But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on you: and you shall be witnesses to me both in Jerusalem…
Ye shall be my witnesses.
I. The world through its whole extent NEEDS SUCH A TESTIMONY. The facts which can be testified without the power of God's Spirit cannot speak the whole of the Father's mind concerning man.
II. WITNESSING FOR CHRIST THE MISSION OF ALL CHRISTIANS. Apostles only first because nearest to Jesus himself; chosen by him, not because above others in merits. Witnessing must be as universal in the character and life as the work of the Spirit. All speaks of the same Divine fountain from which all flows. The hope of the Church and of the world is in the waking up of the witnessing spirit. "Martyrs we should all be in heart, if not in suffering. Apostolic" in the best sense - "sent out.
III. OUR LIFE-WORK SHOULD BE THE OUTCOME OF DIVINE GRACE. Ye shall receive power." "The Holy Ghost shall come upon you;" then, being so endued from on high, "ye shall be my witnesses." Spiritual life the foundation of all other life. We should be able to know that the time is come for great work, for we should be conscious of the gifts of God. By no mere conventional forms let us be led away. "Power the great want of the Church - spiritual power; not wealth, or organization, or external attractions, but that which comes upon us from above. Are we working without it? Is our witnessing unto condemnation? - R.
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.