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The Power, Promise and Purpose of Pentecost

Revd Steve - 03 Jun 2017

John Stott “Before Christ sen the Church into the world, He sent the Spirit into the Church. the same order must be observed today.”

There is much confusion over the giving of The Holy Spirit, firstly He was always there, secondly Jesus had already ‘breathed upon His disciples’ and they came back with glorious testimonies. Thirdly, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit three times in the upper room discourse: John 14:26; 15:26 and 16:13. The Holy Spirit was already moving in the life and ministry of Jesus and the disciples, He was ‘falling on them’ but didn't dwell within them. Pentecost was the “plug in time” the connection with the mains supply, we got hooked up with God!

Many Christians today believe that Pentecost was ONLY for the first century Church (secessionists), a ‘kick-start’ as it were for the young embryonic Church to “go into all the world..…" This doesn’t stand up theologically, historically or experiential. The apostle Paul writes: “go on being filled” (Eph 5:18) its in the continuous tense. Historically, the testimony of many disciples of Jesus throughout history also prevails as well as the countless personal and corporate experiences, Azusa street, the Hebridean revival, the welsh revival etc.

In Acts 2 we witness 3 P’s that support Christ’s continuous work here on earth as it is in heaven.

The Spirit of PROMISE: ‘When the day of Pentecost (harvest festival) came, they were all together in one place’ (vs1) The disciples were following Jesus’ instructions to wait 10 days, ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised (vs14). We, too, are unable to control God’s Spirit, but we can trust His plans for our lives. Like the surfer waiting to catch the wave, timing is everything if we want to be used by Him, but like very ocean, there will always be another wave, if we happen to miss one, another will soon be coming, all we need to do is be ready, watching, waiting and ready to respond.

The Spirit as POWER: ‘All of them were filled with he Holy Spirit’ (vs4) Just as we are dependent on electric power in our homes, we need the Spirit to continuously impart His power, His gifts and His fruit into our daily lives. It is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead that lives in us - no wonder Paul wrote: 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know, that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit’. 

There is no longer a temple in Jerusalem where God presides “let us go to the house of the Lord” because we are now that dwelling place, ‘He that is in us is greater that he that is in the world.’ 

The Spirit’s PURPOSE.The disciples began to speak in other tongues (languages) as the Spirit enabled them.’ (Vs4)

The Curtain was torn and we now have access to God, the seal of the spirit has been written across our hearts, so that the fruit (the character of Christ) and the power (the ministry of Christ) can be displayed before one another and the world. 

All Christians have the Holy Spirit, this happens at baptism but not all Christians are baptised IN The Holy Spirit, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “you must be born of water (baptism - belief) and The Spirit’ (power and equipping). There is a second baptism which many have not yet received. 

The promise and empowering of the Holy Spirit enables believers to sense God’s immediate presence, to minister like Christ and live as He did in character - ‘love, joy, peace….…’ (Gal 5) Christians are Christians because the word means ‘little Christ’s’. We are filled essentially to love those God sends to us, we, like Christ are to empty ourselves of me so we have He in us who is greater.

God’s Pentecostal purpose was that we share this love before a world desperately in need of it.

‘before Pentecost the disciples found it hard to do easy things; after Pentecost they found it easy to do hard things’ (A J Gordon)  Amen.

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