Act 2 – Scene 1
Acts two tells us of the fulfilment of Jesus promise to his disciples. For those who were obedient to Jesus and stayed in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit was given, their lives were never to be the same again. I often wonder what it would have been like to be in that room, do you? The anticipation, the excitement, the hope of what Jesus had said would happen. Would there have been frustration and questions in that mix as well? Quite possibly.
But then it happened as they were all together the sound like a mighty rushing wind, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and they all spoke in other tongues. We read in verses 5-13 that there were Jews from every nation under heaven and they became bewildered because they heard the disciples speaking in their respective languages. When you think for there perspective it would be, wouldn’t it?
However, when you view it from God’s perspective, we see it very differently especially as we follow the chapter through. Initially the devote Jews thought that the disciples were drunk, but Peter picks up on this opportunity to explain what is happening. In verse 41 we see that whose who believed what they heard, were baptised about 3000 of them!!!
In some evangelical/charismatic circles we have tended to make the Holy Spirit out to be a gift of God for our benefit to make us feel better and through whom we know God’s presence. However as we read the book of Acts we see that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, was given to believers for mission. The tongues that the first disciple spoke were languages that people understood and gave opportunity for mission to a lost word. Now this post is not the place to go into discussion on the gift of tongues, but safe to say that there is a tongue given, to the believer for personal edification and strengthening in the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:4). In this case here in Acts, the tongues that were spoken as the Spirit gave utterance were languages of the nations.
ANSWER THIS QUESTION IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW:
What do you think would happen if we truly grasped the Holy Spirit is given to us to enable us to carry on the mission of Jesus to a broken world?
The beauty of the gospel is that God, saves us because of Jesus, through his death and resurrection and all we need to do is respond to his gift of life and receive the empowering work of Holy Spirit so that we may fulfil His purposes in this world. This promised message is still to be told and it will be told through us.
The Spirit is given, so we can enter into His promise to live in his power and witness in his power to the glory of Jesus.