Today we look at an exciting passage in the book of Acts that is of great importance. The day of Pentecost has historically been celebrated in the church on the 7th Sunday after Easter, celebrating the Holy Spirit coming upon believers in a fresh and unique way. Jesus promised that after his resurrection, the Holy Spirit would be present with them. We this see in John 14:26, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit was given selectively and temporarily; but following the ascension of Jesus, the Holy Spirit indwells all true believers. We see this in our passage today!
Believers Receive the Holy Spirit (1-4)
If you have not had a time where a rushing wind and tongues of fire descended on you, there’s no need to worry! Scholars believe that this new outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the reason for this unique experience. For believer today, the Holy Spirit indwells you when you repent of your sin and believe in Jesus for the first time. There are times where believers are more “filled” with the Holy Spirit than others, but if you have a true relationship with Jesus you have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of you.
The Holy Spirit Unites Believers (5-13)
According to Acts 2, speaking in tongues in this context refers to believers being able to understand one another, even when they speak different natural languages. This points us to the fact that the Holy Spirit is the one commonality between all true believers in Christ. In the past, when I have been in places like El Salvador, worshipping with 6,000+ people who I have never met, sitting in a service I can’t understand, there is still a feeling of commonality that is hard to explain. As I watch them pray and respond to God’s Word, there is something that seems to connect us. The Holy Spirit unites believers when they would otherwise not be united.
This passage is one of the greatest passages in Acts because receiving the Holy Spirit is one of the greatest graces that God has shown His people. The Holy Spirit leads us, fills us, convicts us, protects us, and more. When is the last time that you thanked God for the Holy Spirit?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice