This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Three: Transformed By His Divine Power of "Working The Works of God" By Dr. Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
Why Did They Have To Wait?
Why did Jesus command His disciples to wait to be endued with the power of the Holy Spirit before they could go out to witness? I believe there are many reasons. But certainly, Jesus knew that after He ascended into Heaven, the people of Israel, not to mention the world, would never believe the disciples’ message. He knew that in order to be better witnesses for the Kingdom of God, they would need God’s power to affirm the words they spoke of Him. Such power would produce the proof that Jesus is alive and well, that He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Many people knew Jesus from His childhood, growing up as the son of Joseph, the carpenter. They saw Him crucified. Many people, including the religious leaders, called Him a false teacher and a false prophet. After He left the earth, it was not, and has never been, an easy task of preaching the Gospel to nonbelievers. Some referred to Him as merely a man. Others called Him just a prophet. The majority believed that He was dead, not alive.
Because of this, Jesus asked His disciples to wait for what it was going to take, not only to persuade the people, but also to exhibit the power of God with miracles, signs and wonders accompanying their ministration of God’s Word.
The Bible says:
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
After the disciples received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, they staggered under the power of God that had filled them. Some said they were drunk, but Peter answered and said:
Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.’ (Acts 2:14-18)
He will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh – upon you! Once you have an encounter with the power of God, your life, work, lifestyle and ministry will change forever. This is not merely a matter of falling down in the spirit; it is more than feeling good for a minute or two in the presence of God. Neither is it solely an experience of talking in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives utterance.
This encounter I am talking about is the unlimited power of God transforming you into a new man, a whole different person. Once you have encountered God in such a way, your view of life is never the same again.
Let me give you an analogy of what I am talking about. Peter, during Jesus’ arrest, openly denied Him before numerous accusers. He was certain to have thought that he was a total failure—a loser. He had just denied his Master.
If we were onlookers in that day, it would be easy to believe that Peter could never be all that God had created him to be, because of his denial. We would say, “He failed the very first test! How could this man ever take the message of God’s love to the dying world? He denied the One who performed miracles in his presence. Certainly, he is dealing with some issues of self-condemnation and low self-esteem.”
Most of us would say that Peter needed to go through some intense therapy before he could get back all that he lost in those few devastating moments. But the truth is, all he needed was an experience with the power of God, because “with God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
After his experience with the power of God, he would never again be the old, denying Peter. He was a new man with new self-esteem, boldness and confidence in Christ. He delivered an anointed and powerful message, pricking the hearts of the hearers.
"Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:37-38)
In his first Gospel crusade, 3000 souls were won into the Kingdom of God. This, from a man who had fearfully denied Christ only about seven weeks earlier!
Beloved, ministry is a divine assignment, and it takes the unction of the Holy Spirit to perform it. What you need is not another theological degree. You don’t need a new theory, doctrine or message. Good theology could be advantageous, but it is not the answer to fulfilling God’s call on your life. What you need is power. Have an encounter with the power of God, and you will work the works of God, in the power and ability of God.
Next week we continue with Chapter Three: Transformed By His Divine Power - Part Three of Four.
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