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The Holy Spirit is the Promise that was given in Joel and Zechariah

“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Joel 2:28-29

On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Zechariah 13:1

Jesus also promises the Holy Spirit in Luke

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

Jesus tells his disciples that promise will come in Jerusalem they did not know how or precisely when. They were just told to not leave Jerusalem until the Promise of the Holy Spirit came.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5

Then in Acts 2 they receive the promise.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:4

Some people witnessing did not understand what was happening and made fun of them but Peter explains to them that the promise given in Joel was being fulfilled.

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”… Then Peter stood up with the Eleven…let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy. Acts 2:13-19

Then Peter confirms that they were witnesing the promise and tells them that this promise is for them too.

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39

Now this promise is being anounced that only through Jesus’ resurection it was given.

“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. Acts 13:32-33

The promise of the Holy Spirit is received through faith.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. Romans 4:16

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? (through faith) Galatians 3:5

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:14

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:12

We are children of God because of this promise.

In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Romans 9:8

Since we have that promise we should be cleanse to be Holy

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:14-15

When we were in the world we were away from the Promise of the Holy Spirit but now we can all obtain it.

remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6

This promise of the Holy Spirit has made us free and is our only guarantee to salvation.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Ephesians 3:14

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

We do not need to worry because the one who promised has been is and will be faithful.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

So what does Acts 2:38 say?

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

When Peter says to repent and baptise he is refering to being baptise in the Holy Spirit because only the Holy Spirit can give us the promise and this is clarified in Acts 1:4-5

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you Acts 1:4-5; 8

We also need to be baptise with the Holy Spirit in order to receive the promise just like the three thousand people were baptise that day.

The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41

One baptism (Ephesians 4:5) is necesary for the remision of our sins.

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

That one baptism (Promise) is only given by Jesus Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5 and Acts 11:16.

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