The Holy Spirit Came and filled the Church at Pentecost
Acts 2:1-13 (Pastor Heo)
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. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs–we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine. “
The early church had no money, no beautiful building, political influence, educational degree, etc. The founding members of the early church (120 people) were a minority – maybe like you and me. But they were a huge multitude to Christ, and they saw a huge amount of churches established and Christians born again. What was their secret? A: The Power of the Holy Spirit.
The better we understand the power of the HS at Pentacost, the better. The more we will then be able to relate to him and understand him and believe. The power of the HS is still available today.
The main ministry of the HS is to glorify Jesus Christ. “The HS will bring glory to me.” John 15:26 “When the HS comes, he will testify about me.”
Another keyword: Holy Spirit
- Witness / testify
- One accord
- Holy Spirit
How many times does this appear in the NIV? 55 times (I counted yesterday).
The HS is the spirit of Christ, the spirit of God. He first came and spoke from human to human. This is very meaningful.
“When the day of Pentecost came,they were all together in one place.”
Pentecost = 50 (Penta = 5) – this is the Feast of the First Fruits.
In Levitucus, Passover (Jesus’ crucifixion)is first, then the Feast of the First Fruits (Pentecost). Pentecost is 50 days after Passover – or 50 days after the crucifixion.
After Jesus was crucified, he was resurrected 3 days later. He stayed with them for 40 days. Then, 10 days later, the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
- 1 Cor 7:5 “Christ, our lamb of Passover has been sacrificed.”
- 1 Cor 15 = Jesus’ resurrection = the First Fruit
Pentecost pictures the formation of the body of Christ – that is the church. In the OT, the Jews at Pentecost celebrated the giving of the Law on Mt. Sinai. But these days, we Christians celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.
At that time, there were 3 great feasts:
- Passover (Feast of the First Fruits)
- Feast of Tabernacles
- Passover = crucifixion including resurrection
- Pentecost = coming of the HS as another Counselor
- Tabernacles = Jesus’ Second Coming (heaven)
During these three greatest feasts, all Jews and others gathered in Jerusalem. This is the historical situation. (This is God’s plan and timing for world evangelism.)
“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.”
“The Holy Spirit came down – to dwell in believers forever!”
The HS is one person of the Trinity God.
This means, we believe in ONE God in essence – with three persons:
- Father God
- Son (Jesus)
- Holy Spirit God (another Counselor)
The HS dwelling in us means that Jesus Christ still dwells in us through his Spirit.
- Gen 1:1 “In the Beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
- Gen 1:2 “It was formless and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
The HS came down forever and ever – permanently. The HS could not have come sooner. Why not? It was essential that Jesus die and rise again from the dead – and go up to heaven – before the HS could be given.
John 7:37 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Streams of living water will flow from within him. (Holy Spirit)” Up to that time, the HS could not have been given because Jesus had not yet been glorified (taken up to heaven).
John 16:7 “It is for your benefit that I am going to heaven. Unless I go, the HS will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you.”
So, Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension is ESSENTIAL for the HS to come and dwell among us and in us. This is a basic Christian doctrine.
There were 2 startling signs that accompanied this:
Jesus says, “You should not be surprised at my saying ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but cannot tell where it is coming nor going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Interesting vocab (Greek):
penuma / pnuma
Literal meaning = “breath” or “wind”
Like wind, the HS is invisible, but SO powerful, like a hurricane. The HS is a life-giving Spirit.
“Fire” pictures the powerful witness of the church to the world. All throughout the Bible, fire is a sign of God – from the burning bush with Moses to the consuming fire on the mountain.
The HS is so holy – he cannot be together with unholy, dirty things. So the “fire” burns away our uncleanliness, bitterness, etc, and “wind” brings to us the presence and sign of God.
After the fire burns away our uncleanliness, we are filled with the HS.
Eph “Do not get DRUNK on wine which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the HS.”
