“[Y]ou will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (NASB, Acts 1:8)
Last week we discussed two reasons why Christians are united around Christ’s death and resurrection. The first reason was we all gather to commemorate Christ’s resurrection annually and weekly during Sunday services, leading to multicultural worship as global cultures all gather on or near the same day to worship Christ. The second reason was the Great Commission that God commanded all His followers to partake in.
Now, we’re going to analyze how the early church united under the act of witnessing.
The verse above is Christ’s last words before He ascended to heaven. Christ takes His last words to clarify to the disciples how far-reaching His commission is. Christ’s disciples are to be witnesses in Jerusalem, all Judea, Samaria, and *to the remotest part of the earth.* The disciples were sure to find few Jews in the remotest parts of the earth, but they were still called to be witnesses to all.
Evangelization sprung up quickly after Christ’s ascension. In this series, we’ll look at how the early church evangelized and how that evangelism became a unifying marker for multicultural worship. However, first we need to look at the source for being a witness. One cannot be a witness without first having the Holy Spirit “come upon them.” This can mean different things to different believers. However, we mustn’t get too caught up in the disagreements that we become divided.
In a very generalized sense, the Holy Spirit dwells in the modern believer when they fully accept Christ. The believer has to fully submit him or herself to Christ, and then the Holy Spirit will dwell in them. Some denominations add requirements to this idea, but the basic idea is that the Holy Spirit is our helper in the absence of Christ on earth. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a prerequisite for becoming a witness. Listen to this worship song and ask for a better understanding of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you.