Clothed With Power
Jesus said, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…”
What does this power actually do that we receive from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as discussed yesterday? Why is it important to us? What difference can we expect it to make in our lives as Christians?
From the day of Pentecost, the disciples were given boldness, strength, courage and perseverance from the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Three thousand came into faith that day, and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to their fellowship with one another. They were filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done (see Acts 2:41-43).
Perhaps Paul was referring to being “clothed with power” when he instructed the Colossians to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; and to walk in forgiveness, love, peace and thankfulness (see Colossians 3:12-15).
Brothers and sisters, in the two paragraphs above, we have seen that being clothed with power by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit resulted in boldness, strength, courage, perseverance, devotion, fellowship, awe, wonders, signs, compassion, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, peace and thankfulness! By my own personal experience, I can testify all these are being manifested in increasing amounts and frequency in my life. They are all available to you too.
Ask the Father to clothe you with power. Ask Him to Baptize you in His Holy Spirit.
Dive Deeper: Study Luke 24; Acts 2:41-43; Colossians 3:12-15.