Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | May 2, 2009

Day 2: The Day Of Pentecost According To The New Testament

Yesterday we learned some valuable information concerning the origins of Pentecost (which in the Old Testament was called the Feast of Weeks / Harvest). Today we will be taking a look at the events that led up to Pentecost.

First things first, we have to recognize that after the Resurrection, Jesus told his disciples to not leave Jerusalem (Acts 1:4) but to wait for the gift of the Holy Ghost to baptise them (Acts 1:5). Let me point out that Jesus IS the Holy Ghost. How do I know this? Lets go to John 14:26 which clearly says

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

As you can see from the above verse, that NAME would be JESUS! Moving on, Jesus promises the disciples that they will receive power when the Holy Ghost comes on them and that they will be witnesses in Jerusalem and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

Acts 2:1-11 says 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 marvelled, 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?Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

So here we have it. The pilgrimage to Jersualem (as we learned yesterday) had taken place. Men from all parts of the World were gathered in Jersualem to celebrate Pentecost HOWEVER they had no clue (since this was a Jewish holy day) that the Holy Ghost was going to fall on that day. You see, God stratigecally made sure once again that the Jews had an opportunity to hear the gospel one more time before salvation was preached to the gentiles. It all begins at Jerusalem. It all began with the Jews, the chosen people.

Whats special about the outpouring of the Holy Ghost is that it is accompanied by signs and wonders. The sound of a mighty wind coupled with tongues. Something that made onlookers stop and wonder what was going on (Acts 2:6). Lets point out that the initial tongues that were spoken were “unlearned languages”. We know this because each person that was gathered heard them speaking in their own language and everyone was utterly amazed. WOW! What a Pentecostal experience! (Acts 2:7-8) Also in Acts 2:11 also tells us that they heard the people in the upper room declaring the wonders of God in their own tongues (languages). They were so amazed and perplexed that they asked one another “WHAT DOES THIS MEAN??????????” (which is tomorrow’s topic).

So, from a New Testament perspective (which now is the beginning of the Christian Church) we learned today the following: A) Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem and not to leave. B) Jesus instructed them that the Holy Ghost would fall as they waited. C) The Holy Ghost (which gives you the power you need to live right and be a witness for Christ) falls on the 120 simultaneously while Jews from around the world were gathered to give thanks unto God for His many blessings (a pilgrimage). D) People heard the 120 declaring the wonders of God in their own native language (tongues). However the big question has yet to be answered. WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN???? (Acts 2:12)

In conclusion, we can clearly see from a New Testament Church perspective how Pentecost would be an ideal holy day for the Holy Ghost to fall. God knew exactly what He was doing when He poured His Spirit out on that glorious day. Tune in tomorrow to find out what all of this means.


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