"And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness." (Act 4:31)
Why did Jesus come to earth? He came to call us into God’s Kingdom—to receive salvation and a restored relationship with the Father through him by the Spirit.
He left us an amazing example of how to do the work of the Kingdom. After his water baptism and filling with the Holy Spirit, he preached the Kingdom with such effectiveness that he changed the world. He did astonishing works—supernatural signs and wonders and acts of mercy—and told us that it was all by the power of God.
This is what happened throughout the book of Acts. The believers had to be filled with the Holy Spirit to continue Jesus’ work of bringing the Kingdom to the world—supernaturally. They, too, preached with boldness, and did amazing works of power and mercy. They were recognized as ordinary people with no special training, yet they, too, rocked the world with the Gospel.
So it should be with us. How do we think we can continue the mandate of “making disciples of all nations”—the work of the Kingdom—without the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit? We can’t. Ours is a hurting and lost world that needs Jesus. The gift of the Holy Spirit was given for power to be his witnesses. So let’s seek his fresh filling every day to be bold in our witness and do the work of the Kingdom in our generation!
Bible study: John 5:19, Acts 1:8, Acts 4:13