But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto
me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" (Acts 1:
(i) "...ye shall receive power..." Having received the Holy Spirit, Who had come to dwell within them,
making their bodies the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cor.6: 19) and the temple of God (1Cor.3: 16), and
having been united with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection by the Baptism of the Holy Spirit,
and been brought into a new relationship with Christ, and made members of one another in the Body of
Christ of which Christ Himself is the Head, the next essential thing, which was already provided for the
disciples on the Day of Pentecost, was enduement with power from on high. The Lord Jesus referred to
this enduement in Luke 24:49. From the Day of Pentecost they were to be His mighty witnesses. Very
soon people would be saying of them, "These... have turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6). Christ
working in them, that is in the Church, would be like the stone cut without hands, which reduced to
powder the great image of Nebuchadnezzar and then filled the whole earth (Dan.2: 34,35). That is why it
was essential for the Lord to endue the disciples with power from on high for their Herculean task.
This enduement with power is provided in Christ for all believers, and it can be appropriated and enjoyed
by them from the day they are born again (lsa.41: 15; Eph.1: 3). If they wait upon the Lord and claim these promises by faith, they can enjoy them in their daily lives (lsa.40: 31).
(ii) "...after the Holy Spirit is come upon you..." Please note the words, "upon you"; they indicate the
anointing of the Holy Spirit upon them. The Holy Spirit came to be in the disciples on the Day of Pentecost by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, like the oil in the cakes of the meat offering made of fine flour mingled with oil; and besides this, the anointing of the Holy Spirit would also be upon them, like the oil in the unleavened wafers anointed with oil (Lev.2: 4). By virtue of this anointing upon them, the disciples were able to preach the Gospel boldly and clearly, beginning from Jerusalem and reaching to the uttermost parts of the world.
This is true for us also. On the day of our new birth we have been anointed by the Holy Spirit. "Now he
which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God" (2 Cor. 1: 21). Let us look at Aaron's anointing. Only Aaron's head was anointed. By remaining under his head, his whole body, including his beard, received the benefit of the anointing. "It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments" (Psa.133: 2). We would not say that Aaron's head was anointed, but rather, Aaron was anointed. Our Head is Christ. He is the Anointed One. The very word "Messiah" in Hebrew, or "Christos" in Greek means, "the anointed One". When Christ the Head of the Body is anointed, that means the whole body is anointed; and by virtue of being members in His Body we also come under His anointing. However we should not accept it passively, but strive to remain under His Headship in all things, in our every day life and ministry. As we remain under Christ's Headship, like Aaron's beard, we shall enjoy the anointing oil running down allover us.
Evidently, Aaron was not anointed with a teaspoonful of oil, but rather with a large bucketful of oil, poured on his head and drenching his whole body, thus representing the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, Who is anointed with the oil of gladness above His fellows (Heb.1 :9). "...for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him" (John 3:34).
How we should long to remain under His Lordship, and enjoy His anointing in our personal experience!
"But the anointing, which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach
you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath
taught you, ye shall abide in him" (1 John 2:27). Obey Him, abide in Him, learn from Him, and be used
by Him as His anointed messenger.
Thirdly, we see that ON THE DAY OF PENTECOSTTHE DISCIPLES WERE ANOINTED BY THE
HOLY SPIRIT TO BE HIS WITNESSES.
SECRET OF A HAPPY HOME-2-BAKHT SINGH
Scripture Reading: Eph. 5: 22,28; 6:17 1 Pet. 3: 1-7
The first secret of a happy married life is given in Eph. 5:17. "...be ye not unwise, but understanding what
the will of the Lord is". That is a simple Scripture verse, which can be remembered or learned by experience. If you want success in your home, job, business, or any other activity, that verse should be
remembered; understand what God's will is. If anyone questions you, "Do you know how to find God's
will?", what will you say? Can you prove that you have found God's will? Just saying, "Let Thy will be done" is not sufficient. God's Word says, you have to understand what God's will is. That is why we should have the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us to find God's will, otherwise, we will be wasting our money and energy on things of naught.
In 1932 many times I wasted my time, energy and money on shameful things. But thank God, one day He taught me that I am not my own and He taught me also to find His perfect will in every matter. We are told in Rom. 8:14, how we can find God's will. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God". We must be indwelt by the Holy Spirit. To be indwelt by the Holy Spirit we must be pure and holy. God is holy. He says, "Be ye holy; for I am holy"(1 Pet.1: 16). That is why we have to' have our sins forgiven before we can receive into us the Holy Spirit. To those who come to us and ask us to help them in arranging their marriages, our first question is, "Are your sins forgiven"? We are not concerned about their family, wealth, property or education. We are only concerned about their experience of new birth and whether they have received the gift of eternal life. Then we ask them, "Do you know how to find God's will? Did you pray to find God's will before consenting to this marriage?" That is the first foundational condition to be fulfilled for a happy home. We thank God, He is willing to forgive any sinner and give him the gift of eternal life.
The second condition for a happy home is given in Eph.5: 18, "...be filled with the Spirit". For a happy home, you should be willing to be led by the Spirit not only for the marriage but also for every step of your life. In all things you should be led by the Spirit. "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighted in his way"(Psa.37: 23). Every step you take before going anywhere, taking up any business or making any plan for building a house, you should find God's will, and do all things in accordance with God's will. That is the result of being filled with the Spirit. As believers we have the privilege of going to the Lord Jesus to find everything from Him. He is the living God Who rose again and we as believers in Him have the right to go to Him, to be led by Him every day for every matter. We have the great joy of going to Him because He is our Creator.
Thirdly, "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in
your heart to the Lord"(Eph.5:19). The third condition for a happy home is to express your thanksgiving
by songs. But some people are filled with murmurings and complaints. If you are really happy, there will
be a song in your heart throughout the day; whether you are walking, sitting, or working, your heart will
be filled with songs of praise and songs of thanksgiving. According to Psa.40:3 we have a new song of
thanks giving which enables us to thank God for all that we receive from Him. Some people thank God
for lunch but not for breakfast or tea. Some thank Him only for good things but not for all things. If you
know God by experience, you will praise Him for everything, for His love, mercy, kindness, favour, gifts
and guidance. Thank Him for the way He sought you and saved you. Thank Him for every thing. Usually
we say "Thank you" to people for every thing. In one hour we say "Thank you" forty five times. For everything we say, "Thank you, thank you". Some parents before giving anything to their children tell them to say, "Thank you" and if they do not say "Thank you", they are beaten. Such a "Thank you" has no value. It is not from the heart. Those who have received God's grace will have a song of praise in their hearts all the time. We can thank God even for every trial and temptation. It is only the song of praise and thanksgiving, which will give you heavenly joy. "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ"(Eph.5:20). Note the words, "always for all things". Begin the day with Thanksgiving. Before you have your tea or coffee or anything else, spend some time in thanksgiving, and end your day with thanksgiving. Remember what you have received from God's loving hands in so many ways and thank Him from the very depth of your heart.