We’ve talked all week about what it takes to be ready to give an answer. That study wouldn’t be complete without considering the Holy Spirit’s role in preparing you to be a witness.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luk 24:45-49)
But 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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Act 1:8)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; (2Ti 1:7-8)
Go … later
Think about the experience of the disciples with Christ. He gave them the most important job in the world to do. Then He told them to wait. Before they began sharing the good news, they needed to be endued with power from on high. The promise of the Father, the Holy Sprit, would be given soon.
Power to Be Witnesses
Just before His return to heaven, Christ reminded His followers of their need for the Holy Spirit’s power. When they received the Holy Spirit, they would receive power to be witness for Him. influencing others to trust Christ as their Savior is a supernatural work and can only be accomplished with the Spirit’s help. The good news is that God is willing to give you the power you need.
Power, Love, A Sound Mind
It was not just the aposltes who were given the Holy Spirit. Every child of God is given the Holy Spirit at the moment of their salvation. And God’s Spirit wants to give you power to be a witness, too. He will give the the power, the love, the clarity of thought to share the good news.
Even if you’re saved, you are still commanded to be filled with the Spirit. Being filled is voluntary and repeated, as Paul made clear:
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Eph 5:18)
What About You?
- God’s Holy Spirit only lives in the heart of those who have trusted Christ as their Savior? Are you saved?
- Even after you are saved, you are still responsible to be Spirit-filled? Are you?