Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
Ten Things To Know About Pentecost
1. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.
2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter.
3. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.
4. Pentecost comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ.
5. Pentecost is also known as “the birthday of the Church”.
6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus’ promise to send the “Counselor” and “Spirit of Truth” in John 16-5-15.
7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus’ ascension. Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd after receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptized.
8. The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the New Testament event in Acts 2.
9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. The Pentecost in Jewish tradition takes place 50 days after Passover.
10. In Western Churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit gives us a supernatural enabling to live a completely different life than we could otherwise live. He enables us to BE His witness everywhere we find ourselves. There’s a BIG difference in witnessing or telling people about Jesus and BEING a witness. When we are a witness our live lines up more accurately with our words.
The only way that will really happen is when we are living “Life In The Spirit”
Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Jesus told His followers that they WOULD receive POWER after the Holy Spirit came upon them. He had already told them they had received the Holy Spirit, now they were receiving a new infilling of the Holy Spirit.
John 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
What we see here is that the disciples received the Holy Spirit after Jesus had risen from the dead, but before Pentecost.
On Pentecost a different “receiving” of the Holy Spirit occurs. It’s commonly known as a Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here Jesus says “with”; it’s the Greek word “en” which means “in”. That makes sense because the Greek word for baptized is “baptizo” which means to immerse or submerge.
Acts 1:5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Look at this passage this way
Acts 1:5 For John submerged you in water, but in a few days you will be submerged in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gives a description of what will happen because of this baptism – we receive power.
Acts 1:8 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.”
This power has a great purpose for our lives. The power Jesus speaks about enables us to live a life that is an example of Jesus to people and the result will be to point them to the Lord. This power enables us to be overcomers of the harsh realities of the life we live in this world. This power will transform our life; it will produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
There are manifestations or demonstrations we can expect as a result of this baptism. Here’s what happened as a result of the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1 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.
There are other manifestations or demonstrations we can expect as a result of this baptism. These are often referred to as the “gifts of the Spirit”. Most commonly they are referred to as nine gifts, but there are more than that. The thing that is common to every gift is this – they point people to the Lord, they are for the common good.
1Corinthians 12:7 …the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.