Summary: The outpouring of the Spirit is an outpouring of love over the believers who are then empowered.
Illustration of receiving power
I. Jesus promises his disciples that they will receive power (Acts 1:8)
a. They would receive this power when the Holy Spirit would fall on them
b. The question this morning is, what was that power?
c. I have thought a lot about that question
i. Is that power some ability to do something supernatural?
ii. What is a person like who works under the power of the Holy Spirit?
iii. What is it that God puts in a person when s/he is under the power of the Holy Spirit?
iv. Could it be that the Holy Spirit possesses a person and does whatever He wants without me having to do anything?
II. Spirit of Prophecy quote
a. “After the descent of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were so filled with love for Him and for those for whom He died, that hearts were melted by the words they spoke and the prayers they offered. They spoke in the power of the Spirit; and under the influence of that power, thousands were converted.” AA, 22.
a. Something happened after the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples
b. The disciples knew that the coming of the Holy Spirit meant something more than just power to preach the Word of God.
c. They knew that Jesus had arrived at the right hand of God and had received the Holy Spirit from the Father to give it to His disciples here on earth.
d. “Christ’s ascension to heaven was the signal that His followers were to receive the promised blessing. For this they were to wait before they entered upon their work. When Christ passed within the heavenly gates, He was enthroned amidst the adoration of the angels. As soon as this ceremony was completed, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in rich currents, and Christ was indeed glorified, even with the glory which He had with the Father from all eternity. The Pentecostal outpouring was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise He had sent the Holy Spirit from heaven to His followers as a token that He had, as priest and king, received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.” AA, p. 38, 39
e. the discples were completely sure that Jesus had been received in the heavenly courts and that He was at the right hand of God.
f. They knew that they had a brother right next to the Fahter and that Jesus was going to be interceding for them..
g. As they received the Holy Spirit they knew that the Father had accepted Jesus’ sacrifice here on earth on behalf of humanity and that now He was anointed as King and Priest of the Heavenly Sanctuary.
IV. So What!
a. The disciples knew that they were not alone. They knew that even though Jesus had to go to heaven they felt Him very near.
b. Jesus had told them that He would send them the Holy Spirit when He would get to heaven y He would ask the Father that He send them another Counselor.
c. When they received this other Counselor they had faith in the promises, that Jesus’ words were absolutely trustworthy, that He is next to the Father and as they prayed in the name of Jesus they knew that Jesus would take their prayers and would make them His own and present them before the Father.