Good morning, Preston,
I like you, too, Preston...you know how I feel about you...zealous for the Lord....
When I speak the word "power," listen to these verses:
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more <<<<<powerful >>>>> than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with [[[[[the Holy Spirit and fire.]]]]]
***powerful - Holy Spirit and fire
7 And this was his message:“After me comes the one more <<<<<powerful >>>>> than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.
8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with [[[[[the Holy Spirit.”]]]]]
***powerful - Holy Spirit
16 John answered them all,“I baptize you with water. But one who is more <<<<<powerful >>>>> than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with [[[[[the Holy Spirit and fire.]]]]]
***powerful - Holy Spirit and fire
49 I am going to ~SEND~ you what my Father has ~PROMISED;~ but STAY in the city until you have been clothed with ~POWER~ from on high.”
***stay in the city - clothed with POWER from on high
2 until the day he was taken up to heaven,~~~~~after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.~~~~~
***after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit - APOSTLES
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command:“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
***COMMAND - DO NOT LEAVE - stay - gift my Father promised - power - SPEAK ABOUT
5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
***few days - baptized with the Holy Spirit
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.”
***will receive power - when the Holy Spirit comes on you
THIS IS WHAT THE APOSTLES WHERE WAITING FOR.....
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.(POWER)
33 With great <<<<<power >>>>> the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all
***great POWER - apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus - WITNESSES - God's grace POWERFULLY at work IN THEM ALL
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and <<<<<power,> >>>> [[[[[performed great wonders and signs among the people.]]]]]
***POWER - performed great WONDERS and SIGNS among the people
22 Yet Saul grew more and more <<<<<powerful >>>>> and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
***Saul - more and more POWERFUL
A chosen few obtain this kind of 'POWER' from God...
Now, look at John the Baptist....
41 and many people came to him. They said,“Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.”
***John NEVER performed a sign....
Just explaining myself concerning the word 'POWER' in which we DO NOT receive this kind of power at baptism today....
Nothing to argue about...discussing the Word of God...any time...
I pray people will make the connection....
Someone thinks that the Word of God is clueless...