In my last post on Joel 2, we saw that God redeems and God Restores.
In Joel 2:28-29, we see that God empowers:
28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
29 Even on the male and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit.
As much of Joel, I believe this passage is two-fold. He says, “Afterward”. After what? After the destruction of the land, after the call to repentance, after God’s mercy is shown and His restoration comes, He empowers us. And as Peter establishes in Acts 2:17 when he quotes this passage, this is prophetic of Pentecost when He pours out his Spirit upon man. He speaks to us through prophecy, dreams and visions.
So, God first redeems us and then He restores us. Then, He empowers us to live that redeemed and restored life.
These themes in Joel 2 foreshadow Christ, who came to:
set us free (Galatians 5:1)
restore us and make us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
and lastly to send the Holy Spirit who empowers us with gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
Christ is in you and you have the power to live that redeemed and restored life! “You are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 4:14
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:37-39