Pentecost ~ Holy Spirit

Pentecost ~ Holy Spirit


Acts 2:2-4 (ESV) ~ 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.



There was the Spirit’s infilling…


Notice the word “suddenly.” The Holy Spirit came suddenly, abruptly, unexpectedly, the kind of abrupt happening that jolts and startles a person. God was dramatizing the supernatural and precious significance of the event.


  • There was a mighty sound that filled the room.
    • The sound was from heave, that is, from God. It came from God’s activity, not from the activity of natural causes upon earth. It was supernatural.
    • It was of a rushing mighty wind. It was not wind, but a sound like the deafening roar or blast of a strong wind.
    • The sound filled all the house, that is, it was localized upon the house where they were sitting. Why?
      • First, the people need to be startled and alarmed, attracted to gather from all over the place to see what was happening. An audience needed to gather from the first preaching of the gospel.
      • Second, the mighty power of the Spirit needed to be dramatized for the disciples. They needed strong confidence instilled within them in order to stand and preach the gospel before the very persons who had crucified the Lord and was after them.
      • Third, the disciples would learn how Christ wanted them to preach the gospel. The presence of the Holy Spirit upon them would either bring people flocking from all over, asking what had happened, or lead them to the people whom they were to reach.
    • There was the appearance of cloven tongues. The idea is that a single tongue appeared and then began to split and divide itself, resting upon each of the disciples.
      • The tongues were not fire, but like fire; that is, they only looked like fire. They were a brilliant, fire-like substance created by God to dramatize the moment of the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples.
      • The tongue of fire that first appeared symbolized the presence of the Holy Spirit which was to dwell in the midst of God’s people as a whole.
      • Note also that the Spirit appeared in the form of a tongue of fire. The tongue symbolizes the instrument of speaking and preaching and sharing the gospel. The Holy Spirit was to be the burning power of the tongue, of the convicting message to be proclaimed.


A critical point is often ignored and neglected. The command to be filled with the Spirit is still God’s command to every believer, both individually and corporately (the church).


  • Ephesians 5:18 (ESV) ~ … be filled with the Spirit,
  • Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.


The disciples were given the gifts of the Spirit to carry on the work of the ministry upon earth. This fact is not mentioned here, although it is certainly to be demonstrated in the preaching and witnessing about to take place. The giving of the Spirit’s gifts is covered in Ephesians.

Ephesians 4:8, 11-12 (ESV) ~ Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” … And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ
Pastor Andy Lambert

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