[The fulfillment of the promise of God to send the Holy Spirit of God
upon His Church and His people is the heart of this passage of scripture.
God really did send the Holy Spirit to baptize and indwell all born
again believers and it all started on this day in history.
We refer to this event as the day of Pentecost.
Of Pentecost we know,]
means "fiftieth." It is the New Testament name for the Feast of Weeks (Ex.
34:22-23), or Harvest (Ex.
23:16), which was
celebrated fifty days after Passover. In post-exilic Judaism, it also
celebrated the giving of the Law to Moses. The Spirit's coming on that day
was linked to the pattern of feasts in the Old Testament.]
New Testament timetable is pictured in the feasts of
The first great feast mentioned in that chapter is Passover. The killing of
the passover lamb pictured the death of Jesus Christ, the ultimate Passover
Cor. 5:7). A second feast
was the Feast of Unleavened Bread, celebrated on the day after Passover.
During that feast, an offering of the first fruits of the grain harvest was
commands that offering to be made on the day after the sabbath. . . .
[Hence, we discover the harmony between the Old Testament and the New
Testament. Our Lord Jesus Christ
and the sending of the Holy Spirit were pictured in the Levitical sacrifices
and ceremonies. The Old
Testament enfolds what is revealed in the New Testament. Jesus really did
come to fulfill the law, not to destroy it (Matt 5.17).]
In Our Text We Discover,
The Prerequisite To The Holy
Spirit (vs 1) [– There
was absolutely nothing that any human being could do to bring the
fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit was given by the sovereign will and act of Almighty
God’s Timing (vs 1; Gal
And when the day of Pentecost was
. . . – Knowing God’s will is important, but knowing God’s timing is
just as important as knowing God’s will.
From the beginning of time God promised to send a Messiah, the
Christ. For thousands of years
God’s people, throughout the Old Testament, wondered when God would keep His
promise. The New Testament
But when the fulness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the
law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.]
[Why was the day
of our Lord’s birth the fullness of time?
Why was the day of our Lord’s death the selected moment?
Why was the sunrise of our Lord’s resurrection the perfect time?
Only Almighty God knows.
But we can know and trust that He really does know exactly what He is
[Our Lord, Jesus
Christ, had promised to send the comforter, the Holy Spirit, to illuminate
and empower the Church. But who
could know when or where the Holy Spirit would come.
The Day of Pentecost was that day, and the Holy Spirit came at the
exact moment when He was supposed to come.]
[Our Lord has
promised that a day of Rapture in coming.
On that day every born again child of God will be transformed into a
glorious eternity, a wonderful perfection, an everlasting existence and
kingdom. But our Lord also
But of that day and that
hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray:
for ye know not when the time is.]
[The fullness of
time will come when our Heavenly Father determines that the time has come.
We must trust Him and obey Him until that moment arrives.]
[Pentecost was the
moment of the giving of the promise of the Holy Spirit of God to all who are
born again in this dispensation of Grace.
A completely new work had begun as we will discover as we continue to
examine this special day of Pentecost.]
Terms (vs 1; Psalm 133.1; 1 Pet 3.8-12) [-
. . . they were all with one accord in
one place. – As we noted earlier, there is nothing anyone could do to
bring the Holy Spirit of God, but the text notes their accord or unity when
the Holy Spirit came. If there
is anything we need to learn as the Children of our Heavenly Father it is
that God does not negotiate with sin bent mortal human beings, even if we
think we are the most spiritual individual in the county or nation.
Too many Christians claim God as their Lord while they sit enthroned
within their own minds somehow thinking that God will bend to their bidding.
What am I talking about?]
[When it comes to
unity in the Church of our Lord, there is no negotiating on the part of our
Lord. God places a multitude of
people within HIS Church body.
They are all different and have different characteristics, purposes, and
ministries (1 Cor 12). Some you
will get along with very well, you will find them a joy to talk to and an
encouragement to be around. Some
you will find you can hardly stand to be around (in a mortal sense), you
will find them difficult to understand and will find it easier to just avoid
them. So who is in the wrong
when you find another person or family hard to do God’s kingdom work with?
Of course you will justify yourself and will claim, it’s not you, it
must be them. But I tell you
unity is not negotiable with our Heavenly Father.
You had better grow up spiritually and get a grip on your own heart
and mind, because you do not get to choose who is in God’s Church, but you
are required to be in one accord with them.]
