VIDEO Holy Spirit filled disciples on Day of Pentecost – Muslim family converts to Christianity, testimony

The Holy Spirit filled the disciples on the Day of Pentecost

The Day of Pentecost commemorates the day when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 12 disciples after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. Many Christians mark this date as the beginning of the Christian Church as we know it.

Historically, Pentecost (Shavout) is a Jewish feast celebrating the giving of the Torah and the summer wheat harvest.

It was celebrated 50 days after Passover and was marked by pilgrims coming to Jerusalem from all over the world to celebrate the event.

The Day of Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter in Western branches of Christianity. Church services on this day are marked by red robes and banners signifying the fiery winds of the Holy Spirit. Red flowers may adorn alters and other areas. In Eastern branches of Christianity, the Day of Pentecost is one of the Great Feasts.

A Day of Pentecost Like No Other

In the New Testament book of Acts, we read about an unusual event on the Day of Pentecost. About 40 days after the resurrection of Jesus, the 12 apostles and other early followers were gathered together in a house in Jerusalem to celebrate the traditional Jewish Pentecost. Also present were Jesus’ mother, Mary, and other female followers. Suddenly, a terrific wind came from heaven and filled the place:

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4, NIV)

Immediately, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, causing them to speak in tongues. The crowds of visitors were astonished because every pilgrim heard the apostles speaking to him or her in their own foreign language. Some people in the crowd thought the apostles were drunk.

Seizing the moment, the Apostle Peter stood and addressed the crowd gathered that day. He explained that the people were not drunk, but empowered by the Holy Spirit. This was the fulfillment of the prophecy in the Old Testament book of Joel that the Holy Spirit would be poured out on all people. It marked a turning point in the early church. With the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, Peter preached boldly to them about Jesus Christ and God’s plan of salvation.

The crowd was so moved when Peter told them of their part in the crucifixion of Jesus that they asked the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37, NIV). The right response, Peter told them, was to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. He promised that they, too, would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Taking the gospel message to heart, Acts 2:41 records that about 3,000 people were baptized and added to the fledgling Christian church on that Day of Pentecost.

Points of Interest From the Day of Pentecost Account

  • The apostles had chosen Mathias to replace Judas Iscariot, who had hanged himself. That brought their number back to 12.
  • Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus had promised his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit to give them strength and wisdom to spread the gospel throughout the world (Acts 1:8). Thus, the events of that day were seen as the fulfillment of this crucial prophecy.
  • The apostles’ ability to address foreign visitors in their own languages was a miracle from God. After they were filled with the Holy Spirit, the Bible says the 12 disciples performed many other miracles and wondrous signs.
  • Right from the start of the church, as demonstrated on this Day of Pentecost in the book of Acts, God offered salvation to all nations. Christians steadfastly believe that whoever calls on the name of Jesus, repents, and believes in him will be saved.
  • A belief in the real presence of the Holy Spirit as described in this account of the Day of Pentecost is integral to the Christian faith. Today, 2,000 years later, believers are still filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and call upon the Spirit whenever they are in need strength or guidance.

Question for Reflection

When it comes to Jesus Christ, each of us must answer the same question as these early seekers: “What shall we do?” Jesus cannot be ignored. Have you decided yet what you are going to do? To gain eternal life in heaven, there is only one right response: Repent of your sins, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and turn to him for salvation.


 

 

Kerala (Malayali) Muslim family convert to Christian Pentecost testimony

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Even If

Even If

The God we serve is able to deliver us from [the fire] . . . . But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods. Daniel 3:17–18

Sometimes life deals us a tremendous blow. Other times the miraculous happens.

Three young men, captives in Babylon, stood in front of the fearsome king of that land and boldly proclaimed that under no circumstances would they worship the giant image of gold towering above them. Together they declared: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know . . . we will not . . . worship the image” (Daniel 3:17–18).

God is able to give us strength and hope for each day–no matter the circumstance.

These three men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—were hurled into the fiery furnace; and God miraculously delivered them so that not a hair of their head was singed and their clothing was smoke-free (vv. 19–27). They had been prepared to die but their trust in God was unwavering—“even if” He had not saved them.

God desires that we cling to Him—even if our loved one isn’t healed, even if we lose our job, even if we are persecuted. Sometimes God rescues us from danger in this life, and sometimes He doesn’t. But the truth we can hold firmly is this: “The God we serve is able,” loves us, and is with us in every fiery trial, every even if.

Dear Lord, we love You! Please give us unwavering faith—and strength and hope for each day—no matter the circumstance.

God is able.

By Alyson Kieda

No One Is Beyond God’s Reach

Luke 23:39-43

A few years ago, one of our church deacons died. In preparing for his funeral, I thought about the truth that countless people realized because of his life: If God can save that man, He can save anyone.

The deacon was a Christian for 30-plus years, but before that, he’d lived hard. He participated in some despicable activities and had to pay the price behind bars. But once God got hold of him, he couldn’t stay quiet about his heart’s transformation. This former slave to sin spent part of each week sharing the gospel in prisons. The inmates listened, and many believed because their minister’s life was a testament to God’s power. This deacon would often share excitedly with me about those who had come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Scripture very clearly states that the Lord’s desire is for all people to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4). No one can do anything to put himself beyond God’s reach. Yet many people believe that is exactly where they are—too far, too dirty, or too hopeless for the Father to want them. The church desperately needs Christians willing to share their testimony. It doesn’t make any difference if your story is less dramatic than my friend’s—God will set men and women in your path, for whom your witness is like manna from heaven.

