Summary: Acts Series: 8th Sermon--The Meaning and the Miracles: Miracle of SOUND [rushing mighty wind, Miracle of SIGHT [flaming heads] Miracle of SPEECH [other tongues].
The Day of Pentecost
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Very controversial chapter! Many denominations build entire belief system around it.
Some set it aside, afraid of looking like they are holy rollers…but let’s not be afraid of it [Pentecost is a great word!]…the truths here in ch. 2 are needed badly right here, right now!
Most Christians/churches, are bogged down somewhere in-between Calvary and Pentecost…they’ve been to Calvary for pardon, but not to Pentecost for power.
J.B. Phillips: “Churches today are fat and out of breath thru prosperity, they are muscle bound thru over-organization…what we need today is the wind and the flame of Pentecost.”
That wind and flame was the Holy Spirit arriving on the scene, ready to do powerful things!
Charles Finney: “when the presence of God is in the church, the church will draw the world in…if the presence of God is not in the church, the world will draw the church out!”
We are living in a day of pep, promotions, and programs…the church is trying to make up w/ enthusiasm and organization what we do not have in Pentecostal power. [good, but no substitute!] We are hooked up to our own battery pack because we’re not really connected to our heavenly outlet!
Several years ago Billy Graham went to visit a large, influential church. The pastor told him the sad story of how the church recently had to vote out a member for public drunkenness…church discipline didn’t result in repentance, so they had to ask him to go.
Graham said, that’s sad, but when was the last time you voted someone out for not being filled w/ the Holy Spirit?/what do you mean?/the same verse that says it’s a sin to be drunk w/ wine commands filling of the spirit!
So, let’s talk about the day of Pentecost [already talked about the price!]…and the coming of the Holy Spirit.
1. The Meaning of Pentecost
I’m gonna do some teaching here before preaching…so listen on purpose!
v. 1 “fully come”
Means “fulfilled”…understand when we think of Pentecost, we think of Acts 2, but Pentecost was actually a Jewish celebration, held for 1,500 years by this chapter!
They had several annual celebrations they called “feasts”…these were times of special worship for them. [read about them in Lev. 23]…these were instituted by God Himself…and all of them had a “double meaning”.
Each of them meant something in the day and time that the Jews were celebrating…but, little did they know, each of them also predicted something concerning the Lord Jesus Christ!
Study the 7 Jewish feasts and you’ll find them to be an outline of the work/ministry of Jesus!
Ill.—1st Feast--Feast of Passover—end of March
Celebrating deliverance from Egypt [10th plague: death of 1stborn, if blood not on doorposts when death angel “passed over.”
Unwittingly predicting the death of Jesus on the cross [lamb/blood on wood] …and the freedom/liberation that followed!
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Here’s the point: when Jesus died on the cross, the feast of Passover was “fully come”! So, we no longer celebrate Passover, for it was just a type/symbol…but we have the real thing now!
I Cor. 5
…even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold…
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…
A 2nd feast pointed to burial of Christ…
Feast of Unleavened Bread
Yeast/Leaven is symbolic of sin
Jesus body is buried (put into the ground)
Unleavened bread (he was without sin)
And John 12:24 takes on a deeper meaning:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
The 3rd was the feast of Firstfruits:
Every year they would take the firstfruits of their crop and offer it to the Lord, thanking the Lord for the harvest.
Predicting the resurrection of Christ!
I Cor. 15
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
The feast of firstfruits had fully come!
The 4th feast was called the Feast of Pentecost
Pentecost means 50th…it always came exactly 50 days after the feast of firstfruits. [also corresponds to giving of law/10 commandments!]