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What a Difference a Day Makes (3 of 11)
Series: Adventures in Spirit-living
Several years ago, early in my Christian experience, I read several statements which literally transformed my understanding of the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit in my life as an individual Christian. The statements went like this: The average Christian is bogged down somewhere between Calvary and Pentecost. Christians have been to Calvary for pardon but they have not been to Pentecost for power. The statement continues: Bethlehem means God with us; Calvary means God for us; but Pentecost means God in us. Those statements transformed my understanding of the person and the work of the Holy Spirit. I believe that the average Christian is much like the Ephesians believers when the Apostle Paul came to them in Acts 19:2 and said to them - did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? They replied that they didn't even know that there was a Holy Spirit. Many Christians do not understand the role of the Holy Spirit and they have not appropriated the power of the Holy Spirit in their own personal life.
The Lord Jesus in John 14-16 talks about the Holy Spirit. He gives the promise to the believers that He is going to send the Holy Spirit. And he is very specific by saying in verse 20 - ''at that day.'' There is a specific day the Lord Jesus had in mind when He made that statement. After this the Lord Jesus went to the cross of Calvary, died on the cross for our sins, was buried, three days later he rose again from the dead.
Then, before He went back to heaven, He gave his disciples a commission, an assignment. The Lord Jesus said to His disciples in Luke 24 - ''Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem and you are witnesses of these things.'' I have a feeling that when the disciples heard that and when they saw that the Lord had given them the assignment to carry the Gospel, t ...
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