Becoming A Witness-Part 3

Posted By on Thursday, August 31, 2017

The “Baptism in the Holy Spirit” is given as the fulfillment of this prophetic promise in Ezekiel. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that “causes,” or empowers us to walk, and to continue walking in obedience to His statutes. The word “power” in Acts 1:8 has the same meaning as the word that is translated “cause” in Ezekiel 36:27. These are one and the same in their intent and purpose.

“But you will receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

The word “but” is a transitional word – from the old covenant, into the new. The Disciples had asked Jesus about the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel. He told them that it was not for them to know the time when this would take place, as there was something that first had to happen – “But you will receive power.”

The Greek word for power is “dunamis,” from which the words “dynamo” (ongoing energy) and “dynamite” (one big bang) are derived. The “power” in Acts 1:8 is far more than a onetime experience.

This “Baptism of Jesus into the Holy Spirit” (our being immersed) is an ongoing dynamo, which “causes” (empowers) us to both keep and do His judgments. Our “being a witness to Me” (Jesus) speaks of what we are, rather than what we do.

The Lord is going much deeper than saying that we will receive “power to serve.” Thus, we receive this enabling power so that we ourselves become the witness, or the expression of the life of Jesus (you shall be witnesses to Me) rather than just receiving power “to do witnessing.”