This chapter alone is one of the most talked about chapters in the Bible. Pentecost. What does it mean? What does it signify? Are we missing something that was present in those days? Are we experiencing God in a different way today?
I know all of these things can be confusing and I credit a lot of that to a misinterpretation of the Holy Spirit and failing in educating our church on the role of the Holy Spirit .
There is a lot of false doctrine in regards to pentecost and one important thing to know is that Pentecost was indeed a promise fulfilled.
This was the fiftieth day after passover. It was one of the rare feasts where people would make their pilgramage to Jerusalem. This may have been why God decided to pour the Holy Spirit out was because so many people would have been there.
Another reason and one I want to drive home was because of the meaning is that the old testament term for Pentecost was the feast of harvests and we are going to read tonight about the greatest harvest ever. The Holy Spirit has come to produce a harvest.
Lets read together
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
When you place your faith in Jesus Christ and become regenerate, I believe, you immediately become indwelled with the Holy Spirit. Was what happened here at Pentecost the same as that indwelling? No. These apostles were regenerate by faith already. They were believers. This pouring out of the Holy Spirit was a sudden and visible action that happened.
The Holy Spirit is on His own timing.The Holy Spirit does this in his own timing in order to bring people to God. It isn't about us or our timing. There isn't a formula or something you can do to just make the Spirit fall. This is a misconception of the Holy Spirits purpose and what happened at pentecost.
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.” The Holy Spirit does this in his own timing in order to bring people to God. It isn't about us or our timing. There isn't a formula or something you can do to just make the Spirit fall. This is a misconception of the Holy Spirits purpose and what happened at pentecost.
Another mistake, A LARGE ONE, that happens here and in a few other places in scriptures is this idea of tongues. I bet I could go through this one and get 40 different understanding and teachings on what the gift of tongues is and what it isnt. There are some that believe you can t be saved without it. Wrong. Some that believe it is a mumbled language that makes no sense to anyone. Some believe it is a secret prayer language. I want to focus on what I know. There are things we can speculate on in scripture and that is good in its place but I want to teach what I know. This passage has a lot more to do with the Holy Spirit and the harvest than it has to do with tongues. This speaking was needed to reach the gentiles and to spread the gospel. It was a tool or a gift. But here me when I say this. We need to focus on the giver, not the gift.
Example of wrong tool and wrong time
Then look what happens when people begin to focus on the gift, They miss out. They said they must be drunk and they didnt understand. They began to miss out.
Lets keep reading
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “ ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
So Peter begins his first sermon to the crowd before all the Jews and gentiles who have just seen this massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Peter begins with Scripture. He shares the words of the prophet Joel that pointed to this day of pentecost.
Isnt it amazing to see Scripture answering scripture. You know what that does? It shows us that God is always faithful to His Word.
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’ “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.