Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | May 3, 2009

Day 3: Pentecost! What does all of this mean?

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

What does all of this mean? Pentecost? Tongues? The sound of a mighty rushing wind? Again I ask, what does all of this mean?????????? Well, get your bible out once again and turn with me to Acts 2:14-39 and today we are going to read the MESSAGE version of the Bible (this is for easy reading since I don’t want you to fall asleep reading the thee’s and thou’s).

That’s when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: “Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren’t drunk as some of you suspect. They haven’t had time to get drunk—it’s only nine o’clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:

   “In the Last Days,” God says,
   “I will pour out my Spirit
      on every kind of people:
   Your sons will prophesy,
      also your daughters;
   Your young men will see visions,
      your old men dream dreams.
   When the time comes,
      I’ll pour out my Spirit
   On those who serve me, men and women both,
      and they’ll prophesy.
   I’ll set wonders in the sky above
      and signs on the earth below,
   Blood and fire and billowing smoke,
      the sun turning black and the moon blood-red,
   Before the Day of the Lord arrives,
      the Day tremendous and marvelous;
   And whoever calls out for help
      to me, God, will be saved.”

  “Fellow Israelites, listen carefully to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man thoroughly accredited by God to you—the miracles and wonders and signs that God did through him are common knowledge—this Jesus, following the deliberate and well-thought-out plan of God, was betrayed by men who took the law into their own hands, and was handed over to you. And you pinned him to a cross and killed him. But God untied the death ropes and raised him up. Death was no match for him. David said it all:

   I saw God before me for all time.
      Nothing can shake me; he’s right by my side.
   I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic;
      I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope.
   I know you’ll never dump me in Hades;
      I’ll never even smell the stench of death.
   You’ve got my feet on the life-path,
      with your face shining sun-joy all around.

“Dear friends, let me be completely frank with you. Our ancestor David is dead and buried—his tomb is in plain sight today. But being also a prophet and knowing that God had solemnly sworn that a descendant of his would rule his kingdom, seeing far ahead, he talked of the resurrection of the Messiah—’no trip to Hades, no stench of death.’ This Jesus, God raised up. And every one of us here is a witness to it. Then, raised to the heights at the right hand of God and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out the Spirit he had just received. That is what you see and hear. For David himself did not ascend to heaven, but he did say,

   God said to my Master, “Sit at my right hand
   Until I make your enemies a stool for resting your feet.” “All Israel, then, know this: There’s no longer room for doubt—God made him Master and Messiah, this Jesus whom you killed on a cross.”

 Cut to the quick, those who were there listening asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?”

 Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.”

Pentecost comes to give us the power of the Holy Ghost! Pentecost comes to give us salvation through the only saving Name which is Jesus! Pentecost comes to give you direct communication to God through speaking another language to Him. Pentecost comes to strip us from all worldly evils in both inward and outward appearance. Finally, Pentecost comes to make you a holy witness of the Power of Christ. PENTECOST IS FOR YOU!

So today, we answer the question “what does all of this mean”? Well, simply put it, Pentecost happened to bring salvation to us all (so that we all can get to heaven and live eternally with Christ our Lord). When we ask ourselves what all of this means, we can rely on the scripture to point us in the direction of Pentecost which is found in Acts 2:38. We are to repent (have Godly sorrow), we are to be baptised in water fully immersed taking on the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remissions (forgiveness) of our sins, and then we are to receive the Holy Ghost (which as we have read) is evident by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives us the utterance. THIS CONSIST OF THE NEW BIRTH EXPERIENCE. There is no other formula for baptism, no other mode for being saved, no other options but the Bible’s true mandate. You wont find it anywhere else in scripture that someone after Pentecost was saved any other way but through being born again of the water (water baptism in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ) and being born of the Spirit (receiving the Holy Ghost with the external evidence of speaking in tongues).

In the days to come we are going to discuss why did God choose tongues and why we must be baptised in Jesus Name. Stay tuned as we move forward to May 31st which is Pentecost Sunday 2009.

Speaking of Pentecost. Do yall remember this song growing up in holiness? I miss those days.


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