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One of the most important things that Jesus told His disciples before going to the Father comes from what He said in Luke 24:49. “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 (ESV)

The disciples and other followers of Jesus knew that they needed to continue His work even after Jesus would leave, but they did not expect Him to say what He said. Jesus told them not to do anything until they were clothed with power from on high.

The word power is very important in this verse. The Greek word that is used here for power is ‘dunamis.’ The English words “dynamo,” “dynamite” and “dynamic” all come from this Greek word ‘dunamis.’ We know that the English words here mean explosive or forceful impact. Jesus wanted the disciples to be clothed with an explosive and forceful impact before they did anything to expand God’s kingdom.

This explosive power was going to be the power of the Holy Spirit. We can also see this in Acts 1:8. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (ESV).

Jesus wanted us to be personally empowered by the Holy Spirit before we reach others for Him and His glory. We cannot witness without being empowered by the Holy Spirit. When we do things without the power of the Holy Spirit, we do things in vain. We do things in our own ability. We eventually end up placing our faith and expectations in our abilities, strategies and circumstances rather than placing them in the explosive power of the Holy Spirit.

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