Acts 2:1–4: When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Holy Spirit had been active prior to Pentecost and had worked in Creation, in Old Testament history, and in the life and ministry of Jesus. However, now there would be two changes: the Spirit would dwell in people and not just come on them, and His presence would be permanent, not temporary. The Spirit could not have come sooner, for it was essential that Jesus die, be raised from the dead, and return to heaven before the Spirit could be given. Remember the Jewish calendar in Leviticus: Passover, Firstfruits, and then Pentecost. 1
Your Word is Truth
What He provided is an ongoing provision. The reason we do not win the battles is that we are fighting in our own strength, and not by the power of His indwelling Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a seal of salvation and an empowerment for service. We are to be “being filled” with His Spirit, which is done through prayer and faith, in our daily walk with Him.
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. –John 7:37–39
You Alone are God
There is not much that can be done until He does His filling work in us. – TWEET IT
Your Will be Done
Lord, thank You for Your power that allows me to glorify You in all I do.
1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.