The Promise of the Father


The Bible shows us that the “promise of the Father” was the ultimate aim of Jesus’ mission. Yes, he was sent forth to save sinners, but his mission did not end there. His ascension capped the true aim of the Father—the pouring out of his Spirit upon all flesh. Peter demonstrates through scripture that the baptism of the Holy Spirit, not the reborn human spirit, is the “promise of the Father.”

Podcast Notes


Today’s church acts as if the promise of the Father, the baptism of the Spirit is a side bet, a take-it-or-leave-it part of the Gospel.

The question is, how does the Bible treat it?

The Aim of the Gospel

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through [the] faith. —Galatians 3:13–14

“that we might receive the promise of the Spirit” is the end or goal of him becoming a curse

Think of epic tales: hero goes through all the stuff for what?

Farewell Discourse (John 14–17)

If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray [ask] the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world can’t receive because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him, but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. —John 14…15–17

“in you” could be translated “among you”

“whom the world cannot receive”

Compare to John 3:16 – God loved the world so he gave

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him to you. —John 16:7

The Lord’s mindset: he must depart, that is, he must be seated at God’s right hand to receive the Spirit (Peter’s address)

Depart: death, burial, resurrection, ascension to present his blood, appearance with infallible proofs, ascend to sit down at God’s right hand.

The Risen Christ

Jesus appears to the disciples and eats broiled fish and a honeycomb. 

And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.. —Luke 24:46–49

“Send” is present in the Greek. Absolute sense: being sent without any hint of dissipation. 

Book of Acts

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.—Acts 1:1–5

Disciples had been born anew. John 20:22

Promise of the Father is the same thing as baptism in the Holy Ghost.

When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 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. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. —Acts 1:6–9

Gospel is word and power, not word without power.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. —Acts 2:1–4

Mention that the crowed heard native languages. The disciples didn’t speak in native languages. 

This was the actualization of the Father’s promise. And it involved speaking in other tongues.

Peter’s Address

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and harken to my words: for these are not drunken as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams —Acts 2:14–17

Peter links Pentecost to Joel’s prophecy and the promise of the Father.

Here is the goal of the Gospel for us in this age.

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. —Acts 2:32–33

“It is expedient for you that I depart”

Peter equates the baptism of the Spirit to the promise of the Father.

Peter had been with Jesus at the Farewell Discourse, in Luke 24, and at the ascension.

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. —Acts 2:37–39

Copacetic with Luke 24.

Recap – The Aim of the Gospel in the Here and Now

The New Testament emphasizes the individual believer being filled with the Spirit, worshiping God in the Spirit.

The outpouring of the Holy Ghost is the greatest event in Christian history–greater than the crucifixion, of greater import that the resurrection, greater than the ascension, greater than the glorification. It was the end and finality which the crucifixion, resurrection, and glorification sought to accomplish.
— John Lake

There is no subject in all the Word of God that seems to me should be approached with so much holy reverence as the subject of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.