If you are a believer, then you have been commissioned to make disciples for Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19). Start telling your story to those who are willing to listen. After hearing what the Lord has done, some will say, “If God can do that for you, He can do it for me, too!”

Is There A Judging Error?

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17-18)

In order to mark and avoid those professing Christian teachers and leaders who are promoting doctrinal heresy (thus causing divisions among Christian believers), it is obvious that we must exercise sound biblical discernment and judgment. This judgment must be based on “the doctrine which ye have learned” from God’s Word. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).

Such decisions are not to be based on supposed scholarship, tolerance, or eloquence, for such teachers “by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” Instead, we must know and apply God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures. We must be like the Bereans, who, when they heard new teachings, “searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

It is sadly true today that many who call themselves Christians have compromised with the pseudo-scientific worldview of evolutionary humanism that controls all secular schools and colleges, hoping thereby to avoid the “offence of the cross” (Galatians 5:11) and to remain on good terms with “the princes of this world” and “the wisdom of this world” (1 Corinthians 2:6).

They do this for their own personal gain or prestige, however, not serving Christ “but their own belly” (Romans 16:18). Those who are simple Bible-believing Christians are, therefore, not to be deceived by their “good words” but to “mark” and avoid them. HMM

Have salt in yourselves

Mark 9:33-44, 49, 50

Mark 9:33, 34

This was the old evil, and it broke forth in many ways and at singular times. The Master spoke of his death, and the disciples spoke of pre-eminence. He was infinitely superior to the best of his followers, and in nothing more evidently so than in the unselfishness of his nature. Oh that we may have grace to keep clear of the apostles fault!

Mark 9:38

Surely this was a case of schism! John had in his bosom all the zeal of the high-churchman, and his fellow apostles shared the feeling. This unknown worker honoured the name of Jesus and was clothed in his power, and one would have thought that the apostles would have recognised him as a brother: but no, “he followeth not us” was enough to sour all their brotherly kindness, and they forbad the good man to cast out any more devils, or to do anything more in the name of Jesus. This was after the approved model of churchianity; we shall see in the next verse that it was not Christianity.

Mark 9:39, 40

Even if the man himself were not sincere, yet, for his own credit’s sake, he could not become an open opposer of the Lord. His aid was secured, so far, at least, that he could not become a reviler of that name by which he had wrought wonders. If the proud professors who reject all who dissent from them would at least remember that those whom they despise are not enemies of Christ, they might treat them with a little more consideration than they now do.

Mark 9:41, 42

offend or cause to stumble

Mark 9:41, 42

Beware, then, lest by word or act we cause any child of God to sin.

Mark 9:44

There is a worm undying, and a fire unquenchable. Let men say what they will, the wrath of God abides for ever upon those who die unsaved. It is worth while to make any sacrifice rather than fall for ever into hell.

Mark 9:49

Either we must be tried with fire here or hereafter. Self-denial and endurance of our Lord’s will must be the salt and the fire of our sacrifice in this life, or else the endless woes of the wrath of God shall be both preserving salt and con-sinning fire to us in another world. Far better to accept the light afflictions of to-day, than to endure the fierce flames of perdition.

To be sung or read

 

Behold, how good a thing it is,

And how becoming well,

Together, such as brethren are,

In unity to dwell!

 

Like precious ointment on the head,

That down the beard did flow,

E’en Aaron’s beard, and to the skirts

Did of his garments go.

 

As Hermon’s dew, the dew that doth

On Sion’s hills descend;

For there the blessing God commands,

Life that shall never end.

 

Then Pentecost Came

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses. (Acts 1:8)

As we read the New Testament, we find a very simple and very plain and very forceful truth—the Holy Spirit makes a difference!

Consider the early disciples—Jesus Himself had taught them for more than three years—the greatest Bible school! But still He had to caution them and encourage them not to depend on their own wisdom and strength: “Tarry ye… until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49b). He promised that they would receive the Person of the Holy Spirit to carry out His plan of world evangelization.

After Pentecost, the Spirit brought them a new and vivid consciousness of the actual Presence of God. He gave them the gifts of divine joy and peace. He gave them great and continuing delight in prayer and communion with God!

Finally, we recall that before Pentecost the disciples could only ask questions. After Pentecost, throughout the record in the book of Acts, they stood in the authority of the Spirit and answered all of the questions of the people concerning God’s plan of salvation through the crucified and risen Christ!

 

We May Speak For God

‘There fore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.’ Jer. 15:19

Poor Jeremiah! Yet why do we say so? The weeping prophet was one of the choicest servants of God, and honored by Him above many. He was hated for speaking the truth. The word which was so sweet to him was bitter to his hearers, yet he was accepted of his Lord. He was commanded to abide in his faithfulness, and then the Lord would continue to speak through him. He was to deal boldly and truthfully with men, and perform the Lord’s winnowing work upon the professors of his day, and then the Lord gave him this word, “Thou shalt be as my mouth.”

What an honor! Should not every preacher, yea, every believer, covet it? For God to speak by us, what a marvel! We shall speak sure, pure truth; and we shall speak it with power. Our word shall not return void; it shall be a blessing to those who receive it, and those who refuse it shall do so at their peril. Our lips shall feed many. We shall arouse the sleeping and call the dead to life.

O dear reader, pray that it may be so with all the sent servants of our Lord.

 

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