7th June 2014

The Promise of the Father

“Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.”
Acts 2:33 (NKJV) 

It fell first to Simon, the fisher of Galilee, to boldly cast wide the gospel net, at a bemused and unbelieving crowd. He drew them to the shore of faith by revealing the origin and nature of the Pentecost event.  They witnessed it, but were also about to become a part of it. 

Simon declared to this captive audience that the man Jesus, publicly condemned and executed before their very eyes only weeks before, was risen from the dead. He had ascended to the right hand of God and had received the promise of the Father which had now been poured out (Acts 2:33). 

All the pomp and pageantry of this world, that was once paraded before the Christ by the now defeated tempter in the wilderness of Judea, pales before the heavenly throng that gathers to greet the man who enters Heaven by his own authority. He presents himself, unafraid and unabashed, before the throne of God, to receive the promise of the Father, not for himself, who had the Spirit always, but for the benefit of those he had come to earth to save. 

This promise of the Father, spoken of in ages past by the prophets (Isaiah 32:15; 44:3; Joel 2:28) was revealed in the man Jesus, who spoke always in the Father’s name, as he prepared his disciples for the crisis of the cross and his imminent departure from them:  “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16-17).

Risen, glorified, ascended; this man Jesus, the virtue of whose life outshines the Heavenly realm, and the value of whose death outweighs all the treasures of Paradise, places both His life and death at the disposal of the sinner and the rebel.  This same Spirit can now be poured out from on high upon man, who for so long has grieved the Spirit of Truth, uniting men to God through the person of the risen Lord. “For the promise is to you,” the fisher of Galilee proclaims, “and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call”(Acts 2:39). 

Loving Lord, thank you so much for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who comforts us in all our afflictions, who brings us into loving communion with you, our Heavenly Father; who speaks to us constantly of our Saviour, Jesus, whose perfect life we now are able to share through the indwelling of the Spirit of Truth.

Study by Richard Dempsey


richarddempseyAbout the Author:
Richard Dempsey is an Elder in the Peterborough congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Peterborough
Farcet Village Hall
Main Street

Meeting time:
Saturday 2 pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Alan Quinn
Email: quinnsatfarcet@aol.com

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