The book of Acts is a profound and unique book of the Bible. It stands on its own. It is about the movement or actions of the first Christian church after Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again. It was the application of what Jesus poured into the disciples in His 3 short years of ministry and the instructions He gave them before He ascended to His heavenly throne. His last instruction is found in Acts chapter 1,
4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Then Jesus told them why they were to wait
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
This promise of a power they have never experienced before was awaiting them but it was on God’s time table. This power was described by Paul to the Colossian church
Colossians 1:27, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
This mystery was described by Jesus in John 14:26 as, “the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.” Not only is the Holy Ghost described as a Comforter but also fire accompanied this Spirit of God. The Holy Ghost was to bring them into all truth and teach and give power!
In the beginning moments of Acts chapter 2, we find the disciples gathered together as instructed and there totaled 120 including the mother of Christ Jesus, Mary. This just so happened to also be the day of celebration called Pentecost, which was 50 days since the day of Passover. On this auspicious day, God chose this day as the day that Joel’s prophecy of the outpouring of God’s spirit upon all flesh would occur (Joel 2:28).
The account reads, Acts 2:1-4
1 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.
What’s even more amazing about this account, is this still happens in our day! The outpouring of God’s Spirit is continuing even now! This is a personal Pentecost that is part and parcel of the salvation message that Peter preached just a few verses later in Acts 2:38 & 39,
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Everyone has the promise of a Personal Pentecost! Jesus said it and it was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
This “so great salvation” was preached by the Apostle Peter and is still carried out today!
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God be praised!!
- Pastor N. Torsy