- ὁμοθυμαδὸν (Gk) – adv. from
unanimous, of one mind, which is from
homós (n.f.), one and the
temperament, mind. With one mind, with unanimous consent, in one accord, all
together (Acts 1:14; 2:1, 46; 4:24; 5:12; 7:57; 8:6; 12:20; 15:25; 18:12;
19:29; Rom. 15:6;Sept.: Ex. 19:8; Jer. 26:21). ]
were all together before they received the Holy Spirit.
Why do we have trouble getting our minds together after we have the
Holy Spirit in us? It is all a
matter of being submissive to God rather than individual in heart and mind.
If there is anything Americans or human beings are, we are
individualistic. We are our own
bosses and no one is going to tell us what to do.
But God calls us to humility and sacrifice, and these are the
essential characteristics for unity.
Of unity the Bible
1 Behold, how
good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity! ]
[1 Peter 3:8-12
be ye all of
one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be
courteous: 9 Not rendering evil
for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and
see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they
speak no guile: 11 Let him
eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
For the eyes of the
Lord are over the righteous,
and his ears are open unto
their prayers: but the face of the Lord
is against them that do
[Be careful, my
Christian friends, to never underestimate the importance of unity and accord
within the Church of our Lord.
It was so important to our Heavenly Father that it is recorded in the
eternal record of the Word of God.]
The Power Of The Holy Spirit
(vs 2-4) [–
And suddenly there came a sound from
heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they
were sitting. 3 And there
appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of
them. 4 And they were all filled
with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit
gave them utterance. – The Holy Spirit is not an essence, He is a
person, and He is one of the persons of the Godhead.
He is also powerful beyond comprehension, just as our Jehovah God is.
His power is expressed to us in this text through three revelations.]
The Wind (vs 2)
[– And suddenly there came a sound
as of a rushing
mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
– In our text the Holy Spirit is likened unto a mighty rushing wind or the
sound of such wind. What do we
know about the wind and what does this illustrative comparison teach us
about the Holy Spirits presence? ]
The Mystery of the Wind (John
3.3-9; Col 1.26-27) [-
And suddenly there came a sound from
heaven . . . - The coming of the Holy Spirit is likened unto the sound
of the wind. This does not mean
that the sound was the wind, but it sounded sort of like the wind.
Many times when human beings try to express something supernatural
the best they can do is explain their experience in mortal terms.
Our lord once spoke of the redeeming, transforming work of the Holy
Spirit in salvation in terms of the wind.]
7 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. 9 Nicodemus
answered and said unto him, How can these things be?]
[The work and
presence of the Holy Spirit within us is a mystery, yet He is a reality.
Just as you cannot see the wind, but you can certainly see the
effects of the wind; so it is with the Holy Spirit of God.
We cannot see Him but the effects of His presence and work within the
hearts and lives of people are undeniable.]
[Of this mystery
the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is
made manifest to his saints: 27
To whom God would make known what
is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ
in you, the hope of glory:]
[The presence of
the Holy Spirit is a mystery that confounds mortal minds.
Like the wind He cannot be seen or touched, but His evidence and
effects are undeniable. Once He
comes into a born again Christian the metamorphosis is undeniable.]
The Movement of the Wind
[- . . . and it filled all the house.
. . – Have you ever tried to seal out the wind.
Perhaps on a cold winters day, when the wind was boisterous outside
you had tried to seal the wind out of your home.
While it seems like we can seal the wind out, we must eventually
admit that somehow the wind finds a way in.]
[So it is with the
Holy Spirit, when He came He filled all the house.
No one was left out. So
it is with your life, no area of your life is left out when the Holy Spirit
comes into your life. You may
try to seal off some secret sin or some worldly desire, but the Holy Spirit
permeates absolutely everything in and around our lives.]
[The point seems
clear here. The Holy Spirit is
God and he cannot be controlled by the schemes of men.
He, when invited into your heart and life, permeates absolutely
everything, just as the wind touches everything that comes under its
mysterious and permeating movement.]
The Might of the Wind
[- . . . as of a rushing mighty wind,
. . .]
[Mighty Wind -
βιαίας (Gk) –
pnoés, fem. noun from
pnéō (4154), to breathe, blow. Wind, breath. In Acts 2:2 translated wind, “a
rushing mighty wind”; (See also Sept.: Job 37:10). The rushing wind in Acts
2:2 is a natural phenomenon symbolizing the supernatural phenomenon of the
Holy Spirit’s outpouring. Thus,
may mean either something material or something purely spiritual such as a
spiritual gift or the spirit of man which enables him to communicate with
the Spirit of God. Used only in John 3:8 with the meaning of wind.
conveys the impression of a lighter, gentler motion of the air than
pneśma, spirit. In Acts
17:25 it is “breath,” the air needed for breathing; Sept.: Gen. 2:7; Is.
