“On the day of Pentecost the Spirit came upon the whole body of believers.” Acts 2

As we continue our study of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament, we look at the day when Spirit came upon the whole body of Believers. 

In the Old Testament, we see the work of Spirit, but it seems geared toward certain individuals for certain purposes. Spirit did not work with everyone but, today, we see Him come to ALL who believe in Christ Jesus. 

Acts 2:1-4 says, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the 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.”

There is a question as to “speaking in other tongues”: If I do not, why not?  

I didn’t know specifics about speaking in tongues when I became a Christian. I didn’t know it was a gift for some, not necessarily for all. Raised in a Pentecostal Church when I was very young, where speaking in tongues was the norm, my family left there when I was around 6. As I have mentioned before, I left the Church until I was 29. The Lord brought me back to Him in a Baptist Church, in a beautiful way…

Ironically, since “tongues” are typically not practiced there, our Lord placed a young person from that church in my path that taught me this gift in a way I never knew before. I received it, speak in other tongues daily, and treasure the experience. I am so thankful for it but realize it is not a gift for all.  As we see in 1 Corinthians 12:27-30: “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church, God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?”

The gift of speaking in tongues was a way for all believers to know something very special had happened to them and for them. The Corinthians passage presents the other gifts accordingly. Each of us is given a special way to contribute to life, determined by God’s Spirit, to be used as our Lord provides opportunity and purpose for. Be open to what He has for us and how we are to use them. 1 Corinthians 12:11 affirms, “All these gifts are the work of one and the same Spirit and He gives them to each one just as He determines.” 

As we enter this weekend of holy remembrance, let us not forget the need of salvation and resurrection within Ukraine,Turkey, Syria, those suffering inside our own beloved country and throughout the world. May we lift all in prayer and help as we can.

A blessed Easter and love to each of you and yours. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒŸ

Poppa B.