The day of Pentecost was an important day that marked a turning point for the early church. Pentecost, a Jewish feast, was celebrated 50 days after Passover, and people come to Jerusalem from all over the world to celebrate this event. Day of Pentecost is the 50th day after Jesus’ resurrection.
The Holy Spirit has been at work from the time when God created the heavens and the earth. The book of Acts is the ‘Acts of the Holy Spirit.’ Every chapter in the book of Acts talks about the works of the Holy Spirit. Out of all the references to the Holy Spirit in the whole Bible, the book of Acts records one sixth of the total references of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t that amazing?
Power: Ps 62:11, “… power belongs to God.” The God of the Bible is all-powerful. His Spirit is the Spirit of power. Paul says in Ephesians 3: 16, “I pray that you be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.”
In the Old Testament days, the great prophet Micah says in Micah 3: 8, ‘Truly, I am full of power.” Micah had set himself apart for the Lord to stand up to his generation and boldly point out their sins. It is the Holy Spirit that gave him the power. We are living in the time when Jesus said in Acts 1: 8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Before the day of Pentecost: Jesus taught the disciples many things about the kingdom of God. He instructed them to wait until they had received the promise of the Father. There are many promises in the scripture. Only one promise is called, ‘the promise of the Father.’ John 14: 16- 17, “I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper…” Another means ‘another of the same kind.’ They were instructed not to attempt any evangelism until they received the Holy Spirit and power. They heard the parables and witnessed many miracles. Yet, Jesus did not give them permission to do any ministry. Jesus said in Luke 24: 49, “I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
On the day of Pentecost: Acts 2: 1-4 says, When the Day of Pentecost has fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then, there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” They were gathered in one accord. Then there was a ‘suddenly moment.’ First they heard a ‘sound’ and that sound came from heaven. Second a ‘sight’ of cloven tongues and Third ‘speech”, as they began to speak in other tongues.
After the day of Pentecost: What happened when the early church received the power of the Holy Spirit? Acts 1: 8 talks about power to become witnesses. The following four things happened soon after they received the power.
1.Holy Boldness: Peter who denied Jesus 3 times, boldly proclaimed the gospel and 3000 were added to the church. He was steadfast, immovable, and became a mighty witness after the Day of Pentecost. Read Acts 2: 38.
2. Fear of God: Acts 2: 43 Fear came upon every soul. Fear of God out of reverence for God enabled them to follow God’s commandments.
3. Signs and Wonders: Acts 2: 43, “…many wonders and signs were done through the apostle.” There was not one or two but many. The miraculous was a daily thing. The power of the Holy Spirit was so much that even their shadows carried the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
4. Unity and Selflessness: Acts 2: 44, “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common. All who believed were together. They did not have any personality issues or any differences. They were united and worked in harmony.
5. More Hunger and Thirst for God: Acts 2: 46, “continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.” Acts 3: 1, “Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” There was so much desire for God and His house that they went to the house of God to pray daily. They were not satisfied with going to church once a week. Acts 5: 12, “Through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people..vs 15, “.. so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.”
Dearly beloved, God is no respecter of persons. If the apostles had the power of God manifested in their lives, we could have it too. The need of the hour is the willingness to be available for God and the thirst for the Holy Spirit. God wants to make us a living witness for Him, not only in Jerusalem, but all over the world.
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