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THE "WRAPPING" OF PENTECOST


We must put this in proper perspective. Those who see Pentecost's main significance as miraculous powers are missing the new thing that was being done, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.


It is like someone who receives a beautifully wrapped birthday gift. After carefully removing the velvet ribbon and the expensive paper, the lovely box is opened to reveal the keys to a fancy new Mercedes automobile! But then this confused person tosses aside the keys with a "That's nice." then turns and goes back to the wrapping in which they came. "Wow! What a beautiful box! What wonderful ribbon! What gorgeous wrapping! I love it! I'm going to keep this ribbon and box and paper forever!"


We must be careful not to confuse the Pentecostal gift with the wrappings in which it came.

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