THE DAY OF PENTECOST

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:1-13

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”  (Acts 2:1-4)

On the day of Pentecost, the disciples gathered together in one place.  By this time there were around 120 of them.  They were together praying and waiting for the promise of the Father to be realized.  Suddenly it happened!  The Holy Spirit came like a mighty rushing wind and filled them.

The word “Pentecost” means the fiftieth day.  It was the fiftieth day after the Passover.  Pentecost was one of the three great annual feasts celebrated by the Jews.   The other two  were the Feast of Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles.  The Feast of Pentecost was a celebration when the first fruits of the harvest were gathered.

God chose the day of Pentecost to fulfill His promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit came in great power.  There appeared to them tongues of fire which rested upon them.  In Scripture fire denotes the presence of God and it is a symbol of cleansing and judgment.  The Holy Spirit filled those early disciples by literally taking control of them.  When this happened, they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability.  This was a supernatural manifestation of the outpouring of the Spirit.

What was the significance of the events that happened on the day of Pentecost?  Prior to this, all believers did not have the continuous indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit has always done the work of regeneration, but He was not always present in the lives of believers.  After the ascension of Christ, He and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to permanently indwell every believer.  His presence enables us to experience His fullness and it empowers us to live lives that honor and obey Christ.

“Do you not believe that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (I Corinthians 3:16).  The question is for each of us to answer.  The presence of the Holy Spirit in us is a reality for every true believer in Jesus Christ.  We can now walk in the power of the Spirit and experience His presence and His fruit in our lives.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22,23).  This fruit is available to each of us when we yield to the Spirit’s control in our lives.

O Holy Spirit, I long for You to fill me and use me.  I long for Your living waters to flow from my innermost being.  Enable me to experience Your presence and power today.

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