Monday, May 18, 2015

Acts 2:1-21 The Coming of the Spirit

KEY TEXT: Acts 2:1-2 Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

KEY THOT : The coming of the Spirit is a temporal event. It was visible and observable: it happened at a particular place (upper room) on a particular day & time (Day of Pentecost at 9:00 o'clock in the morning) and was seen, heard and experienced by the 120 disciples and visitors to Jerusalem. 

On the Day of Pentecost, the invisible Spirit becomes visible and His manifest presence became observable at one location and on one occasion. It is not to be confused with the omnipresence of the Spirit which is God's presence everywhere at any time--regardless of whether people are aware of it or not. But on the Day of Pentecost, the disciples were aware that something unusual had happened: they saw tongues of fire and they heard sound like a mighty wind. Of course, they experienced the supernatural sign of speaking in languages they had never learned before: "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” (v.7-8).

I must not be content with just having a correct theology of the Spirit—I need to have a corresponding experience of His presence and power in my ministry. Theology is just a means to an end--the end is power for kingdom ministry. It's the Spirit’s power that will enable me to engage the enemy in the supernatural ministry of evangelism and spiritual warfare. So Paul wrote in 1 Cor 4:20, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” 

In every ministry I engage in—whether preaching, teaching, mentoring or counselling—I must rely on the Spirit’s revelation and wisdom, not just on my own theological training. Only the Spirit can grant me word of wisdom and knowledge, discerning of spirits and gifts of faith, healing and deliverance to set people free from their bondages.

Father, I thank You for Pentecost, for from that Day onwards, the church has become a supernatural entity, filled with Your Spirit and power to engage in the kingdom mission of saving the lost. Amen.

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