TIlE HOLY SPIRIT AT PENI'ECOST & TIlE HOLY SPIRIT AND TIlE BODY OF CHRIST - By Robert E. Hanna
Following His resurrection from the grave, Jesus said to His apostles, "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" (Luke 24:49). And just before He ascended into heaven, He reiterated, "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" (Acts 1:8). True to the promise, on the day of Pentecost "They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4).
The work of the Holy Spirit was to descend upon the disciples, fill them [control them] and endue them with power, enabling them to perform miraculous acts. This all took place Jerusalem, involving Jews, in the program ofIsrael.
The above described activity does not relate to you and me. We live under the Dispensation of the Grace of God, under the Gospel of the Grace of God, according to the mystery which was revealed to and through the Apostle Paul. The Holy Spirit doesn't empower or control us; He indwells us. "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God?" (I Corinthians 6:19) ... "[the Holy Spirit] is the earnest [the guarantee] of our inheritance [eternal life in glory] until the redemption of the purchased possession [the rapture]" (Ephesians 1:14).
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