"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 24:49)
"The promise of the Father". This takes us back to Joel 2:28-29)
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit."
In fulfillment of all this there were three periods discernable in the New Testament: 1. The period of promise; 2. the period of the preparation; and 3. the period of the realization - all this having to do with the promise of the Father and the intention of the Son toward His people. Now I am going to ask that you reverently ponder this and set aside time and search the Scriptures, pray and yield, obey and believe, and see whether this possession of the Church may not be ours in actual fulfillment and realization.
The Holy Spirit brings to us the presence of Jesus and enables us to realize our oneness with Him.
~A. W. Tozer~