The Purpose and Power of Pentecost Acts 1:5-8
The word “Pentecost” designates the 50th day after Passover, which was a Feast Day. It is also known as the Feast of Weeks or Feast of Harvest.It was on this day, in the Book of Acts, that the Holy Spirit was poured out on 120 followers of Christ who were gathered in an Upper Room in Jerusalem. It was on this day that the Church was born in a Blaze of Glory. I believe that the average Christian is much like the Ephesian believers when the Apostle Paul came to them in Acts 19:2 and said to them – did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?
They replied that they didn’t even know that there was a Holy Spirit. Many Christians do not understand the role of the Holy Spirit and they have not appropriated the power of the Holy Spirit in their own personal life. One Baptist Preacher said, “Pentecost is not a denomination, but is an experience every blood–bought child of God should receive.”
We are privileged to live in a generation when God is again pouring out His Spirit in a mighty way. The rain of the Holy Spirit is falling on the dry, religious ground of our day to give sweet refreshing to weary-hearted Christians and also to prepare the precious fruit of the earth for harvest. In Peter’s sermon, Acts 2:38-39NIV, Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.” In effect, he said this outpouring of the Spirit is not a special blessing for a special few in a special age.
Many of us have allowed the devil and religious tradition to rob us of the power of God. The promise of the Holy Spirit is for all people who receive the call to repentance. Since God is still calling men unto salvation: THE PROMISE IS GOOD NOW!! Have You Received Your Pentecost? InActs 2:38, Peter said, “The Promise is unto you.” If you are a Christian, if you are saved, the Gift of the Holy Spirit is for you! Jesus is God’s Special Gift for the world, for the sinner, for God so loved the World that He gave His only Son … The Holy Spirit is God’s special gift for the Christian. Jesus said inLuke 11:13, How much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him.
Receiving Jesus will give you power to be a Child of God. Receiving the Holy Spirit will give you power to serve Christ by being His anointed witness. Let us not be satisfied until we
receive the Promise. Let us reach out with arms open wide in faith and say, yes, Lord, I take what you give. Fill me with the Holy Spirit!