“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (NLT)
Have you ever wondered about what actually happened during the Pentecost? If you are wondering what the Pentecost is, well this was the day when the followers of Jesus, the Apostles finally received the person of the Holy Spirit who was promised to them by Jesus before He ascended to heaven. Today, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is still active, continuing the works Jesus started in order to foster the fulfilment of the will of God till the end arrives.
According to scriptures, when the Holy Spirit arrived, the apostles were said to be given the ability to speak in various non-Jewish languages. Why did that happen? Well, we explain reasons behind that miracle and its significance to the New Testament church of Christ. Enjoy! 😊
The coming of the Holy Spirit:
“On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.
Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.
At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.
They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages…”
- Acts 2:1-8 (NLT)
Were the believers actually speaking in other tongues?
“Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. ” (Acts 2:3-4)
According to Acts 2:4, “THEY BEGAN SPEAKING IN OTHER LANGUAGES as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” So they didn’t speak just one language (tongue), but various as the Spirit enabled them.
Why then did that happen? Isn’t praying in the Holy Ghost strictly Spiritual and shouldn’t be understood in Human Reasoning except the Holy Spirit grants understanding and interpretation?
- This happened to serve as a sign to the gentiles that God is now living among Men in the form of the Holy Spirit.
- This also happened to serve as proof that the world has finally been reconnected to God through the Holy Spirit because of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Finally, it served as a sign to assure the gentiles that God is for the world. Jesus died for the World and not for the Jews alone (John 3:16)
According to the scripture (Acts 2:11), “They all could hear them speaking in their own language about the great things that God has done “. They heard the Gospel in their own language
“ … But others made fun of the believers, saying ‘These people are drunk!’ “– Acts 2:13
Who were these other set of mockers?
According to Acts 2: 14-15, Peter talking to the “Mockers”, stated;
“Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, listen to me and let me tell you what this means”.
So He then explained to the Jews who didn’t understand how the disciples spoke different languages from theirs.
- If the believers had proclaimed the gospel in a Heavenly tongue, then both Jews and non-Jews (Gentiles) present there would have agreed that these people were indeed drunk
- If they had spoken in their native tongue, then it wouldn’t have made any impact on the people.
- God designed it to happen that way so the targeted audience, the Gentiles would realize that God was indeed with these people and anybody could now access God’s presence
It was a Sign!
It is very important to note that through out history, whenever the Lord visits the World with the purpose of redemption, He comes with various signs and wonders in order to bare testament of Himself.
According to scriptures, the God kind ( Father, Son and Holy spirit ) visited earth with the sole purpose of Redemption and Restoration of man with great signs to prove that He is indeed The Great Jehovah, The God of all impossibilities ( Gen. 18:14, Jer. 32:27, Luke 1:37)
God the Father, Coming to redeem the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Text: Exodus 4:1-9
According to the text, God showed His chosen servant Moses some signs to PROVE to the Israelite that indeed He has heard their cries and had decided to redeem them from the bondage of Egypt.
In one of the signs according to the book of Exodus 4:3-5
“The Lord said, ‘Throw it on the ground’ when Moses threw it down, it turned into a big snake, and he ran away from it.
Then the Lord said to Moses ‘reach down and pick it up by the tail’ so Moses reached down and caught it and it became a walking stick again.
The Lord said ‘do this to PROVE to the Israelite that the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has appeared to you’ “
Note: Egypt is symbolical to a land of sin and separation
The Coming of Jesus to redeem the World from the bondage of sin.
Text: Luke 12:8-12
According to this text, An Angel of the Lord appeared to some shepherds, sharing the news of our Savior’s birth and also giving them a sign to PROVE that the one they see is the chosen Messiah of the world.
“And this is what will PROVE it to you: you will find a baby wrapped In cloths and lying in a manger”
The coming of the Holy Spirit to reconnect the Spirit of man with God.
Text: Acts 2:1-21
According to the text, this was PROOF to show that the prophecies of the Prophet Joel had begun to manifest.
“This is what I will do in the last days, God says: I will pour out My Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will proclaim my message; your young men will see visions and your old men will have dreams.” (Joel 2:28-32)
Why did God choose the day of the Jewish Pentecost (shavuot) to send the Holy Spirit?
The Pentecost or Shavuot festival (feast of weeks) is one of the Biblically based Pilgrimage holiday known as “Shalosh Regalim”. It is associated with the grain harvest in the Torah
In other words, the Pentecost was a “Pilgrimage Holiday” were everyone who practices Judaism from every corner of the world both Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) alike came together to celebrate the festival.
It should be safe to put in mind that even as God dwelt in the tents and temple of the Israelites for a certain period and Christ Jesus also dwelt among men for a given period, the Holy Spirit is currently living with us but also for a certain period of time.
Very soon, He would have to return to God. But the good news is, He wouldn’t be going back alone, but with the sons and daughters of God who had died and are raised with Christ our Lord Jesus.
In that Glorious moment, we would be snatched away from this world filled with darkness, chaos and sin. Together with those who had already died in Christ and we all would be united with our Savior for all eternity. Hallelujah! (1 Thessalonians 4:1:18)
Till then, we wait, we watch and we continue to work with our Lord and Savior in re-establishing His kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven.
Thank You very much for your time, and may the Grace of Our Lord, Father and soon coming King Jesus Christ, be with all His people, from Now till forever more. God bless!
- Bible Reference:
- The Good News Translation (GNT)
- The New Living Translation (NLT)