The Promise Of The Father (1:4-5) INTRODUCTION 1. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He gave His apostles instructions... a. Not to depart from Jerusalem - Ac 1:4 b. But to wait for the Promise of the Father - ibid. 2. The apostles had heard of this Promise before... a. From Jesus Himself - Ac 1:4; cf. Jn 14:16-17,26; 15:26; Jn 16:12-13 b. Related to their being baptized with the Holy Spirit within a few days - Ac 1:5 c. Of which John the Baptist spoke - Lk 3:15-16 [But even long before John and Jesus, God began making promises about the Spirit...] I. THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT A. THE PROPHECY OF JOEL... 1. The Spirit would be poured out on all flesh - Joel 2:28-29 2. Sons and daughters would prophesy, young and old men see visions, dream dreams 3. God's Spirit would be poured out on His menservants and maidservants B. THE PROPHECIES OF ISAIAH... 1. God would pour His Spirit on Israel's descendants, like water on dry ground - Isa 44:3 2. Another prophecy related to the promise of the Spirit - Isa 32:15-17 a. Found in a section with Messianic implications - cf. Isa 32:1 b. The result of this pouring of the Spirit: justice, righteousness, and peace - cf. Ro 14:17 C. THE PROPHECIES OF EZEKIEL... 1. One recorded in Eze 36:26-27 a. God promises to put His Spirit "within you" (an indwelling?) b. Who will cause (enable) one to walk in His statutes and keep His judgments 2. Another prophecy that might relate to the promise of the Spirit - Eze 39:29 a. A prophecy that looks beyond the captivity and restoration of Israel b. One that might not have been fulfilled until the coming of the Messiah D. THE PROPHECY OF ZECHARIAH... 1. The Spirit of grace and supplication to be poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem - Zec 12:10 2. Prompting people to look upon Jesus whom they have pierced, and mourn because of Him - cf. Ac 2:32-37 [Whether the prophecies of Ezekiel and Zechariah have reference to a promise that would be fulfilled in the age of the Messiah may be questionable, but certainly the prophecies of Joel and Isaiah demonstrate that God promised an "outpouring" of the Spirit in a special way. Let's now return to...] II. THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT A. THE PREACHING OF JOHN... 1. He spoke of One coming who would "baptize you with the Holy Spirit" - Mt 3:11; Mk 1:7-8; Lk 3:16; Jn 1:33 2. While he himself administered a baptism in water, there was One coming who would be the administrator of a baptism with the Holy Spirit 3. The promise was made to large crowds; its nature and full extent revealed in its fulfillment a. We know that it is somehow tied to the events of Pentecost in Ac 2:1-4 b. Because of Jesus' comments in Ac 1:4-5 B. THE TEACHING OF JESUS... 1. The Spirit would be given to those who ask the Heavenly Father - Lk 11:13 2. The Spirit would be given as "living water" to all those who thirst and come to Him in faith, and drink - Jn 7:37-39 a. Might this "living water" be "the gift of God" Jesus alluded to earlier? - cf. Jn 4:10-14 b. Note again the comparison of the Spirit to water in Isaiah's prophecy - Isa 44:3 3. To His apostles, Jesus promised the "Spirit of truth" who would... a. Be a Helper, and abide with them - Jn 14:16-17 b. Bring to their remembrance all things Jesus taught them - Jn 14:26 c. Bear witness of Christ, together with the apostles - Jn 15:26-27 d. Convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment - Jn 16:7-11 e. Guide the apostles unto all the truth, including things to come - Jn 16:12-13 f. Glorify Jesus, by taking of what is His and declaring it to them - Jn 16:14 4. Jesus told His apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they received the "Promise of the Father" - Lk 24:49; Ac 1:4-5 a. Which He clearly connects to the baptism of the Spirit spoken of by John b. In which the apostles would receive power, and be eyewitnesses - Ac 1:8 C. THE PREACHING OF PETER... 1. On Pentecost, Peter connects the Spirit's outpouring to Joel's prophecy - Ac 2:14-16 2. Then, in the course of his sermon, Peter... a. Speaks of the outpouring of the Spirit as a promise Jesus received from the Father - Ac 2:33; cf. Ac 1:4-5 b. Offers the gift of the Spirit to all who repent and are baptized - Ac 2:38 c. Says the promise is to them and others - Ac 2:39 1) What promise does Peter have in mind? 2) What promise would have come to mind to his hearers? 3) Would it not have been the promise he just alluded to? a) The promise received by Christ, and poured out by Christ - Ac 2:33 b) I.e., the Spirit which Jesus Himself promised to believers - Jn 7:37-39 c) Which Peter would later say was given to those who obey God - Ac 5:32 4) "That we are right in referring the word promise, in this sentence, to the promise of the Holy Spirit just made by Peter, is evident from the fact that this is the only promise made in the immediate context." - J. W. McGarvey 5) "For the promise... - Of pardon, and the gift of the Spirit." - B. W. Johnson 6) "Acts 2:39 shows that the gift of the Holy Spirit is to all, Jews and Gentiles, who accept that call of God." - David Lipscomb D. THE TEACHING OF PAUL... 1. Regarding those who have been saved - Tit 3:4-7 a. Have experienced a washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit b. Have benefited by the Spirit poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ 2. Regarding those who have been baptized - 1Co 12:13 a. Have been baptized by the Spirit into one body b. Have been made to drink into one Spirit 3. Regarding those in whom the Spirit dwells - Ro 8:9-13; Ep 3:16; 1Co 6:18-19 a. Their mortal bodies will be given life b. No longer debtors to live according to the flesh c. Are able to put to death the deeds of the body d. Are to flee immorality because their body is a temple of the Holy Spirit 4. Regarding those who have believed - Ga 3:14; Ep 1:13-14; 2Co 1:22; 5:5 a. Have received the promise of the Spirit through faith a. Have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise b. Have received the Spirit as a guarantee (deposit) of our inheritance 5. Regarding those walk after the Spirit - Ga 5:16-25 a. Will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, the works of the flesh b. Will produce the fruit of the Spirit, because they live in the Spirit CONCLUSION 1. In this lesson we have seen the following... a. Old Testament prophets promised a special dispensation of the Spirit to come 1) One that would include the manifestation of special gifts 2) One that would enable the people of God to keep His will b. John and Jesus promised a baptism of the Spirit, administered by Jesus c. Peter in his first gospel sermon... 1) Proclaimed this promise to be fulfilled with the outpouring of the Spirit - Ac 2:16,33 2) Offered the Spirit as a gift to all who obey the gospel - Ac 2:38-39 d. Paul in his epistles... 1) Wrote much about the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian 2) Referring to the Spirit as "the Holy Spirit of Promise" 2. In view of "The Promise Of The Father" related to the Holy Spirit... a. We should not be surprised to read more of the work of the Holy Spirit in Acts b. In both the life of the church and in the lives of Christians To what degree and in what way the Spirit continues to work today can be ascertained by a careful study of the New Testament (please see my series, "The Holy Spirit Of God"). Have you experienced the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, made possible because the Father kept His promise to pour out His Spirit abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior? Let Peter show you how... Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." - Ac 2:38-39
4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, "Which," [He said,] "you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."