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Acts 2:1-4 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
1. Pentecost is a holiday for the Jews. It is a celebration of a feast.
Lev 23:15-17 “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: 16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. 17 Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord.”
Moses brought down two tables of stone, the Law. The Word of God, like bread, gives us life. This was the first covenant. The Feast of Pentecost allows yeast or leaven, unlike Passover, which did not allow leaven (symbolic of sin) and was a separation of the Jews and the Egyptians (those who belonged to God and those who didn’t). God is trying to tell us something about Pentecost.
The Apostolic roots were started in an upper room and it spread unto the uttermost parts of the earth. Gentiles, those who not God’s people, have been grafted into the family of God. This is a fresh revelation because of Pentecost.
2. Pentecost is the Birthday of the Church, the 2nd Covenant.
Gal 4:4 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”
Our Bibles start the New Testament with Matthew, but the New Covenant didn’t start until the Holy Ghost was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. This is what gave birth to the Second Covenant.
Ez 36:26-27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
Jer 31:31-34 “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
This is the beginning of the New Covenant. The New Covenant comes as the Law is written on hearts individually. On Mt. Sinai, only Moses had fire on his head. It was so glorious, Moses’ face reflected it and the people asked him to cover it. Now, it’s not just Moses who will teach everybody. The Old Covenant will vanish away.
Heb 12:24 “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”
3. Pentecost is the Outpouring of God’s Power for Obedient Believers.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai, he came down to a party, where the people were worshipping something other than God.
Ex 32:26-28 “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. 27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. 28 And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.”
Just as the dagger went in that day, so the Word of God spoken by Peter, pricked their hearts.
Acts 2:37 “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Why is obedience so important? What does it mean to be an obedient believer?
Luke 24:49 “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
They had already been given authority. They’d already healed the sick and cast out devils, but they didn’t have power. This is the ability and abundance and might of miraculous power on the Day of Pentecost.
When you come in contact with Pentecost, you are in contact with something that has the power to heal the sick and raise the dead, more powerful than the forces of an army, clothing from on high with that power. It’s the same power that Jesus felt left Him when the woman touched the hem of His garment. That woman was walking in obedient faith and received her healing. When you touch Jesus with obedient faith, there will be power that will fall on you.
It’s not a one-time experience.
The difference between somebody who has been in that upper room versus the person who walks in Christian character is lack of power. Peter raised the dead through the power of the Spirit. It’s not by might, or by (human) power, but by God’s Spirit. Miracles come by God’s power.
Pentecost means that people are transformed. Power from another world.
4. The Spirit of Pentecost is literally the Voice of the Church, the Teacher. ‘Your sons and daughters shall prophesy. You will be witnesses and testify of what you’ve seen and heard of Jesus.’
The one who denied the Lord three times, suddenly on the Day of Pentecost, got up and got his voice back. The preacher today is not a human man or a woman, it is the Spirit that sat on Pentecost. It’s the rivers of Living Water that are flowing. Spirit is speaking to spirit.
Have you experienced this?
Jesus is the bishop and shepherd of our souls and we have returned to Him.
Everybody is a two-part person, spirit and body. When your soul partners with the Spirit and makes a decision to pray, you tell your body what to do.
Mat 10:20 “For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.”
5. Pentecost is the Restoration of the Lost Relationship.
Gen 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
You must eat and drink to live. When you take something out of the dirt, it is dead. Cut flowers are beautiful, but they are dead. In the same way, when Adam took himself out of the presence of God, he died. As humans, you are born into that death. But, Pentecost is a restoration of that relationship back into the presence of God.
John 20:22 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”
How would you describe yourself? Do you see yourself as valuable to God? Does your perception of yourself line up with what the Bible says?
Because of Pentecost, God no longer identifies you by your mistakes or your sin. You are redefined by Pentecost. You are given a whole fresh start, a whole new identity. You are no longer that sick person, that failure, that messed up person. You are given a new life and redefined by Jesus. Pentecost gives you a different identity. Even if you have a felony, when you come to Pentecost, God says you are forgiven.
Pentecost gives you value. It’s no longer about the Law of God, it’s about the Love of God. Pentecost is now ‘Treasures in Earthly Values.’
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost.” You are now the house of the Holy of Holies. Jesus paid a dear price to give you value.
6. Pentecost is God’s mercy on display instead of His judgment. It is the grace and forgiveness of God.
Pentecost is not a religion. Instead of guilt, it’s grace. It’s the showcase of God’s mercy. It’s something given value, from darkness to light, from filth to treasure.
How do you see God? As Judge? Or Merciful, Loving Father? Why? Does your perception line up with the Bible?
7. Pentecost is the essentiality of which we are saved.
This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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