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The Day of Pentecost

The Jews associated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the end of time (Acts 1:6), and there were several signs that indicate that to some extent its powers had been inaugurated by the coming of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. πεντηκοστή or pentekoste in Greek (English, Pentecost) is the second of the three great Jewish feasts, celebrated at Jerusalem yearly, the seventh week after the Passover (50th day after the Passover), in grateful recognition of the completed harvest.

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Acts 2:1-13 records the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which also marks the birth of the Christian Church. In John 16:7-14, Jesus talked about the coming of the age of the Holy Spirit. This is therefore the fulfillment of it. The Holy Spirit descended on them like tongues of fire while they were gathered at the upper room as instructed by Jesus (Acts 1:4-8). They were completely under the power and control of the Holy Spirit, and they spoke different languages they had not learned before. Some Jews who were at the place to celebrate the feast recognized their local languages being used in the words spoken by the disciples which for me,strengthens the mandate given to them in Acts 1:8. While others did not recognize any of the language spoken and accused the disciples of being drunk.

Furthermore, the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost signaled the transition the disciples needed to undergo as they were about to immerse themselves in the preaching of the Gospel, and the birth of the first century Christian Church. It gave them boldness and courage!

Sources:

Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. grand rapids, Michigan, 2000.

Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

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