When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance …. Therefore, having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. Acts 2:1-4, 33
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture tells us exactly what happened when the promised Holy Spirit came. It was a very dramatic moment and rightly so. It was the inaugural moment of God’s redemptive plan being unleashed for all the world to encounter and respond to. For those who gathered in the house it was both an individual and group experience. The apostles and many other disciples of Christ went through a transition unique to them that bridged the gap from being believers in Christ when he ascended back to heaven to being recipients of the Holy Spirit who was sent to them by Christ from heaven. In verse 33 above, the apostle Peter clearly explains what it was that had happened in verses 1-4.
So, the Holy Spirit was bestowed on them (His indwelling), the Holy Spirit filled them (His full control of them), and the Holy Spirit was manifested through them (His empowering them to speak other languages). Elsewhere in Acts 2 the various languages that were spoken are listed and we are told that those who heard exclaimed, “we hear them in our own languages speaking of the mighty deeds of God.” There were tremendous numbers of Jewish people gathered in Jerusalem to observe Pentecost and the Holy Spirit worked in this amazing and powerful way to inaugurate the spread of God’s redemptive plan to the world.
For us today there isn’t a transition. At the very same moment we become disciples of Jesus Christ by trusting in him for the forgiveness of sins, we are given the Holy Spirit of promise. This is the way the promise of the Holy Spirit and the role of being witnesses of Jesus Christ carries forward to all true disciples of Jesus Christ. We share in the bestowal, filling, and manifestation of the Holy Spirit. He is ready and waiting to work in amazing and powerful ways in and through our lives as true believes in today’s needy and hungry world.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, it is exciting to realize that your redemptive plan has not changed and that you chose me to be a part of it. Like the disciples of old, I am available and ready more than ever before for the Holy Spirit’s work of transforming my life and empowering me to impact my world in bold and significant ways. Amen!
Posted on Thu, April 7, 2016
by Alan Porter