And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:4-5, NKJV
This is certain concerning God: He keeps His promises! Luke says similar in Luke 24:49, “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (NKJV)
In Acts 19:2, Paul asked the believers in Ephesus, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (NKJV)
Throughout the Old Testament, the coming Savior was the promise that everyone waited for. Prophets prophesied and Bible writers proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. In the New Testament, the Messiah came. The promise of the Savior was fulfilled. The Messiah brought with Him another Promise from the Father.
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” John 14:15, NJV
The Promise of the Father to us was the promise between the Father and the Son. It was a promise secured in blood—the blood of Jesus. The Messiah came and restored us back to God, and God promised that we could have an ever-deepening relationship with Him. We could have more than Words on a page: the Word could be living and active in us. And more—we could have the same fullness of the Spirit shared between the Father and the Son living in us. We could be immersed in and saturated with the Holy Spirit. You and I could have divine communion with God by the Holy Spirit.
The greatest of all callings and promises of God is the call and promise of His presence. Like David said, and I paraphrase, “God, you can have it all, but whatever you do, don’t take your presence from me!” Moses had the same conversation with God in Exodus. “God it’s great that you will give us success and blessings, but if your presence doesn’t go with us—then I’m not going.”
This wonderful promise of the Father is our Helper who will be with us, guide us, and reveal Jesus to us. He speaks of what He sees and hears, and becomes our advocate before the Father.
Jesus did not leave us stranded orphans or helpless followers. He left and poured the promise of the Holy Spirit, and today He still is freely giving to those who are willing to wait on Him.
“Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” Acts 2:33, NKJV
The ministry of Jesus is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Today, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are in full agreement as the Godhead that this Promised Outpouring is still for you and I today. Are you receiving?