The Power of the Resurrection
Jesus is alive! The reason that I know that He is alive is because He told His disciples,
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you....Because I live, you also will live. I am in My Father and you in Me and I in you." (John 14:18-20)
At the last supper Jesus was preparing His disciples for His going away. Of course they did not understand. But He said to them, "It is to your advantage that I go away; if I go away I will send to you the Helper (Holy Spirit). He will lead and guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and declare it you"(John 16:7-15).
Think about this? When did the disciples receive the Holy Spirit? Many say it was at Pentecost, but let's look again at the beautiful Word of God. "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, peace be with you,When he had said this, He showed them His hands and his side......"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, eve so I am sending you." And when He had said this He breathed on them and said,"Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of anyone they are forgiven: and if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld." (John 20:19-23)
The disciples first received the Holy Spirit before Pentecost They were born again but without power.
This question is still relevant today. Many are born again by faith, but were is the power? Why was it first given at Pentecost?
I would like to suggest that even though the Holy Spirit had been breathed into the disciples by Jesus, they were still powerless to be His witnesses of His RESURRECTION.
Jesus fulfilled His promise by releasing upon them the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. When this happened the seed of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had breathed into them was ignited. They were then anointed with power to proclaim the gospel with signs and wonders following.
Some people call it the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Whatever it is, it is the power given first to the early disciples to be continued from generation to generation to testify that Jesus is alive in the believer
Because He lives, we live also. The Holy Spirit is the grace or power of God given to us, that will transform us into the image and likeness of His Son.
Do you believe that the power of the Holy Spirit? If so, is He released to testify that Jesus is alive in you? Not only with the fruit of His Spirit, but with signs and wonders following?
Jesus said,"Truly, truly I say to you,whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do, and greater works than these will he do because I go to my Father."John 14:12
How can this be? We walk by faith and not by sight. God said it and I believe it.