Writings from First Century Church Fathers provide insight into the growth of the early Church with emphasis on the theology of Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit and the behavior of Christians. After his ascension Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.The introduction of the Holy Spirit into the activities of Christians became the power house that forcefully advances the kingdom of God. Finally, the Revelation of St John the Divine provide apocalyptic expressions to describe what the end of the world will be like.
The importance of the Holy Spirit cannot be overemphasized. The very personal and secretive nature associates a delicacy of this relationship that is only between Jesus and me. “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy (every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things) will be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. Matthew 12:31
In the Gospel of Mark I learn of supernatural activities as expressions of believers’ power. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. Mark 16:17-18
The Holy Spirit is named ‘Power from on High’ by Jesus in Luke. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. Luke 24:49
Jesus describes the Holy Spirit with many important names. But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name (in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf), He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. John 14:26
In the Gospel of John, Jesus breathes on his disciples and says, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. John 20:21-23
In the Book of Acts, the descriptions of Pentecost in the upper room show what it was like to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and what power it gave the disciples. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
Lord Jesus, Breathe on me and baptize and immerse and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I hunger for your word. I thirst for the refreshing of your Holy Spirit. Let today be my Pentecost. Amen
From the first sermon after Pentecost, Jesus is identified with the Great I Am. The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. Acts 3:13
Steven preached boldly under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and was stoned to death. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, Acts 7:55
Throughout the epistles of the New Testament, we find countless references to Jesus, both as the source of our faith and power and the fulfillment of our salvation. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: Romans 15:5
Our speech is governed by the Holy Spirit.Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.1 Corinthians 12:3
The writer of Hebrews calls Jesus “the author and finisher of our faith.” looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus never changes. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
Lord Jesus, Give me understanding and wisdom that by your Holy Spirit I will come to know you better. Help me to grow spiritually and teach me to rest in your love. Amen
In the book of Revelation, Jesus is given many names that identify him with Almighty God.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Revelation 1:5
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16
“I am the Alpha and the Omega (the Beginning and the End),” says the Lord God, “Who is (existing forever) and Who was (continually existing in the past) and Who is to come, the Almighty (the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all).” Revelation 1:8
And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I will give (water) from the fountain of the water of life without cost. Revelation 21:6
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (the Eternal One).” Revelation 22:13
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. Revelation 19:16
I agree with Revelation 22:20 Even so, come, Lord Jesus.