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8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."
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672 Before his Ascension Christ affirmed that the hour had not yet come for the glorious establishment of the messianic kingdom awaited by Israel(cf. Acts 1:6-7) which, according to the prophets, was to bring all men the definitive order of justice, love and peace.(cf. Is 11:1-9) According to the Lord, the present time is the time of the Spirit and of witness, but also a time still marked by "distress" and the trial of evil which does not spare the Church(cf. Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 7:26; Eph 5:16; 1 Pt 4:17) and ushers in the struggles of the last days. It is a time of waiting and watching.(cf. Mt 25:1, Mt 25:13; Mk 13:33-37; 1 Jn 2:18; 1 Jn 4:3; 1 Tim 4:1)
730 At last Jesus' hour arrives:(cf. Jn 13:1; Jn 17:1) he commends his spirit into the Father's hands(cf. Lk 23:46; Jn 19:30) at the very moment when by his death he conquers death, so that, "raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,"(Rom 6:4) he might immediately give the Holy Spirit by "breathing" on his disciples.(cf. Jn 20:22) From this hour onward, the mission of Christ and the Spirit becomes the mission of the Church: "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."(Jn 20:21; cf. Mt 28:19; Lk 24:47-48; Acts 1:8)
735 He, then, gives us the "pledge" or "first fruits" of our inheritance: the very life of the Holy Trinity, which is to love as "God (has) loved us."(1 Jn 4:12; cf. Rom 8:23; 2 Cor 1:21) This love (the "charity" of 1 Cor 13) is the source of the new life in Christ, made possible because we have received "power" from the Holy Spirit.(Acts 1:8; cf. 1 Cor 13)
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1287 This fullness of the Spirit was not to remain uniquely the Messiah's, but was to be communicated to the whole messianic people.(Cf. Ezek 36:25-27; Joel 3:1-2.) On several occasions Christ promised this outpouring of the Spirit,(Cf. Lk 12:12; Jn 3:5-8; Jn 7:37-39; Jn 16:7-15; Acts 1:8.) a promise which he fulfilled first on Easter Sunday and then more strikingly at Pentecost.(Cf. Jn 20:22; Acts 2:1-14.) Filled with the Holy Spirit the apostles began to proclaim "the mighty works of God," and Peter declared this outpouring of the Spirit to be the sign of the messianic age.(Acts 2:11; Cf. Acts 2:17-18.) Those who believed in the apostolic preaching and were baptized received the gift of the Holy Spirit in their turn.(Cf. Acts 2:38.)