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
The filling of the HS has to do with power, witness, service, victorious Christian life. If we are really Christians, we no longer need to be baptized by the HS, but we need to be FILLED by the HS constantly – if we are to serve God effectively and truthfully.
“In a few days, you will receive the baptism of the HS.”
We must not be confused between the:
- Baptism of the HS
- The fullness of the HS
- Baptism = the HS identifies us with the head of the church (Jesus) – this happens whenever a sinner trusts in Jesus Christ and is born again. “I belong to the body of Christ.”
- Filling = “My body belongs to Jesus Christ.”
- Baptism: “I belong to Christ’s body.”
- Fullness: “My body belongs to Christ.”
- Baptism = final, once and for all, one time event.
- Fullness = daily, repeated as we trust him in earnest prayer and earnest devotion – for more effective service
- Baptism: We are ONE in the baptism of the HS – we are the same. (Eph. 4 “One body, one Lord, one God, one baptism…”) – this unites us.
- Fullness: This is a personal experience. Yesterday’s filling with the HS does not guarantee today’s filling with the HS.
So, what happens when we are really filled with the HS?
Spiritual medical check-up
“5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs–we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.””
What does this mean?
There were at least 15 geographical locations represented here. And surely the citizens of each heard Peter and the others declare the wonderful works of God in their own languages. Why did God do this? There are 2 lessons we can apply in our daily lives – because the HS power is still available.
#1 Reverse of God’s Judgment at Tower of Babel
Gen 11:1 “At that time, the whole world had 1 language.” (Many languages today is the fruit of human sin.) “Come let us build a tower that reaches to heaven to make a name for Man.” (So, God came and scattered them all over the whole world.)
- “Babel” = “confused”
- “Babylon” = “rebellion against God”
- Babel: God’s judgment scattered the people
- Pentecost: God’s blessing brought them together
- Babel: unable to understand what was said
- Pentecost: able to understand in the own language
- Babel: scheme to make a name for man
- Pentecost: make a name for God
- Babel: rebellion against God
- Pentecost: ministry of humble submission to God
What a contrast.
“The HS is the spirit of perfect communication.”
Yes, the basic tool for communication is language – but for perfect communication, we need more than language. If we are angry, look at cell phones while talking, etc, we have bad communication – even if we speak the same language.
But, if we have the HS, even if we don’t speak the same language, we can overcome the barrier of language and have communication.
- The HS is the spirit of perfect communication – between friends, coworkers, spouses, etc.
#2 Let the people know the gospel is for ALL people
The emphasis of this book is worldwide evangelization. (Acts 1:8)
HS is the Spirit of:
- world mission
- perfect communication
How far or near are you to Christ now? Remember, the nearer you come to Christ, the farther you will go OUT to reach the people.
“The nearer you are to Christ,
The farther you will go out to reach the lost.”
What was the spirit of the people?
- Mocked / ridiculed (“They have had too much wine.”)
Actually, they were filled with the HS.
But those who didn’t understand thought they were filled with strong drink. Interesting?
Still today, if we are really filled with the HS, we can be misunderstood. If someone misunderstands you, please understand their misunderstanding.
Eph 5:18 “Do not get drunk on soju (wine) which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the HS.”
Why does the Word of God compare filling with the HS and filling with strong drink?
- Drink: We lose control of ourselves and end up being ashamed.
- HS: We have self-control and glorify God.
- Drink: Can give a high spirit.
- HS: Gives deep satisfaction and lasting joy.
- Drink: Makes us brave, fearless to do something sinful.
- HS: Makes us brave, fearless to do something holy.
- Drink: Gives us degeneration.
- HS: Gives us regeneration.
- Drink: Practically, strong drink destroys families, homes, relationships.
- HS: Builds up, edifies families, homes, relationships.
- Drink: Makes self, family, home like hell on earth.
- HS: Makes self, family, home like heaven on earth.
We can foretaste heaven on earth by being filled with the HS.