The coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.
I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
“The Holy Spirit is the unexplored continent of the Christian faith.”
- Soren Kierkegaard
Do you walk in the Spirit or just visit Him on Sundays?
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the Lord your God, and that there is no other . . . “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
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 them speaking in his own language. . .
“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them”
The Holy spirit burns away the things in the way.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues [glossa—tongue or language] as the Spirit enabled them.
Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own 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!”
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he 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.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Be imitators of God--Ephesians 5:1
- Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
- Walk in love--Ephesians 5:2
…and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
- Be kind and forgive each other--Ephesians 4:32
- Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
- Worship with each other--Ephesians 5:19
- Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
- Be grateful--Ephesians 5:20
…always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
enlightens our understanding,
rectifies our will and affections,
renews our nature,
unites us with Christ,
assures our adoption as God’s children,
guides our actions,
purifies and sanctifies our souls and bodies,
for the purpose of “full and eternal enjoyment of God.”
- John Wesley