A promise is an oath of something yet to come, but when it has come, promise becomes possession.
Acts 1:4 – And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
I believe I need to reinforce the opening statement in today’s Second Miler. A promise is an oath of something yet to come, but when it has come, promise becomes possession. The Scriptures are replete with promises of the Father to His people. Many, if not most of the promises made to the people of God by our Lord have already been given. For instance, “all spiritual blessings.” Consider Ephesians 1:3 that states, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” Read it closely. God “hath blessed” (past-perfect tense; it’s already done) “us” (you and me) “with all spiritual blessings.” (“all,” NOT “some”). You see, God promised it to us through the Abrahamic covenant, but when Jesus was raised from the dead and the New Covenant was instituted, the PROMISE was fulfilled and became our POSSESSION. Now that, my friend, it truly “good news.”
Now consider that in the light of our Text for Today. When these words were uttered by our Lord, it was before His ascension to the Father, and therefore prior to the sending forth of Holy Spirit into the earth on the day of Pentecost. When Jesus uttered these words, He was indeed making a promise….stating an oath of something yet to come. But since the making of that oath, after His resurrection, and to be specific, ON the day of Pentecost, the promise was kept, the oath fulfilled, and the promise became a possession. NOT a possession of all men, but of the Church, and in regards to individuals in particular, individuals from the first Apostles such as Peter, James, and John to individuals of the present, meaning you and me, the Promise became a Possession available to any believer who will ask.
Luke 11:13 clearly reveals to us that anyone who has the relationship with Jehovah God as His child can ask for and receive the infilling of Holy Ghost. It clearly states that the Heavenly Father will give Holy Ghost to any of His children that ask Him. It can be no clearer. Once again, this statement by our Lord was BEFORE His resurrection. It was a promise. To the unbeliever, it is still a promise, but to the believer, it is a possession that needs to be possessed. If you have been Spirit-filled, rejoice. If you are a child of God, but have not received that mighty infilling, ask now. The promise has been given; the possession is yours.
Manna for Today – Acts 1:1-11; Luke 11:13; Isaiah 45:11; Isaiah 55:8-13; Joshua 1:6-9