Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you—Acts 1:8
This is a powerful promise given to us by The Lord Jesus just before His ascension into heaven. The word He used that is translated power is dunamis. There are two distinct shades of meaning in this powerful word. First, very nature of this word implies supernatural power. This is more than just human or physical power, this is the very power of God that flows from the person of the Holy Spirit. The second implication in dunamis is enabling. The Lord promised to give us divine enabling for the tasks we are called to. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is therefore a supernatural enabling to fulfill the purposes and calling of God. He gives us the divine ability and power to perform His will. Here are some powerful insights by A. B. Simpson on this verse.
“There is power for us if we have the Holy Spirit. God wants us to speak to men so that they will feel it, so that they will never forget it. God means every Christian to be effective, to make a difference in the actual records and results of Christian work. God put each of us here to be a power. There is not one of us but is an essential wheel of the machinery and can accomplish all that God calls us to. There is not a thing that God expects of a person but that God will give him or her the power to do. There is not a command God gives to His children for which He does not provide the enablement for obedience. When Christ Jesus lived and died and sent down the Holy Spirit, He sent resources for all our needs, and there is no place for failure in the Christian life if we will take God’s resources. Jesus, the ascended One, and the Holy Spirit, the indwelling energy, life and efficiency of God are sufficient for all possible emergencies. Do you believe this? if you believe it, let Him into your heart, without reserve, and allow Him to control you and work through you today by His power.”
Augustine had a powerful saying that this verse brings to mind. “Lord, command what you will, but give what you command”. Augustine’s understood the futility of trying to fulfill the will of God with our human talents or will power. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to live a Christian life and lifestyle without supernatural power. Thank The Lord for the power of Pentecost today, we continue to receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. He not only gives us direction for His purpose in our lives, He clothes us with power and ability to accomplish His purpose through the power of the Spirit.