Updated: Jan 26
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INTRODUCTION. Before He ascended to heaven, Jesus instructed his disciples to remain
in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father–the Holy Spirit who would impart power to them (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8). Earlier Jesus had told his disciples that his Father would send them the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, in Jesus' name. The Holy Spirit would teach them all things, and bring to their remembrance all that Jesus had told them (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, would guide the disciples into all truth and declare unto them the things that are to come (John 16:13).
When the twelve disciples were gathered together in one place about a week after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit came upon them. First there was a sound as of a "rushing mighty wind"; then there were "cloven tongues" (divided, parting asunder) like fire which sat upon each one of them; and last, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak as the "Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4).