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I have written this week with the Lord's help about "The Significance of the Day of Pentecost." The scripture text for this article comes from the book of Acts. This book is the only book of history in the New Testament. The purpose for writing the book of Acts was to provide "us" with a history of the establishment and growth of the apostolic church. The whole name of this book is "The Acts of the Apostles," and it is also called "The Acts of the Holy Spirit" by some scholars. The book contains = 28 chapters and is centered around two main characters: Peter and Paul. The author of the book of Acts is Luke, the beloved physician, who was a traveling companion with the apostle Paul, and eye-witness to many of the events written in this book. (Acts 27:1) (Colossians 4:14) (II Timothy 4:11). The book of Acts begins with the ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:9-11) and ends with Paul being imprisoned in Rome, and starting his ministry there. (Acts 28:28-31).
For this Pastor's Desk, we want to focus our attention on what happened on the Day of Pentecost, and its significance. The word, significance, means = the real or implied meaning. It also means = importance. The Day of Pentecost was very important. It was a day and a time when God decided to make a change which was outstanding; he would send the Holy Ghost to take up its abode in the hearts of the human family and abide there with them forever. Jesus said, And I will pray the father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16, 17). After Jesus' ascension into heaven from the Mount called Olivet, the apostles returned to Jerusalem. They went up into an upper room and continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, and the number of names together was about one hundred and twenty souls. They were waiting or tarrying for the promise of the Holy Ghost. They were there in the upper room for ten more days before the Day of Pentecost was fully come. The word, Pentecost, means = "fiftieth." Fifty days after Jesus' resurrection, the Holy Ghost came upon those who were in the upper room. Read (Acts 1:9-15).
The Bible says in our scripture text for this article (Acts 2:1-4) and when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? . . . And they were amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, "What meaneth this?" Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine. Read (Acts 2:5-13). The apostle Peter, standing up with the eleven apostles, preaches to them a dynamic sermon about what has happened on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem in 33 A.D. He says to this multitude of nations, these are not drunken as you suppose, seeing this is only the third hour (9:00am) of the day. But this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel in his book. What they saw and experienced was a fulfillment of the Old Testament scripture found in (Joel 2:28-32A). God said, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh in the last days. They shall prophesy, they shall see visions, and dream dreams. On my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. God said, I will shew wonders in the heavens above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood and fire and vapor of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Read (Acts 2:14-21). The Day of Pentecost was significant because it would be a time when God's Spirit (the Holy Ghost) would come into the hearts of the believers in Jesus Christ. It would become a part of their born again experience of the water and the Spirit according to (John 3:5-8) and (Acts 2:37, 38). God's living presence would abide in our hearts forever. The Day of Pentecost marked the beginning of a new covenant, and a new way of the receiving of the salvation of our soul. The apostolic church was born on the Day of Pentecost. The Significance of the Day of Pentecost goes on, and on, and on! We do not have room in this article to write about it! Thank God for the Day of Pentecost today!

Suffragan Bishop Charles L. Smith, D.D.
May 31, 2020



 

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