Summary: The word Pentecost comes from the Greek Πεντηκοστή (Pentēkostē) meaning ”fiftieth". It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the "Feast of Weeks" and the "Feast of 50 days".
The Day Of Pentecost
What is Pentecost?
The word Pentecost comes from the Greek ?e?t???st? (Pentekoste) meaning ”fiftieth".
It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the "Feast of Weeks" and the "Feast of 50 days".
If you go back and read the Old Testament, you will discover that Pentecost was one of the Jewish feast days. Only they didn't call it Pentecost. That's the Greek name. The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks. It is mentioned five places in the first five books — in
1. Exodus 23:16
2. Exodus 24: 14-33
3. Leviticus 16: 1-44
4. Numbers 28: 26-31
5. Deuteronomy 16: 9-11
Modern Christians observe Pentecost as a holiday, not to celebrate a wheat harvest, but to remember when the Holy Spirit invaded the Church.
The account in reports that, after Jesus ascended into heaven, Jesus’ followers were gathered together for the Feast of Harvest (aka Pentecost), and the Holy Spirit “filled the whole house where they were sitting”.
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them”
This strange occurrence drew a large crowd, and Peter stood up to speak to them about repentance and the gospel of Christ.
By the end of the day that the Holy Spirit came, the Church grew by 3,000 people.
This is why Christians still celebrate Pentecost.
The Book of Act is said to be the record of the History of the Church, how it was begin.
The Greek word ekklesia in the Greek is what is commonly translated to the English word church.
The promise of the Holy Spirit
Once D.L. Moody, was speaking to a large audience, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, "How can I get the air out of this glass?" One man shouted, "Suck it out with a pump!" Moody replied, "That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass." After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, picked up a pitcher of water, and filled the glass. "There," he said, "all the air is now removed." He then went on to explain that victory in the Christian life is not accomplished by "sucking out a sin here and there," but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a real person who came to reside within Jesus Christ’s true followers after Jesus rose from dead and ascended to heaven.
The Holy Spirit is not a vague, ethereal shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. He is considered to be the third member of the Godhead.
Jesus said to His apostles... Which is called the great commission
"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."3
A primary role of the Holy Spirit is that He bears "witness" of Jesus Christ. He tells people's hearts about the truth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also acts as a Christian's teacher.8 He reveals God's will and God's truth to a Christian
"The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."
"When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."
The Holy Spirit also performs a function for non-Christians as well. He convicts people's hearts of God's truth concerning how sinful we are -- needing God's forgiveness; how righteous Jesus is -- He died in our place, for our sins; and God's eventual judgment of the world and those who do not know Him.
John 15.26 (KJV)
26But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeded from the Father, he shall testify of me:
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”