A Puzzle

In my quest to understand how the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit works with believers, I found a puzzle. See if you can solve the puzzle.

In John 20:22 Jesus, on the day he rose from the dead, gave his disciples the Holy Ghost by breathing on them. So the disciples, all but Thomas at that time, had already received the Holy Ghost.

So when I looked at Acts chapter 1, I first notice Acts is written by Luke. So I asked, Is Acts 1 the same event as John 20:22 – but told from Luke’s perspective and not John’s perspective?¬† I had to conclude No – because Luke 24:24-27 Jesus is speaking with his disciples after his resurrection. But Luke 24:49 Jesus tells his disciples to tarry / wait in Jerusalem “until ye be endued with power from on high.”

So in Acts 1:1-5, we learn, Jesus through the Holy Ghost, gave commandments unto the apostles he had chosen. We also see that Jesus was seen of the apostles for 40 days after his resurrection in Acts 1:2,3. We see chapter 1 verse 4 Jesus tells his disciples that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father….For John truly baptized with water but ye shall be baptized or immersed with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

But wait – Jesus had already given his disciples the Holy Ghost on the day of his resurrection so what was he talking about? Acts 1:8 tells us,
Acts 1:8 KJV
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Wait a minute, Jesus said before in John 14:17 that the Holy Ghost would be “in” us. Now Jesus is saying the Holy Ghost will come “upon” us? There is one key word in Acts 1:8, can you find it?

I have heard from people that the book of Acts is a transitional book. And people say because it is a transitional book, God changed something. To a point, that is true because Paul gets saved in Acts and 2/3 of the book of Acts is on Paul’s conversion, his life, his ministry, imprisonment and this helps us understand Paul’s letters / epistles, to the churches.

The key word in Acts 1:8 is “power”. Now some teach this “power” is healing and speaking in tongues. But it does not say that. It says “power”.¬† And notice when this power comes, when the Holy Ghost is come upon you.

Clearly receiving the Holy Spirit and the “power” of the Holy Spirit coming on believers are two different things.

We know Pentacost is 50 days after Passover. So let’s do the math. In John 20:19 we see it was the same day as the resurrection of Jesus he met with the disciples¬† (Thomas was not there) and Jesus breathed on them and they received the Holy Ghost John 20:22. Then 8 days later, the disciples are all together and Thomas is with them this time. Then 7 disciples go fishing John 21:1-3 and Jesus gives them 153 fish in their net and Jesus appears the third time to them John 21:14.

Then Luke says in Acts 1, that Jesus was seen of the apostles 40 days after the resurrection Acts 1:2,3 and Jesus tells them, Do not leave Jerusalem – but wait for the promise of the Father, ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Remember, Jesus was seen for 40 days after his resurrection and 10 days later would be 50 days – Pentacost. 

Then 50 days after Passover -the crucifixion, Pentacost comes. That is where we will pick it up next time.



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