Of Inspiration From Our Pastor
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
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.
May 31, 2020