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The Holy Ghost Came Upon Mary


Luke 1:35 And the angel answeblack and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.


Micah 3:8 & But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.


Acts 1:8 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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth

But ye shall receive power, the Holy Ghost having come upon you.


1.                  THE ODDITY OF THIS POWER (Dunamis) "But ye shall receive power"

1.                  It is not a power of this world. Men misunderstand it.

1.                  It is not given for political use

2.                  It is not intended for accumulating vast fortunes

3.                  It was not a tool for enslaving men

1.                  An opiate of the masses as Karl Marx asserted - ritual

2.                  A power to subjugate nations as in the evangelistic work of the catholic church on the Spanish Mane.


2.                  It is a power to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.                  It is a promised Power

1.                  ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you

2.                  This power came to the Lord's church by the coming of the comforter, the Holy Spirit.

3.                  John 15:26 & But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:


2.                  It is a miraculous power

1.                  In that day the Lord used miracles which came by the filling of the Holy Spirit.

2.                  It caused the disciples to speak in languages they did not know, and the people heard in their own language.


3.                  It is a spiritual power

1.                  It brings transformation to the soul

2.                  It brings regeneration to the human spirit


4.                  It is a practical Power

1.                  It will overcome confusion of mind

2.                  It will overcome cowardice

3.                  It will overcome opposition


5.                  It is a persuasive power

1.                  2 Timothy 1:12 For ... I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2.                  Every Christian has a witness within himself, a faith, a trust, that what he believes is true.

3.                  Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.


6.                  It is the power of an army of witnesses.

1.                  The church did not grow in numbers until after the Holy Spirit came upon them on the Day of Pentecost.

2.                  3,000 were added in Acts 2:41

3.                  5,000 were added to the church in Acts 4:4, so that there was a multitude (Acts 4:32)

4.                  Then multitudes were added in Acts 5:14.

5.                  The advancement of the church is resting upon everyone who is a part of it

6.                  That means that every believer who is in a local church should be a witness of the Lord Jesus Christ.


2.                  THE ORIGIN OF THIS POWER "... after that the holy Spirit is come upon you"

1.                  The verb form in this phrase ‑‑ "is come," not "has come."

1.                  In other words, the Spirit came upon the church to stay.

2.                  The phrase "is come," means that the action is completed, not continual.

3.                  The Holy Ghost came upon the church on the Day of Pentecost, and his power rests upon every believer of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout all the years of history; and he will continue to be with his church until the end of the world (age) [Matt. 28:20].


2.                  The adverb in this phrase ‑‑ The adverb is "after," meaning that there is a power which came upon the church after this event that was not there before it.

1.                  So now the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ have no excuse for being ineffective with their witness.

2.                  The witness of the gospel should go forth by way of every believer who is a member of a local church.

3.                  That is God's plan.


3.                  The prepositional phrase ‑‑ "upon you"

1.                  which indicates that the Holy Spirit was directed to come upon the apostles and followers that were assembled with Him.

2.                  He did not come upon the members of the Pharisees or the Sadducees or the Sanhedrin or upon the citizens of the nation of Israel.

3.                  He came upon the believers who would form the church that the Lord was building.

4.                  The Holy Spirit did not come upon those outside of the church.

5.                  The church was a local, visible assembly of believers; and that is the only group that God recognizes as a church.

6.                  That church has continued until our day and will continue until Jesus returns.

7.                  We must remember that we are not in the church by spiritual birth.

8.                  We are in the family of God and the kingdom of God, but we are not in the church of God until we are baptized in water and come into the fellowship of a local assembly of believers.


4.                  Now, what came upon these believers?

1.                  The Holy Ghost came upon them.


2.                  There are many spirits in the world

1.                  1 John 4:1 & Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2.                  But there is only one Holy Spirit, who is God.

3.                  All other spirits are created spirits.

4.                  If any other spirit had come upon the church, then it would not have the power to be witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ.


3.                  Today we have many spirits who mimic the Holy Spirit.

1.                  There are great religious organizations built around these spirits.

(1)               they have the spirit of unity, the spirit of caring, the spirit of excitement, the spirit of entertainment, the spirit of emotion, the spirit of human achievements, they may as well be demonic spirits;

(2)               but we do not need those spirits apart from the power of the Holy Ghost.

2.                  We need HIM.

3.                  He is the one who came to bring His power upon the church on the Day of Pentecost to continue until the Lord comes again.


3.                  THE OBJECT OF THIS POWER

1.                  "And ye shall be witnesses unto me ..."

1.                  First, then, we are witnesses of the Lord Jesus. We are not witnesses of the Holy Spirit nor of God the Father, but of Jesus Christ.

1.                  The Father sent His Son

2.                  The Holy Ghost brings power to believe in Him.

3.                  But Jesus, the Son of God, saves

2.                  Secondly, notice that "ye shall be witnesses."

1.                  This is looking forward to the day of the church.

2.                  We are in that day.

3.                  2 Cor. 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

4.                  We are in the days when we are to preach Christ throughout the world.

(1)               the world must hear about the Saviour

(2)               it must hear about the Cross

(3)               it must hear about turning to the One who will save them.

2.                  In ... Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost part of the earth"

1.                  Missions and witnessing begin in Jerusalem.

1.                  That means that we begin our mission work in our own homes and our own town, our own city.

2.                  Then we can extend our witness to the farthest points of the earth.


2.                  We can do this by way of personal visitation.

1.                  Don't forget to take the time to be a personal witness of the saving grace of the Lord.

2.                  Make it your purpose to speak with each one in your family, each one at work.


3.                  As a church, we can take many opportunities, such as printing, radio, TV, tracts, personal visitation, Sunday School, etc.

1.                  Gospel tracts make the way of Salvation plain.

2.                  This summer we plan to have our first Atent meeting@

3.                  The work of reaching the community falls upon the shoulders of the church.


4.                  So, whatever we do as a church, let us be faithfulB

1.                  that we tell others about the Lord, his death, burial and resurrection,

2.                  his grace, his love, his wrath,

3.                  his sovereignty, his longsuffering,

4.                  his saving power, his keeping power,

5.                  his word, and his eternal inheritance to everyone who believes in him.


5.                  Here are some verses that we can use in witnessing to others:

1.                  John10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

2.                  Rom. 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

3.                  Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

4.                  Rom. 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

5.                  Eph. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

6.                  Take the time now to mark them in your Bible.

7.                  Point others to them and discuss these verses with them.



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