What's the cost of Pentecost?
"But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: "In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out 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".'"
Many years before the day of Pentecost, God told His people what was to happen in His plan. One day, His Spirit will not just be for individuals at certain times, no, as Peter reminds people of all races in front of him, it was prophesied that God's spirit was to one day fall on people of all flesh. Not just the Jewish race, but all people. The kingdom of God was to one day be opened to all people by the flooding out of His Holy Spirit.
This prophecy, that Peter speaks from Joel, was long awaited for. Jesus told the apostles privately:
"If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. You know Him, because he abides with you, and He will be in you...I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you."
John 14:15-17, 25-27
Another warning, on top of the Joel prophecy, that this was about to happen. His spirit will fall upon all "who calls on the name of the Lord. And they will be saved." Acts 2:21. This is the promise of Jesus. He will give an Advocate forever. An advocate meaning Helper: one who will be amongst His disciples teaching them and reminding them of all Jesus had taught. The Spirit carries on all that Jesus was, within the disciples.
The Spirit carries on all that Jesus was, within the disciples.
This promise involves the whole Godhead! The Father sending, teaching and reminding of Jesus and Spirit living within the people. Jesus has revealed The Trinity in His plan for humanity. He is pointing toward the day to come when all will be revealed.
"MY Peace I leave with you; MY peace I give you." This Spirit is one of peace amongst God's people. "The peace of the Lord be always with you!" ... We are talking about a peace that comes from the Spirit when this is said.
The Spirit is left for us as disciples forever. The Spirit is not on loan, but is left and given to those who follow. Jesus has given a lot of information as to what this will be, but still it matches Joel's prophecy in that it is still an unknown teacher, an unknown helper, and an unknown peace among the masses.
This gift of the spirit will be peace amongst followers, but as we see from Acts 2, this peace is not just a sweet joyfulness that one might expect:
- to remind
- to teach
- to bring life, salvation
- to empower
- to allow natural to become supernatural
The Spirit took the normal and turned it into power in the name of Jesus
This day came in Acts 2. The Spirit did not come secretly. He came with fire over Jesus' Apostles, enabling them to preach to all who were present. I opened with the beginning of the first sermon by Peter. The day of Pentecost blew open the doors of relationship with God. God came to live amongst his followers, to be with them, and enables them to do the same as Christ. He pours out His spirit to overflow, enabling them to speak about God to all there... in the listeners' own languages! Language barriers had gone, and people were invited into salvation. The Spirit took the normal and turned it into power in the name of Jesus. The Spirit transformed Jesus' disciples into little Jesuses, who could do as He did. And so on that day, just as both Joel and Jesus has foretold, this Spirit was poured out... and the Church began on that basis. Spirit powered.
The apostles waited, as Jesus has commanded them to, then when they were filled with the promised Spirit they went off and began building the Church which has grown to include us today, reading this.
We here are no longer called to wait, as the Spirit is here as you read. That Peace is among us and alive today calling us to the same end as the Apostles and all in that room at Pentecost. Reminding us of Christ, teaching us further, and enabling us to have His supernatural power to build His kingdom.
Since that day that we are celebrating, Pentecost, life for believers has never been the same. And shouldn't be! We should be expecting the same Spirit as they experienced then. We have no excuse not to be powerful people in this world who are filled with the Spirit of God. We should be seeing healings as we pray, and miracles as we worship. The Church should not sit still, but be ever moving as the Spirit calls. The cost of Pentecost? Involvement in Gods mission, The Body of Christ on Earth.