10 days after Jesus Christ’s ascension, He sent the Holy Spirit back to earth 2000 years ago today known as Pentecost which means the 50th day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Lord as He has promised
John 16:7 & Acts 1:8 “I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.” “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Around 9:00am in the Morning, as a 120 disciples assembled in the upper room they received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Acts 2:1-5 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.
The Promise of The Holy Spirit
Not only did Jesus Christ promised the Holy Spirit, but it has been prophesied hundreds of years prior to the day of Pentecost, that the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon all flesh, meaning all classes of mankind (rich & poor, slave & free, young & old, King & servant, ministers & common people, Jews & Gentiles of all nations, tribes, language and dialects).
Joel 2:28-29 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.
Why is this so significant? All people who believe, knows and loves Jesus Christ and repents from sinning can receive the Holy Spirit, John 14:15-17 If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
In the Old Testament, the only ones who could received the infilling Holy Spirit were, Judges, Kings, Priest’s and Prophets of whom God appointed only. But Jesus Christ emphasizes, God will give the Holy Spirit who loves Jesus Christ and keeps His commandment’s and what are His commandments? His word, The Holy Bible
John 14:23-24 If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.
In Acts 2:17-18, the Apostle Peter whom was among the 120 others who were there in the upper room at the day of Pentecost, where they received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, ministered what was prophesied by Joel. And the Holy Spirit who was speaking through the Apostle Peter profoundly added, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
We always think about the “last days” as being some future event. But when you look at the Scriptures closely, you will realize that the last days is referring to now. So when was the beginning of the last days? If the Holy Spirit is poured out in the last days starting from the day of Pentecost, than Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension marks the beginning of the end 2000 years ago. We are that much closer to the coming of the Lord as the Apostle Peter continues to minister by the Holy Spirit what Joel already prophesied,
Acts 2:19-21 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: (talking about the sign of the rapture of the church age, not the second coming of Christ, Matthew 24:29-31) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Joel 2:30-32).
The Importance of The Holy Spirit
A Christian cannot see (understand the spiritual mysteries of God, the Holy Bible) or enter the Kingdom of Heaven without the Holy Spirit. Jesus specifically ministered this in
John 3:3;5-8 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” “Jesus answered, 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.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
A sinner cannot believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah without the help and illumination of the Holy Spirit. In as much as a Born-again Christian with the Holy Spirit does not blaspheme His name, nor can a Christian proclaim, “Jesus Christ is Lord” without the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
The Works of The Holy Spirit
There is much that the Holy Spirit does on earth hourly, every day since His return 2000 years ago today. This is not a exhaustive study, but will only be a brief highlight. The Holy Spirit is the agent of convicting sinners of their sins. What is conviction? ‘The process of being condemned by ones own conscience as a sinner because of God’s demands… through the means of the Holy Bible’ (according to the Illistrated Dictionary of The Bible pg. 250). To a Christian, it is also a strong belief though being convinced by the Holy Spirit.
John 16:8-11 And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on Me; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
The Holy Spirit is the illuminator of all truth of the Holy Bible. John 14:26 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.
John 16:13-15 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.
Pentecost is not a denomination. Pentecost is the movement of the Holy Spirit of God Most High! And those who has not the Holy Spirit is dead spiritually, until one becomes born-again. How is a Christian “born-again? John 3:5 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
“Born of water” refers to water baptism, not the ritual itself, but action from the heart. What does water baptism symbolises? Repentance. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance (Matthew 3:11).”
What is repentance? Stop from sinning. There are two people (that we know of) whom Jesus Christ commanded to stop sinning. The amount of people is not the focus here, but what kind of people did the Lord Jesus speak to. He spoke to a man who was sick (John 5:14) and a woman who was caught red-handed in sin general, namely adultery (John 8:10-11).
Roman 6:1-14 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For He that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
“Born of the Spirit” is referring to the Holy Spirit, where a Christian has life in the Spirit of God and is a “new creation” in Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore we are alive spiritually and live by the Spirit of God and walk not after the dictates of the sinful flesh no longer
Roman 8:1-13 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
In order to be “born-again,” a Christian must stop sinning in order to receive the Holy Spirit John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
God will not give His Holy Spirit to impenitent, unholy, dirty, sinful temples. This is why the world cannot receive Him. Jesus Christ likened the Holy Spirit as wind, John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Here’s the reason why. In Genesis 2:7, God breathed life in the nostrils of Adam, the “breath” of life and he became a living soul. The word breath here in the Hebrew is “Nephesh” which is defined as life, breath; soul and wind. This word is referring as the soul of man. But this word is not used as the word “wind” in John 3:8. The word “wind” in the Hebrew is “Ruwach” which is defined as breath, wind (breath of God) and life-Spirit (Gods soul). The Holy Spirit in the Hebrew is Ruach Ha’Kodesh.
This is why the Holy Spirit was announced on arrival by a mighty rushing wind (Acts 2:2). It is God breathing His Holy Spirit into His children who believe and follow Jesus Christ as Lord. So this definition is revealing, when God breath’s His breath into the soul of man, He becomes alive spiritually, where born-again Christians can have a close relationship, fellowship and communion with God daily through Jesus Christ. And can understand and receive the truth of the Holy Bible.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, all humanity died spiritually, thus all are naturally born as sinners, being dead spiritually, separated from God. But when a sinner believe Jesus Christ is Savior and Lord (by the help of the Holy Spirit, and by illumination of Holy Bible truth) and repents from sinning, therefore God breathes life in the heart and thus is born-again. A resuscitation occurs since Adam and Eve was once living spiritually before sin, thus we, living spiritually again by the Holy Spirit who is Gods very breath, wind and soul
The Gifts of The Holy Spirit
Christian’s cannot operate in any ministry and gifts without the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-31). Before Jesus Christ sent out His disciples to evangelize His Gospel, He first gave them power of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 10:1 & 7-8 “And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
Remember in Act 2:18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Notice, “My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit” These are Christians, both men and women whom God will pour out His Spirit and dwell not only upon them but also be in them (John 14:17). To do what? “And they shall prophesy” What are prophets? They are ministers of God. They don’t just prophesy event’s that hasn’t happened yet according to a revelation of God. But they were also appointed and anointed by God to warn people of what’s to come if they do not repent from sinning and turn to God. In essence, they preached the Gospel of Salvation
Jeremiah in the Old Testament is a perfect example of this. Prophets hear from God directly and preach the Word of the LORD by the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit just like Jesus Christ preached. The Holy Spirit is given us, not just for a seal of a guarantee (2 Corinthians 1:21-22), but to also preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to pray in the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). This is why the Holy Spirit of God is vitally important to all Christians. He is a must have.
The Book of Acts is not about the exploits of the Apostles and the 1st Century Church. It is about the Acts of the Holy Spirit. So this is what continues to happened today, 2000 years ago after His disciples received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and still continues on today,
Acts 2-4 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. And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
The Holy Spirit Anoints The Apostle Peter To Preach
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour (9:00am) of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that He should be holden of it.
For David speaketh concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with Thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell (sheol, the grave), neither His flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on My right hand, Until I make Thy foes Thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked (convicted) in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Jesus Christ’s Church Grows
And they continued stedfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Chapter 3 A Lame Man Healed
Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour (3:00pm). And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
Wonders of God Gives Opportunity To Preaching The Gospel of Jesus Christ
And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate (John 19), when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of Life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
And through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fulfilled.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; Him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever He shall say unto you.
And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in Thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. “Unto you first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Chapter 4:1-5 John And Peter Arrested For Preaching The Gospel
And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide (night). Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.