Summary: PENTECOST (A) - Our gracious God freely pours out his Holy Spirit. This is our gracious God's glorious Gift and practical Gift.
GOD POURS OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT (Outline)
May 23, 2010 -
INTRO: God’s gift of the Holy Spirit provides faith in the hearts and for the lives of every believer. Those who lived during Jesus’ earthly ministry did not always understand the truth that Jesus was the Son of God. The miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 is a good example. After that miracle, people pursued Jesus for this bread for life. They did not see that Jesus was the very Bread of Life. When Jesus pointed out that he was the Bread sent from heaven, many left. Even Jesus’ closest disciples were challenged. The ones who stayed with Jesus were the ones blessed by the gift of faith from the Holy Spirit. "The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life" (JOHN 6:63). Just as in the Old Testament and just as on the first day of Pentecost, so also today:
GOD POURS OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
I. This is God’s glorious gift.
II. This is God’s practical gift.
I. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S GLORIOUS GIFT.
A. Joel was one of God’s prophets during the time of the Old Testament. God had chosen Joel.
1. God’s prophets had a two-fold mission in life. First they received God’s message from God.
2. Secondly, God’s prophets relayed God’s message to God’s people.
3. Joel proclaimed God’s message of repentance to God’s disobedient people (READ JOEL).
B. Verse 28a, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” This is God’s amazing message.
1. God promises to pour out his Spirit on all people – not just prophets (or priests and kings).
2. The Hebrew word for people means, “flesh”. “Flesh counts for nothing,” Jesus said.
C. Verse 29, “Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
1. God’s Spirit would come upon both men and women. This is God’s glorious gift.
a. Prophets had been only men. b. Priests and kings were also only men.
2. “All flesh” would even include servants. They were usually only considered outsiders.
D. God pours out his Holy Spirit. We see this special outpouring on the first Pentecost (READ: ACTS 2). The disciples spoke to “people from every nation under heaven”. The people heard the disciples and understood what they were saying. What they said was important. The disciples were “declaring the wonders of God”! As Peter continues preaching to that crowd he preaches about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. These are the very same wonders of God that have been poured out into our hearts. God pours out his Holy Spirit upon us whenever we read, study, or hear God’s living and active word. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 TIMOTHY 3:16, 17).
E. God pours out his Holy Spirit. This is God’s glorious gift for and to his church here on earth. Thank-fully the Lord God Almighty is not fussy. The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s glorious gift because it is meant for and provided for “all flesh”. God’s message is no longer given only to a prophet who then re-lays that message to God’s people. God’s word comes to all flesh. "For we were all baptized in one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many" (1 COR. 12:13,14). God’s church grows.
F. God pours out the glorious gift of the Holy Spirit on “all flesh”. What does God’s gift of the Holy Spirit mean for us today? God’s glorious gift is the guarantee for believers that eternity belongs to them. We are all born as the enemies of God. Our nature is sinful from the moment of our conception. By grace, the Lord God Almighty gloriously and miraculously changes us into members of his family. "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir" (GAL. 4:6,7). Every believer is a child of God. Every child of God will inherit eternal life – glorious!
GOD POURS OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
The Holy Spirit is God’s glorious gift for all flesh.
II. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD’S PRACTICAL GIFT.
A. Joel received God’s message. Joel relayed God’s message to God’s people.
1. Joel was probably as much amazed at this message as the rest of the people of God.