Today we conclude the seven part series “Who is the Holy Spirit”. My prayer is that we have a deeper insight regarding the Holy Spirit and the works He has completed as well as the works He still longs to do in you and I. The following Scriptures are some of the most omitted but some of the most important that God gave to His children. Remember this Sunday, June 5, 2014, is the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-18 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? 13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
As previously discussed, the Holy Spirit did not just show up on the scene on the day described above in Acts chapter 2. He has existed from the very beginning as part of the Holy Trinity. But this day was special for He was coming to do a different work. It has to be noted that “The Day of Pentecost” is both a Jewish Holiday and a Christian Holy Day. To Jews, the Day of Pentecost is the end of the 7 weeks and the fiftieth day after the observation of the Passover (see Exodus 12), expressing thankfulness to God for blessing their Harvest ( please see Exodus 34:22, Leviticus 23:15, Deuteronomy 16:16, 2 Chronicles 8:13 and Ezekiel 1). It is also known as the Feast of Weeks, Feast of Harvest and Latter First Fruits. Pentecost was a great celebration and Jews flocked from all parts of the world to be in Jerusalem to celebrate with feasts and grain offerings to God! Isn’t God’s timing impeccable? The Holy Spirit came to unlearned men and women praying in an upper room and they began to speak praises to God (in tongues) in so many languages! That type of miracle could not be denied by many and they carried the message of Christ (who had just weeks earlier proved to be their Messiah by raising from the dead) back to their various habitations! The coming of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 was God fulfilling what Jesus spoke in Saint John 16 and Acts 1 at the most opportune time..
The Holy Spirit had come to mankind to be that Part of God, that part of the Trinity, who would reside in the very hearts of those who confess Christ as Lord. Romans 8:9 states “9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” and 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “19 What? know ye not hat your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Once Christ is accepted as Lord, the Holy Spirit dwells in us and begins a process called regeneration. As taught in Galations chapter 5, the Holy Spirit begins to “regenerate” or renew us by helping rid us of the works of the flesh and filling us with the Fruit of the Spirit. The process helps us become more like Christ, more like our Father God.
The Bible teaches us in 1 John 4:10-11 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another”
I read an anonymous quote this week that simply stated “Do not judge me by what I did in the past. I may not be that same person now”. Powerful words. For if Christ is our Lord we are changing daily. Some days we may take a step backward. The Psalmist wrote in Psalms 37:23-24 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
Friends, if God upholds us when we fall, then should we not do the same for each other? How many times shall I forgive someone who sins against me? Christ says in Matthew 18 seventy multiplied by seven. Obviously, there is no limit. Love knows no color, no social status, no record of wrongs.. 1 Corinthians 13 says that “Love conquers all”. And all means all. If we fall short with love, we fall short of God. That is a terrible place to be.