[Few of us need an
explanation of the power of a mighty rushing wind.
We have all seen the power of the wind in hurricanes and typhoons.
The power of the wind is undeniable and often unimaginable.
Such is the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is Almighty God.
He brings with Him all of the omnipotent power of God.
His power, as in the power of the wind, is the power to change and
overpower every imagination and device of this creation, whether spiritual
or mortal. Are you under the
power of some created being or device, the Holy Spirit of God is far greater
than those devices.]
The Fire (vs 3)
[– And there appeared unto them cloven
tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. – Next we find
the Holy Spirit likened to cloven tongues of fire that sat upon each of
them. What do we know about
Fire Penetrates (Mal 3.2)
[– Malachi wrote,]
2 But who may
abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he
a refiner's fire,
and like fullers' soap: 3 And he
shall sit as
and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them
as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in
[There isn’t much that can stop fire.
Many things can protect from fire for a time, but almost everything
used to protect from fire has a time and temperature rating.
It might protect from a fire for an hour or two hours at a certain
temperature, but after that duration is expired the fire is coming in.
The truth here is that fire penetrates.]
[Fire penetrate steal and metal and is used to form metal into a desired
form. Malachi referred to the
coming of the Lord as a refiners fire.
It will penetrate and effect your life and character.
Hence, the Holy Spirit coming in cloven tongues of fire is meant to
penetrate your life. He is a
counselor who penetrates to the core of your being with the intension of the
refiner’s fire, to change your life and being.]
Fire Purifies (Mal 3.2)
[– Consider Malachi’s text again,]
2 But who may
abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he
is like a refiner's fire,
and like fullers'
soap: 3 And he shall
sit as a refiner and
and he shall purify
the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they
may offer unto the Lord
an offering in
[The fire of the
Holy Spirit within us is meant to have a purifying affect upon our lives.
This is the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
I have had people say, “Preacher, every time I come to Church I come
under conviction, and I’m not sure what to do with these convictions.”
That conviction is the purifying influence of the Holy Spirit upon
your life. What should you do?
Yield to the conviction.
Learn from it. Let it mold your
life, for God’s intension is to bring righteousness and glory out of your
life through the work of the fiery purifying presence of the Holy Spirit
[– Fire changes things and changes them quickly.
Have you ever seen anyone who was on fire?
If your hand caught on fire what would you do?
Would you stand there and calmly say, “O look, my hand is on fire.”
No, you would immediately call out for help.
You would flap your hands.
You would look for something to put over your hand.
You would put your hand under water.
You would, with great urgency, try to put that fire out.
Fire changes things, and aggressively so.]
[When these cloven
tongues of fire came upon this early Church everything changed for them and
immediately so. My friends, when
the Holy Spirit comes into your life things will change in your life.
They will change in God’s way for God’s glory.
The fire of the Holy Spirit in your life will have a transforming
effect upon your life.]
The Persuasion (vs 4; Acts
1.8; 1 Cor 9.16-18) [-
And they were all filled with the Holy
and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. – Let us go back and look at our Lord’s last words to His disciples
before His ascension. Jesus
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.]
compelling influence of the Holy Spirit here in our text.
They spoke, not so much because they wanted to, but because the Holy
Spirit compelled them to speak.
This reminds me of what Paul said,]
[1 Corinthians 9:16-18
16 For though
I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of:
for necessity is
laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing
willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will,
of the gospel is committed
unto me. 18 What is
my reward then? Verily that,
when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge,
that I abuse not my power in the gospel.]
[What was Paul
saying? He was saying that he
found that he couldn’t help but preach the gospel and be a witness for
Christ. This has often been my
experience as well. I witness
and preach not just because I want to, but more because I am compelled to
proclaim. I just can’t help
myself and honestly I don’t want to help myself.
I just want God to do whatever God feels he needs to do through me.]
[There have been
times when people close to me have become exasperated because I seem to
always want to talk about God and the things of God.
What they don’t seem to understand is that this is the effect of the
Holy Spirit upon those that belong to Him.
They are compelled to speak.]
The Person Of The Holy Spirit
(vs 4) [– And they were all filled with
the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave
them utterance. – We have recently studied the person of the Holy Spirit
so I will not spend much time here other than to note that they spoke as the
Holy Spirit gave them utterance.
The Holy Spirit is no essence, or emotional feeling.
He is a person, an individual, a thinking being and He is in us and
at work in our lives. We must be
in communication with Him.
Talking to Him, listening to Him, and responding to Him.
He is real and at work in our lives.]
Baptist, Sunday Evening, July 25, 2010
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