Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

 

The word “SUDDENLY” appears 87 times in the Bible.

                                              

Acts 2:1-4 ~ 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.

 

The Day of Pentecost was one of the most phenomenal and important events in all of history. There are several reasons why the event was so important:

  • It was “the coming of the Holy Spirit.”
  • It was the birth of the church
  • It was the corporate filling of the Holy Spirit, of the body of believers with the promised presence of Christ
  • It was the personal filling of the individual believer by the Holy Spirit
  • It was the Presence and Power of God coming upon believers, gifting and equipping them to proclaim the glorious message of salvation to men

 

Pentecost was a glorious day of celebration, a day when the people were to heap praise and thanksgiving upon God. Why? The harvest of the fields, the exodus, and the giving of the law upon Mt. Sinai.

 

Notice the parallel of what they were thankful for and what we celebrate as Pentecost Sunday:

  • When “Pentecost was fully come” the first fruits were born – the church itself and the first harvest of souls. The new beginning, that is, the filling of the Holy Spirit, began fifty days after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit had a very specific purpose. The Holy Spirit was to live and work within the heart of man, to deliver and free him from the enslavements of this world – from sin, death and hell. The Holy Spirit came to set man at liberty even as God had delivered the Jews out of Egyptian slavery.
  • The coming of the Holy Spirit was two things:
    • It was the birth of the church, the new people of God. People who truly came to God were now to be sealed and known by the presence of the Holy Spirit, by His very presence within their hearts and lives.

 

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (ESV) ~ And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

 
  • It was the institution of the new law, the new rule and principle of God. Man is now to be guided by the Spirit who empowers him to live right and to serve Christ.

 

John 16:13 (ESV) ~ When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV) ~ The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

 

 

Obedience ~ Man was obeying God. The believers where in “one place” in the city of Jerusalem precisely where Christ told them to go and wait upon the coming of the Holy Spirit. They were obedient – obedient despite the great danger the Jerusalem authorities posed to them. One thing is absolutely essential if a believer wants to receive from the fulness of God’s Spirit: obedience.

 

Unity ~ There was the spirit of being in one accord, the same mind or spirit, oneness of mind and heart. It means to be one in spirit and purpose. The believers, all 120 of them, were of the same spirit and mind. The idea is they were after the same thing, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They were focusing and concentrating their thoughts and energy upon seeking God for the promise of His Spirit. One Accord:

  • One Accord in prayer (Acts 1:14; 4:24)
  • One Accord in one place (Acts 2:1)
  • One Accord in daily worship and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:46; 5:12)
  • One Accord in obedience (Acts 8:6)
  • One Accord in a business meeting (Acts 15:25)
  • One Accord is needed to glorify God (Romans 15:6)

 

Suddenly ~ The Holy Spirit suddenly, abruptly, unexpectedly, abrupt happening, something that jolts and startles a person. God was dramatizing the supernatural and precious significance of the event.
 
 
Pastor Andy Lambert