Acts 1:8 - Witnessing in the Spirit.

Acts 1:8; Witnessing in the Spirit.

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. 

Acts 1:8 (TEV)  But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you 
will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in 
Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  

Acts 1:8 (TLB)  But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you 
will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the 
people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of 
the earth, about my death and resurrection." 

Acts 1:8 provides the outline for the entire book: [New Bible 

This is the key verse of the book, serving as an inspired 
outline of its contents. This passage sets forth briefly and carefully 
the agenda for Christians of all times. It is what all believers are 
commissioned to do until Jesus comes again. [Believer's SB] 

This verse reveals the theme of the book: you will be my 
witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of 
the earth. [NIV SB] 

In this one verse lies the theme of the entire book and the 
mandate for believers today. Every Christian, regardless of specific 
talents or spiritual gifts, is called to be a witness to the world of 
the saving power of Jesus Christ. [Passages Of Life SB] 

This is the great commission as stated in Acts.  [Ryrie SB]

This is the fifth statement of the Great Commission.  It is also 
found in Mat.28:18-20; Mar.16:15; Luk.24:46-49; Joh.20:21.  The 
mission of the church is to take the gospel to every creature. [Peoples 

This passage sets forth briefly and carefully the program for 
Christians of all times.  It is what all believers are commissioned to do 
until Jesus comes again.  [Criswell SB] 

This command, specifying the geographical areas to be 
evangelized, was carried out in exactly the order prescribed here. The work 
of evangelizing in Jerusalem began at 2:1; in Judea and Samaria, at 
8:5; and throughout the remainder of the earth, at 8:26. [Scofield 

In Jerusalem, for todays disciples would be to their own city.
In all Judaea, this for todays disciples would be to the rest of 
their country. 
In Samaria, this for todays disciples would be to the other 
countries about them. 
Unto the uttermost part of the earth, this for todays disciples 
would be to the rest of the countries of the world. [Pastor Art 

The Spirit's function was to provide power for witness 
worldwide. [New Bible Companion] 

Jesus promised the disciples that they would receive power to 
witness after they received the Holy Spirit. Notice the progression: (1) 
they would receive the Holy Spirit, (2) he would give them power, and 
(3) they would witness with extraordinary results. Often we try to 
reverse the order and witness by our own power and authority. Witnessing 
is not showing what we can do for God. It is showing and telling 
what God has done for us. [Life Application SB] 

Look at the change the resurrection made in the disciples' 
lives. At Jesus' death, they scattered - they were disillusioned, and 
they feared for their life. After seeing the resurrected Christ, they 
were fearless and risked everything to spread the Good News about him 
around the world. They faced imprisonment, beatings, rejection, and 
martyrdom, yet they never compromised their mission. These men would not 
have risked their life for something they knew was a fraud. They knew 
Jesus was raised from the dead, and the early church was fired with 
their enthusiasm to tell others. It is important to know this so we 
can have confidence in their testimony. Twenty centuries later we 
can still be confident that our faith is based on fact. [Life 
Application SB] 

For the New Testament Christians, witness was not a sales pitch.
They simply shared, each in his own way, what they had received. 
 Theirs was not a formally prepared, carefully worked-out 
presentation with a gimmick to manipulate conversation, and a "closer" for an 
on-the-spot-decision ... but the spontaneous, irrepressible, 
effervescent enthusiasm 
 of those who had met the most fascinating Person who ever lived. 
The gospel is not theology.  It's a Person.  Theology doesn't 
save.  Jesus Christ saves.  The first-century disciples were totally 
involved with a Person.  They were followers of Jesus.  They were 
learners of Jesus.  They were committed to Jesus.  They were filled with 
They had encountered Jesus Christ and it simply could not be 
concealed.  They witnessed not because they had to , but because they could 
not help it. 
Their school of witnessing was the school of the Spirit where 
they learned continuously.  Authentic Christian witness is born of 
the Spirit. Richard Halverson [Time with God SB] 

If the Christian life is simply a matter of doing our best, 
there was no need for God to send the Holy Spirit to help us. After 
all, our best is our best. How do we improve on that? Since God is 
omniscient, as we certainly believe He is, He knows when we have done all we 
can do. Why complicate matters? 
Jesus let it be known, however, that God was looking for more 
than our best. He was looking for a life-style and attitude that 
superseded our best, a life-style and attitude that we could never attain 
through our own efforts.... 
Think about this. If we don't need any help, why send a Helper? 
The promise of a Helper presupposes that we need help. The promise 
of a Helper was Jesus' way of tipping us off to one of the most 
profound truths concerning the Christian life--it's impossible! The 
quality of life Jesus expects from His followers is unattainable apart 
from outside intervention. (From The Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life by 
Charles Stanley) [Inspirational SB] 

The Holy Spirit is the means by which God makes his power 
accessible to us. This power is so great that it not only brings life and 
healing to us, but it also spreads to others through us. In fact, it is 
almost impossible to separate our receiving of God's gift from our 
sharing it with others. [Life Recovery Devotional SB] 

If we are not sharing the gospel with others, then we have not 
heard it ourselves. [Daily Walk Bible] 

He who has no fire in himself cannot warm others.  [Source 

Communicating Christ effectively requires as much spiritual 
power as performing miracles. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

Evangelism is a process, not just an event. It involves a total 
lifestyle, not just occasional efforts. [Word In Life SB] 

This Infilling Of The Holy Spirit Requires A Relationship With 

We cannot use the Holy Spirit; the Spirit is to use us. Through 
the Spirit, God works in His people "to will and to do of His good 
pleasure."[3 PHIL. 2:13.] But many will not submit to be led. They want to 
manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. 
Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance 
and grace, is the Spirit given. This promised blessing, claimed by 
faith, brings all other blessings in its train. It is given according 
to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply 
every soul according to the capacity to receive. GW284,5 

Jesus instructed his disciples to witness to people of all 
nations about him. But they were told to wait first for the Holy Spirit. 
God has important work for you to do for him, but you must do it by 
the power of the Holy Spirit. We often like to get on with the job, 
even if it means running ahead of God. But waiting is sometimes part 
of God's plan. Are you waiting and listening for God's complete 
instructions, or are you running ahead of his plans? We need God's timing and 
power to be truly effective. [Life Application SB] 

There is no limit to the usefulness of the one who, putting self 
aside, makes room for the working of the Holy Spirit upon his heart and 
lives a life wholly consecrated to God. 8T19 

I remember telling a friend, "If I were dying, what I would most 
need would be confidence that all I had believed about Jesus was 
true. I would want you to read Scripture to me, pray with me, and talk 
to me about Jesus and heaven." This confidence is what I need most 
not only when I am dying, but also when I am living. [Quiet Time 

All true Christians believe that Jesus Christ is coming again. 
They may differ in their views of when certain promised events will 
occur, but they all agree that He is returning as He promised. 
Furthermore, all Christians agree that this faith in future glory ought to 
motivate the church.... 
Because we do not know the day or the hour of our Lord 's 
return, we must constantly be ready. The believer who starts to neglect 
the "blessed hope" (Titus 2:13) will gradually develop a cold heart, 
a worldly attitude, and an unfaithful life (Luke 12.35-48).... 
Not only should this expectant attitude make a difference in our 
conduct, but it should also make a difference in our witness.... 
Since this is the day of salvation, we must be diligent to do 
all we can to win the lost.... We must understand what the Bible 
teaches about God's program for this present age, and we must be 
motivated by a love for the lost (2 Cor. 5:14) and a desire to be pleasing 
to Him when He returns. Warren Wiersbe [Time with God SB] 

It is impossible to avoid making a decision, for such an 
avoidance is itself a decision.  Likewise a decision not to witness is a 
witness in itself!  To what would such a decision be a witness?  Would 
it indicate something of one's relationship with Christ? [Teachers 
Adult SS Quarterly, 9/26/95]