Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
Jesus came “to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs” (Rom. 15:8). In today’s verse we have a reference to “the promise of the Holy Spirit.” The greatest promise “given to the patriarch” is: “And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you” (Gen. 17:7).
To have God as our God is the essence and totality of our salvation, eternal life, heaven, and the new earth. Through His righteous life and sacrificial death, Jesus confirmed and obtained this promise: “Having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit.” That’s the essence of the gospel. Jesus, as the Son of Man, obtained “all the promises of God” (2 Cor. 1:20) and freely gives them to all who believe in Him–who have been made partakers of His finished work.
Which promise or blessing do you need today? Look to Jesus’ exaltation, having obtained and received every promise and blessing. He will not withhold from you what He so painstakingly bought.
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