Remembering Pentecost

Posted by Site Admin On 10:45 AM

by Samuel Geroy
Acts 2:1-39
   The month of May also reminds us of a very important celebration. It brings us back to the coming of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts 2:1-39. The Spirit came in fulfillment of God's promise to send the Holy Spirit so that the church of Jesus Christ will be able to preach the gospel to all the world (Acts 1:8, Matthew 24:4-14, 28:19-20, Leviticus 23:15-25) and then the end will come.

   On that day of Pentecost, three thousand people came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Amazing love, worship, prayer and power in witnessing was shown by believers of Jesus Christ.
   These happenings show us that the Holy Spirit is indeed given as the down payment and seal of our salvation (2 Corinthians 5:5, Ephesians 1:13).  In response, the Bible teaches and God wants us to be filled by the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), not to grieve Him because of sin (Ephesians 4:30) and not to quench His working in our lives (I Thessalonians 5:19).
   Apostle Paul then tells us to walk or live in the Spirit and not to submit to the lust of our flesh (Galatians 5:16).  He also reminds us to live out the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) as needed in our daily lives.
   Concerning the character of God that relates to our humanity, the Holy Spirit shows the character of motherhood.  Isaiah 66:13 says that God is as a mother who comforts Jerusalem.  In Isaiah 49:16 it says that as a mother cannot forget her baby so the Lord cannot forget Jerusalem because God has engraved her in the palm of His hands.  Just as the tribes of Israel are engraved in the precious stones of the Urim and Thummim in the Ephod in the breast of the High priest, so God never forgets His people Israel.
   In the new testament, God teaches that believers are born into faith in Jesus Christ; the family of God as requirement for salvation (John 1:13, 3:3, 6).  Other motherhood ministries of God's Spirit are written in the Bible - feeding, caring, protecting, teaching, filling, nourishing, comforting, guiding, loving and many others.
   Putting together all of the above truths, the coming of the Holy Spirit is truly a significant event that ushered the Church age and will end when the Spirit is taken away (2 Thessalonians 2:7).