Summary: Dealing with a number of issues at EBC led me to a series by Pastor Jerry Shirley which God has graciously allowed me to revise and use to speak to our congregation.
The Day of The Fire Fell Acts 2:1-2:4
You may be wondering why we are going so slowly through the book of Acts but I promise you that I have a good reason.
You see, what is written in the book of Acts, as in the rest of the Bible, is extremely important to us, here at Elim Bible church and I don’t want to miss one single thing. So let’s see what the Word has in store for us today.
On this day the coming of Holy Spirit would be different from anything the Jews or anyone else for that matter had ever seen or experienced.
On this day, the Holy Spirit would indwell believers (move in), rather than simply “coming upon them,” like He did in the OT.
This would be a permanent filling!
This was the fulfillment of Jesus’ words in [John 14:16-17 NKJV] where He said “16 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever-- 17 "the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
You might even say it this way; before Pentecost the Holy Spirit was WITH God’s people, after Pentecost the Holy Spirit is IN God’s people!
In the last message we discovered 3 reasons the Holy Spirit is symbolized by wind…1.Wind is invisible 2.Wind is unstoppable and 3. Wind is essential and that was the miracle of sound!
Today, as we examine the fire of Pentecost, we will see the miracle of sight…
Look at verse 3. READ
This flame settled above the heads of all 120 disciples.
Why is the Holy Spirit symbolized by fire? Let me give you three reasons.
1. Because fire purifies
[Malachi 3:2-3 NIV] 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver;...”
[Numbers 31:23a NKJV] “everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean;…”
There was a group of women who met for Bible study. They were studying in the book of Malachi, chapter three when they came across verse three which says: "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered how this statement applied to the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out more about the process of refining silver, and to get back to the group at their next Bible study.
The following week, the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest, beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.
As she watched the silversmith work, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire, where the flames were the hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot, then she thought again about the verse, that "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver."