The Acts 1:8 Link on Power
My life verse is Acts 1:8. It says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Every time I read this verse, the word “power” jumps out at me. As I’ve studied this, I’ve developed a sense of awe and I hope you will, too!
The Greek word for “power” is dunamis. The Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament with reference to Acts 1:8 defines it as being able to produce a strong effect – power, might, strength.” And “as supernatural manifestations of power miracles, wonder, a powerful deed.” This word is used 10 times in the Acts of the Apostles and always refers to God’s power, miracles and signs and wonders.
When the Bible uses the word dunamis, it never refers to our strength or ability but rather to His power through us. It is His power alone that keeps us, while forming our character as we glorify Him.
The Apostles Had Dunamis Power
After the apostles were baptized in the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, Peter and John were on their way to the Temple. And then they came across a man crippled from birth, begging. In Acts 3:6, Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but I give you what I have. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
The man was healed and Peter attributed the power displayed in Acts 3:11-16 to Jesus! The authorities arrested Peter and John. When they questioned the apostles, the two Christ followers said the man was healed. Acts 4:8-22 quotes them saying, “by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, and whom God raised from the dead. … There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
You Have the Power
As Christians, we have the power of the Spirit! And we should always be pointing to Jesus when signs, wonders and healings take place. It is because of the incredible power of the Spirit that sets us free in Jesus! And we are to continually pursue His grace and love, being empowered to witness to others about Him.
And you can be part of glorifying Jesus by the power of His Holy Spirit. After reading this, go to your secret place of prayer. Invite Him to fill you while asking for the dunamis of the Holy Spirit to saturate you. Drawing close to the Spirit of God, being your tutor as you grow in friendship with Jesus. When praying, seek Him until His Spirit falls upon you in power. And then go out into the world, walking in His power, giving Him the glory.