Acts Chapter Two tells of how the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ received power from on high. They were supernaturally enabled to witness for Christ so the lost would be won over to Him and then taught to obey everything He had commanded. The end result was for Christ to be made known, loved, praised and made Lord of God’s chosen people. Oh, that we would see such happen again!

Everything proceeds from the Father, through the Son, and is accomplished in the Christian by the Holy Spirit. For the Lord Jesus Christ to fully abide within and rest upon the believer he must be filled with and anointed by the Holy Spirit. Or, as the Apostle Paul said, the believer must have continuous fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God, and the fellowship (communion) of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus explained how such would come about when He said, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor (Comforter) to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17).

Before His death, resurrection and ascension Jesus told those closest to him that He would send to them “Another”. The word “Another” is a transliteration of the Greek word, parakletos. Parakletos is usually translated “Counselor” or “Comforter” and always speaks of the Holy Spirit (in the New Testament).

The word parakletos means a Person who is called to be at one’s side and especially called to be one’s aid. This Person is one who pleads another’s cause before a judge. He is an advocate, and in the widest sense a helper, succorer, aider and assistant.1

When talking about the Holy Spirit, we would be right to say that He was sent to take the place of Christ Jesus. First, with the apostles (after His ascension to the Father), and second, to all who believe, the Holy Spirit has been sent to lead people to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth as well as to give them divine strength. He also enables people to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom.2

The fact that He is sent or given as “Another.” So, when Jesus used the word “Another” He is telling us that there is specific work which the Holy Spirit has been sent to do.

The name, Another, includes the masculine pronoun ekeinos meaning the Holy Spirit is Another of the Same Kind, Realm, Rank, Degree, Kindred and Purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Book of Acts contains the historical record the ministry of the Holy Spirit as the Comforter and Counselor. The form of the Holy Spirit’s activities begins quite dynamically. The description of His arrival on the Day of Pentecost was said by the Apostle Peter to be the fulfillment of the Prophet Joel’s prophecies.

Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues (or languages) as the Spirit enabled them. This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: Acts 2:2-4, 16

The Wind of the Spirit may have been in fulfillment to Ezekiel’s prayer, “Come, O Life breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live”4 or to the call to “Awake, north wind, and come, south wind! Blow on my garden.”5

The Holy Spirit (like the north wind) first clears away the mists of gloom, error, unbelief, and sin, which intercept the light of the Sun of righteousness.6 Then, like the south wind, He infuses spiritual warmth, causing the “spices” (i.e. graces) to “flow out” from on high, causing the desert to become a fertile field, and the fertile field to become like a forest.7

The form of the Spirit’s activities in second chapter of the Acts is chiefly compelling and energetic, that is, the miraculous endowment of disciples with power or wisdom for their work in extending the Messianic kingdom. It appears that the work of the Spirit within those believers, as the chief sanctifying agency, was not as fully developed as was later described with great fullness in the Apostle Paul’s writings.8

Acts 2 tells of the believers receiving power from on high enabling them to witness for Christ so the lost would be won over to Him and then taught to obey everything He had commanded. The end result was for Christ to be made known, loved, praised and made Lord of God’s chosen people. The power (dunamis) means more than strength or ability. It designates power in operation or in dynamic action. The power included the authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal the sick as the two essential signs accompanying the proclamation of the Kingdom of God.9

The release of the power of the Holy Spirit in and through the believer’s lives caused them to witness “with all boldness” (Acts 4:29), “with great power” (Acts 4:33), with “many signs, wonders and miracles” (Acts 2:43, 5:12-16, 6:8; 8:6-8), and with great results (Acts 4:4; 6:7; 8:8; 9:33-35; 11:21-24; 19:10-20).10

It is important to note both dimensions speak to the Holy Spirit’s reason for being sent. He was sent to help us to be as like Jesus. To demonstrate the good news by healing the sick, raising the dead and setting the captive free.

He also came as a friend committed to help us. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would empower us; He would lead and guide us in the true course for our lives, to comfort us in difficult situations, to intercede for us in prayer and to remain with us forever.11

(This  blog is from Robert’s new and dynamic book on the Holy Spirit)

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  1. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Entry 3875
  2. Ibid.
  3. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Entry 4385
  4. Ezekiel 37:9
  5. Song of Solomon 4:16
  6. Fausset’s Bible Dictionary Entry 1652
  7. Isaiah 32:15
  8. International Standard Bible Dictionary Entry 4385
  9. Donald Stamps Commentary, Life in the Spirit, Zondervan, 1992. Entry Acts 1:8 Note.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Donald Stamps Commentary, Life in the Spirit, Zondervan, 1992. Entry John 14:16 Note..

 

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