Act 5:25-32 (ESV)
And someone came and told them, “Look! The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.” 26 Then the captain with the officers went and brought them, but not by force, for they were afraid of being stoned by the people. 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
This last verse is interesting. Reread it. There are a number of great thoughts locked within; the first is that the Holy Spirit was a witness to all that occurred in Christ’s ministry. This is how you and I know but we know that Christ’s ministry was real – the Spirit of God makes it real within us. We were never there, didn’t walk with Him or talk to Him, but it makes no difference, for we have that ‘inward witness’ of the Holy Spirit making it all so real. The second thought in v32 is “the Holy Spirit was given to those who obey Him”. To the disciples, it means they obeyed God by believing in His Son and also that they obeyed His Son by staying and waiting in that upper room as instructed. For us it means the same, we have put our trust in His Son and that we have been willing to wait upon Him. This friends, is The Joy of Spirit-Filled Life that God’s people are moved to obedience via the gentle nudging of the Spirit.