Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | May 18, 2010

Pentecost: The Gateway To Heaven

 

Pentecost is historically and symbolically related to the Jewish harvest festival of Shavuot, which commemorates God giving the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai fifty days after the Exodus. Among Christians, Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the New Testament Acts of the Apostles 2:31 during these Jewish “fiftieth day” celebrations in Jerusalem. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described as the “Birthday of the Church”. 

John 3:5 gives us words that came directly from our Saviours mouth in order to be with him forever. Jesus clearly said “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” We find this very born again experience put into action when we see Peters command in Acts 2:38 “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 a phenomenal baptismal service that took place after these words were preached. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” (Acts 2:41) 

Pentecost is important to us not because of music, not because of tambourines and drums, but because it literally makes you eligible for ETERNAL LIFE! 

Imagine streets of gold, no more crying, no more dying, and living with Jesus in an atmosphere untainted with sin. Resurrected love ones and Saints of old will be there. Dont you want to go? However, to enter the kingdom, to experience eternal life, you must be born of water and spirit. Pentecost is your gateway to heaven. 

As we reflect on Pentecost this week, let us cherish and embrace our heaven bound ticket by getting as many people as possible to see that through Pentecost, you get to have eternal life with Christ the Lord.


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