May24SunMay 24, 2015"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly…” (Acts 2:1, 2)
And suddenly, the tarrying was over and the unknown had become known. The Holy Ghost introduced Himself in rare form. When He came on Jesus it was in the form of a dove (symbolizing peace). When He came upon the disciples it was wind, fire, and tongues, equating to POWER!
The Holy Ghost fell and the disciples were baptized. There was noise as of a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then appeared cloven/divided tongues as of fire and sat upon each of them. Notice they were sitting and the Holy Ghost came and sat on them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them the utterance. Thayer’s definition for utterance is, “to speak out, speak forth, to pronounce not a word of everyday speech but one “belonging to dignified and elevated discourse.” So when those who were gathered at Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost heard the disciples speaking in their own languages, it was not their everyday “chit-chat” language. It was on a higher, more honorable and distinguished level describing the wonderful works of God!
It was paramount that Believers received then and still receive today - the Holy Ghost. The celebration of Pentecost is not only for what was done, but also what Jesus continues to do today for the Church. The instruction of Jesus was for them to tarry in Jerusalem until…. They didn’t know how long “until” was, until “until” happened. Did you get that? They that wait upon the Lord shall…. Jesus said they would receive power after…but they had to wait until the Holy Ghost came upon them. So they tarried/waited. Day one…day two…day three…day four…day five…day six…day seven…day eight…day nine…day ten – BOOMMMMM!!!
Jesus did not tell them to wait until the day of Pentecost had fully come, He just said tarry…. Now that the Holy Ghost has come, we don’t have to tarry or wait for His arrival – He’s already here. We only need to receive. However, when it comes to a Word from the Lord or an instruction He gives us, we don’t need all of the details. We just need to honor the Word/instruction and wait with expectation until fulfillment.
“Receive ye the Holy Ghost!”