Lk.24:49 – “And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

The Father’s Promise is the culmination of the ministry of Jesus. He purchased this promise for us through His death on the cross. Today, as the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, He pours out this promise on all of those who thirst for Him.

Before I get too far ahead of myself let me answer the question, what is the Promise of the Father? The Promise of the Father is access to the intimacy Jesus has enjoyed with His Father from eternity. The very essence of their love for one another is a person, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Father’s love and it is this unspeakable fellowship characterized by the Spirit that we have been called into. We experience this oneness, this place of unspeakable joy, as we are immersed into the Holy Spirit again and again; He is the source of all our life. In Him we find unspeakable joy, peace like a river, and power to live a different kind of life in this weird world. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this.

“Christ laid down his life that we might obtain this; Galatians 3:13–14, He was made a curse for us that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. The Holy Ghost is the sum of all the spiritual blessings which God hath promised. Therefore, ’tis called the Spirit of Promise, Ephesians 1:13. This is the great promise of the Father… and behold I send the promise of the Father upon you. This promised thing Christ received; it was given into his hand as soon as he had finished the work of our redemption, to bestow on all that he had redeemed: Acts 2:33, Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, [he] hath shed {forth this, which ye now see and hear}.”

So today, I want to focus my attention on the heavenly ministry of Jesus. He is seated at the right hand of God as our advocate before the Father. Flowing out from Him is the River of Life. If anyone is thirsty, they can come to Him and drink. Not just one time, but we can drink and drink again so that we are satisfied and empowered. This is our source of total satisfaction and power to live the Christian life.


  1. The full Gospel message, how we now find ourselves joined to an un-watered down congregation of Spirit filled men and women is beyond my comprehension. How can we possibly think we are ever having a bad day? Stay joined, there is nothing to go back to.

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