Pentecost

The Acts chapter 2 account of Pentecost was and is a valuable aspect of our Christian formation! The holiday had history stemming back some 2000 years earlier. It was the day Moses came down the mountain with the ten commandments (the Old Covenant) in his hands only to find the children of Israel had fallen into idolatry. (See Exodus 32-34) Jewish people from all around the world would come to their homeland to celebrate this holy day of Pentecost which by definition means “fifty days” because it took place fifty days after the first Passover. What a significant event! Christ is the Passover! He is the lamb who was slain and His blood the blood of the New Covenant! The Old Covenant was ratified with Moses’ 10 Commandments written on stone, the New Covenant ratified by the outpouring of Holy Spirit writing His law upon our hearts WOW!  

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. ~Romans 8:2

The early church was birthed. The promise of God that He would put His Spirit in us was fulfilled. The church was now empowered to be His witnesses! The scripture says they were all in one place and of one purpose when fire fell from heaven and rested upon them. The children of Israel were divided and Ex 32:28 tells us about three thousand men of the people who fell that day. But in Acts 2:41 the apostles were united and three thousand were added to the church that day! The things of God restored on earth! The promise of the Father fulfilled. Holy Spirit has been pouring out ever since!

Now we don’t need to coerce God, we don’t need to beg Him for the Holy Spirit. He is giving out His Spirit freely to all of His children. But we do need to ask and receive, we do need to pay attention to God’s order for things and position ourselves for this experience that Jesus in Lk 24:49 calls being “endued with power from on high” This is that living water for the thirsty soul which Jesus referred to in John 7:37-39 ““On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.””

The keys are found in both believing and receiving. And Jesus thought it important enough tell His disciples don’t go anywhere or do anything until you receive this enduement of power from on high. But Jesus also said that once you have this you will be empowered to be My witnesses! Perhaps you missed this step in your Christian formation? The important thing is that you catch it now! The disciples from Ephesus in Acts 19 you will see they did not receive the Holy Spirit when the first believed. They did not even know there is a Holy Spirit. But they believed, and were called disciples. So don’t let it get you down if you have not heard of or received this empowering phenomenon. Just seek and receive now. It seems so important that Paul also went straight to it. Paul’s first question for these Ephesian disciples was; “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”

Then he laid hands on them and the were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke with tongues and prophesied. Then they saw a revival in their land that destroyed the strongholds of the dark realms and transformed even their very economy. Seek and you will find!

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