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Outpouring of the Spirit

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Sermon shared by Einar Kristoffersen

September 2008
Summary: The true Spirit
Denomination: Lutheran
Audience: General adults
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abilities and possibilities! How far can you go there? No, the Spirit was outpoured, exactly so that we could look away from our own, and count on Him. We are not exactly good at that, are we? Therefore we have to thank even more that we can find ourselves in the grace, and not the kingdom of laws. The Father is satisfied with Jesus, it is what the Spirit has come to teach, everyone in his own or her own language.

A short speech of Peter on the Day of Pentecost: "Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. "And so, because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE, he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY. "This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. "Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. "For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: ’THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,"SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET." ’Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts 2.29-36).

Do you see that it is Jesus who gives The Holy Spirit, His Spirit, to whom He wants; - you shall not seek the Spirit in a certain way, but you shall seek Jesus, where He is revealed, in the Word, then you shall receive the Spirit, and everything else that you need. But listen, - not to become anything special in your own eyes or anybody else’s eyes, but to be preserved by Him, and capable to serve others.
We have this sad tendency to seek the extraordinary; it gives us a buss, the mystical and odd. Like an old bible teacher expresses: Only a strange animal pulls people to the market place, - but how many are interested to hear about sin and grace? – About God’s salvation? – About Jesus Christ’ sacrifice and love?

When we are on the subject about his certain gift of the Spirit, we shall also mention it’s first and foremost function, exactly to edify the one who already has it. A pretty introspective gift you could say, but it is pretty useful like that, because we cannot go into this fight without getting guided and strengthened from above, so please ask God for this gift; - but as Paul says: “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who prophesies edifies the church. Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues, but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies than one who speaks
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