesley and other Christians? But you may ask how are we going to be filled? I have some suggestions here:

  1. Make sure that you have faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » in Christ Jesus. In order to test613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » your faith in Christ, let me ask you some questions: Is Christ the Lord of your life? Do you do His will or your will? Do you feel happinessThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » in serving God? Are you eager in finishing His task given to you?

  2. Make sure that you desire a life in the Spirit. You will just do what Spirit wants you to do. Paul says, WalkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » in the Spirit,” meaning you will make the Spirit as your lifetime partner! Walang hiwalayan, walang iwanan!

  3. Ask God to empower you in prayer and/or by laying of hands of spirit-filled Christians. In Luke 11:9-10, 13, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you: seek and you will find; knock and the doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receivesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... »; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened…….if you then, though you are evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... », know how to giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » giftsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to your childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », how much more will your Father in heaven, give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (NIV).

Dwight L. Moody“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » had already been greatly used by God in ChicagoCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». Two humbleThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » MethodistWesley Divinity School is Remembered. Read more ... » womenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » prayer faithfully for him during his services. At the close of one Sunday service they told Moody, “We have been praying for you.” Moody asked them, “Why you have been praying for me?” The women answered him, “Because you need the power of the Spirit.” “I need power? Why?” he said in relating the incident afterwards, “I thought I had power, I had the largest congregation in Chicago and there were many conversions!”

Anyway, one day Moody asked the two ladiesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » to explain about the power and infilling of the Holy Spirit, and after a long discussion, they prayed together. When he was leaving, suddenly the power of God fell upon him as he walked on the street, and he had to hurry off to the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of a friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », and ask that he might have a room by himself, and in that room he stayed alone for hoursThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... », and the Holy Spirit came upon him filling his soul with such joy, that at last, he had to ask the Lord to withhold His hand, lest he die on the spot from very joy. He went out from that place with the power of the Holy Spirit upon him.

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