2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”
POINTS OF INTEREST
- In this Chapter, we see God’s perfect plan of salvation: Jesus was crucified, resurrected and raised up into heaven. He then sent down the Holy Spirit onto those who believed in Him.
- The Holy Spirit is connected with God; this is not merely a name. The Holy Spirit being sent down was real – from Heaven with a sound like a mighty rushing wind, like a fire filling the entire house where the disciples were sitting. It arrived upon the disciples and rested upon each one of them. The Holy Spirit filled the entire being of the disciples and gave them utterance to speak in other tongues. The gift of the Holy Spirit is much more than what the disciples could have ever imagined. The great and wonderful Father sent His Son to fulfill the great salvation plan, and then sent the Holy Spirit to give us power, and He will always be with us to the very end of the ages!
- In Genesis chapter 11, we can see that when man sinned and left God to build their own Tower of Babel, God said: “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Since then, the people were dispersed over the face of all the earth. But when Jesus was crucified, resurrected and raised into the Heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to those who believed in Him, and the people became one in God. Through the Spirit they have the same language, and are forever in the Kingdom of God.
- Verse 5 to 15: When the Holy Spirit came down from Heaven and displayed God’s mighty power, there were some that did not believe and doubted. Their eyes were darkened and blinded, and they could not see the light, even though they might have seen the miracles worked out by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they did not believe in the Holy Spirit and feared, but were confused, surprised, or some even doubted and mocked the disciples, thinking that they were drunk and had lost their senses. From this incident, we can see the fight between the Spirit and the Flesh – which both oppose each other.
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PRAYING IN FAITH
Ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit, so that the fire of the Holy Spirit will burn away all the desires that are not honorable to God. And pray that God will sit on His Throne in our hearts.
For your Five
Pray that God will open each other’s eyes to receive the Holy Spirit by faith, and to know that He is the living God.
For our Church
Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill our church like fire so that we can live and speak the truth of the mighty work of God, and that the people will see and give glory to God.