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About Christ's Great Commission

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The Acts of the Apostles is a record of the impact and influence of Holy Spirit in the lives of the disciples and other believers who were witness to the events surrounding the life of Christ. Acts 1:8 is a key verse that is considered an outline for the rest of the book. It describes the empowerment of the disciples, their witness, and the spread of the gospel throughout the earth.

When Christ declared, “You will receive power," he was speaking about the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be sent to teach them all things and remind them of everything that Jesus told them (John 14:26), so that the gospel wouldn’t be merely words, but a message which comes in power directly from the Holy Spirit (1 Thess. 1:5). Thus, the Holy Spirit’s role was to bring into remembrance and to help them understand that which Jesus taught them. Moreover, the Holy Spirit was to indwell the disciples. In the Gospel of John, the Lord proclaims to his disciples that the Holy Spirit “abides with you and will be in you” (Jn. 14:17). These words provided comfort and assurance that the Holy Spirit would indwell them, and that they would not be alone. There is record of the Holy Spirit influencing and indwelling his people throughout the Old Testament. Pharaoh believed that Joseph had the Spirit of God in him because of the wisdom he possessed (Gen. 41:38). Likewise, the Bible records the Spirit of the Lord taking hold of the Judges of Israel. Men, such as Samson (Judg. 14:6) and Othniel (Judg. 3:10) were filled with the Holy Spirit and raised up to deliver Israel. The Lord was telling his disciples that he was about to impart the same Spirit upon them as he did on the heroes and prophets of old. ...

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...o out into the world to spread the gospel, we will never be alone in our commission. The Lord called us to be his witnesses and has given the assurance that we will always have the Holy Spirit to lead, empower and sustain us for service.

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