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Devotional - week of July 31, 2011


WE WILL WITNESS

 

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.  Acts 1:8

 

This is not a command. It is a prophecy. Jesus knew that He would pour out the Holy Spirit into the lives of the believers and they would witness without being commanded to do so (Acts 2:33}.

 

Acts 2:4 says, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

 

This happened on the day of Pentecost when many from foreign nations were in Jerusalem. Because the Holy Spirit filled the 120 in the upper room, of a rushing mighty wind the multitudes were attracted to the 120 who began to witness to them in their own languages.

 

The Holy Spirit prompts believers to witness and gives them power to witness. In Luke 24:49 Jesus said to His disciples, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

 

In Mark 16:15, Jesus said to the apostles, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Matthew 28:19 records Jesus saying to them, “Go … and make disciples of all nations.”

 

However, the letters of the New Testament do not contain commands to witness to Jesus. Jesus says nothing to the seven churches of the Revelation about witnessing. 

 

The Book of Acts has no commands to witness. However, the entire Book of Acts relates stories of people witnessing. From the biblical perspective, witnessing is a matter of believers receiving the filling of the Holy Spirit by living out their union with Christ.