“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)
What did God promise? God promised Abraham he would be the father of Israel. Abraham and Sarah gave birth to Isaac, Isaac and Rebekah gave birth to Jacob, and Jacob and Leah gave birth to the twelve tribes of Israel. But when Abraham was faithful to God and was willing to sacrifice his only son with Sarah, Isaac, God extended the promise. “…because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your seed all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (Genesis 22:16-18 emphasis mine). Apostle Paul tells us who the seed is. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He says not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to the seed, which is Christ.” (Galatians 3:16) “And if you be Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to Promise.” (Galatians 3:29)
So, the Promise is for us, too, because we are Christ’s. Before his death, Jesus extends the Promise again. “…And he (the Father) shall give you another Comforter, that may abide with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see him or know him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and shall be in you.” (John 14:16-17) Paul affirms that the blessing of the Holy Spirit in us is part of the original promise. “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:14) Jesus tells us in John 16:7 “…it is best for you that I go away, for if I don’t, the Comforter won’t come. If I do, he will—for I will send him to you.”
The Promise, an extension of the Promise God gave Abraham, is that God will send the Holy Spirit to live in us. This Promise is for us, our children, and all our descendants, and it is carried out after Jesus ascends into heaven. Apostle Peter tells us: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
Jesus charges His disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they have been clothed with power from on high, the Holy Spirit.
Father God, I thank You and praise You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. Through Him, my Perfect Priest, I can repent directly to you, and I will receive the Holy Spirit. Thank you for extending Your promise to me because I believe in Jesus, and to my children, and all of my descendants whom God will call. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.