Power. We think of strength or authority in our daily situations. A baseball hitter is known to have power when he hits lots of home runs. The President certainly has power as a ruler of a country. A boss has power over employees.
What does “power” mean in the context of Acts 1:8 (But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.)? Practically speaking, what power does the Spirit give me?
- The power over sin, the flesh, and Satan.
- The power of the Spirit bears fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.).
- The power of identity: I am God’s adopted child, righteous in His sight.
- The power to witness to God’s love and truth.