A PROMISED GIFT
In Acts 2:38b-39, the “gift of the Holy Spirit” is referenced and directly connected to the promise made to the Jews and all people God would call. The fulfillment of the promise was associated with the earliest preaching of the Gospel to the Jews (Acts 3:25). The Promise was fulfilled in Christ (Gen. 22:17-18; Gal. 3:16). However, though fulfilled, the significance of the Promise is not inactive today.
The promise God made to Abraham is clearly and inseparably tied to our inheritance in Christ (Gal. 3:13-19; Rom. 4:13-16; 8:15-17; 9:8). The “gift of the Holy Spirit” is equally attached to both the promise and our inheritance (Acts 2:38-39; Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 3:14, 18-19; Rom. 4:13-16; Eph. 1:13-14; I Cor. 2:12; Gal. 4:4-7; Acts 20:32; 26:18).
The promise has been kept and its influence is truly amazing. We are children of the King of all creation (I Jn. 3:1). The “down-payment” or “earnest” or “pledge” of our inheritance became ours when we became Christians (Eph. 1:14; II Cor. 1:22). For all faithful Christians the blessings of the promise to Abraham are as sure as God and the finished work of His Son (II Cor. 18-22). These blessings have been revealed by the Spirit Himself rather than by the mere words of men (I Cor. 2:10-12).
Incredibly, the full greatness of the Promise has yet to be realized. Heaven will reveal what now is seen only through analogies to our temporal world. The complete realization of the promise is indescribable (I Jn. 3:2) The God who cannot lie, His Son who has paid the price, and the Spirit who has revealed what has been freely given to all unite to declare, “PROMISE KEPT”!