Acts 1:8 "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.”
The Holy Spirit empowers missions
Acts 1:8 is Jesus' restatement of the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 along the lines of the Holy Spirit's specific role. Before anyone can "go into all the world to make disciples" or baptize or teach the Word of God, the pre-requisite empowerment of the Holy Spirit must be in place. The Triune God is the power source behind the Great commission - as will be seen by the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. God prescribes the Great Commission, as already seen in the achievement of the Son. God has planned the beginning and outcome of the Great commission, as witnessed in our past study of the Person of the Heavenly Father. God planned it, prescribed it and empowers the mission - we as His people need to trust Him and go forth, carrying forth the message of the Gospel to a lost and dying world.
The Book of Acts details for us how the Holy Spirit empowered the early church to do it's missionary work. Acts 1:8 gives the reader a nice outline of the entire book. Thus notice the following key thoughts in our consideration of how the Holy Spirit empowers the Great commission.
1. "but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you...."
This first part of Acts 1:8 covers the first two chapters of the Book of Acts. The disciples waited in the upper room and the Holy Spirit descended. Power from on high was given and the flame of the Spirit has burnt in the church ever since those early days.
2. "and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem....."
As the early church began to meet, worship, break bread and adhere to the Apostle's teaching, word spread quickly with regards to this new Christian movement. As the Apostles preached the Word of God, multitudes were converted (Acts 2:41; 4:4), miracles were wrought and the early church grew. Acts 4:33 notes - "And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all." As the church grew and spread through Jerusalem, persecution arose. Though greatly afflicted by their opponents, the early church thrived under hardship. Acts 8:4 records - "Therefore, those who had been scattered went about preaching the word." The Spirit empowered the church to go from Jerusalem into the next region....
3. ...."and in all Judea and Samaria...."