Acts 1:6-8 – “So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” NASU
Sometimes God says things by not saying things and communicates a wealth of knowledge and truth therein. Here in the first chapter of Acts, we find the disciples asking the question that caused problems among the twelve. They apparently were convinced that Jesus had come to restore the kingdom to Israel in the natural and began jockeying for positions in that administration. Their personal egos were a source of conflict. Here they press that question asking again, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” Jesus’ answer was probably surprising to them but he, in no uncertain terms, let them know that some things were for them and some were not. One of those was, knowing the times or epochs (seasons) which God the Father has reserved for Himself and has not seen fit to share that at this point. Jesus seemed to be attempting to put to rest the question and direct their attention to what was for them.
After He informed them that that information belonged to the Father He said, “BUT….” That was an indicator that although the other “was not for them” the next statement would reveal what “was for them.” I don’t know if they sat up on the edge of their seats or not but they should have. This would be incredible. This would be a revelation of the highest order. This would impact their lives in ways possibly never dreamed of. He said, “but you will receive power…” He did not say you may receive power but YOU WILL receive power. “…when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” There would be something recognizable that was going to, happened and one of the things would be POWER – SPIRITUAL POWER. Out of that power would come, a harvest of epic proportions. Out of that “energia” of the Holy Spirit, they would take the Message of Jesus to the world. He began at the center and worked His way out in addressing where they would take this gospel. I’ve often thought if we cannot take this message to our Jerusalem how can we take it to the remotest part of the earth?
The conviction required to convince someone that they are lost and draw them to God can only come through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Jesus identified that as ‘power’. In Mark and other places He identified that they would not just preach but heal the sick, cast out demons, and work miracles through this POWER. The Holy Spirit was identified as a Comforter, a Companion, and a Teacher. He would be a guide and a defense for them and He is for us. We need to earnestly seek that which is for us and leave the other in the hands of the Father. We do not need to know when Jesus is coming back when He is restoring the kingdom or any of that. We do need to focus on what is “for us” and that is the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT. That is the Great Commission. That is the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom to all the earth. That is exercising the power of the Spirit of God and walking in the fullness of the Promises of God. That is for us! That brings heaven to earth in individual lives in a way that impacts everyone around us.
May God be with you as you go through this day!