28 05 2012

Pentecost historically occurred 10 days after Jesus Ascension, and 50 days after his resurrection.

One area of Christianity that needs to be examined and carefully studied is the Holy Spirit. Christian radio and television promotes the Holy Spirit to such an extent, that Jesus Christ has almost been “evicted” off the air. So much emphasis is placed on the work, the ministry and the gifts of the Holy Spirit! There is a huge range of Holy Spirit seminars and conferences offered to Christians out there, which is not wrong in itself, but we can get side tracked and lose focus of God’s eternal purpose if we concentrate on the Holy Spirit. This teaching seeks to enlighten believers, although briefly on the purpose and work of the precious Holy Spirit as found in the scriptures.

Jesus Christ Himself explained the role of the Holy Spirit:

Joh 15:26 KJV But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Who will the Holy Spirit testify of? That’s right. Jesus Christ! The Holy Spirit does not testify of Himself.

Joh 16:13-14 KJV Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (14) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

The first thing that Jesus says about the Holy Spirit in verse 13, is that He is the Spirit of Truth, and that He will guide you into all truth. Who is Truth? Jesus Christ is:

Joh 8:32 KJV And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Joh 14:6 KJV  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: ….

Then Jesus goes on to say that the Holy Spirit does not speak of Himself. The Holy Spirit does not “boast” of Himself. He does not speak about Himself and exalt Himself. He always points to Someone else – Jesus Christ. His whole ministry is to speak of Another – Jesus Christ. In verse 14, Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will glorify Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will not bring attention to Himself or to His gifts but to Jesus Christ.

Joh 14:26 KJV  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit is the Teacher. He teaches us Christ. This is His primary role and ministry.

From this brief overview we get a better idea of what the Holy Spirit’s role is in the believers life is.

So let’s move on to the day of Pentecost.

“What was God’s purpose of Pentecost?”

Many people will answer that the purpose of Pentecost was so that we can receive “power”. This answer is based on this scripture:

Luk 24:49 KJV And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

It is true that we will receive power. But what power is Jesus talking about. Is He speaking solely about healing the sick, and casting out demons, and raising the dead?

We need to remember that Jesus’ disciples did all these things with power that Jesus Himself gave them, healing the sick, casting out demons and the other miracles PRIOR to Pentecost. We see this in:

Mat 10:1-8 KJV And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. …. (8) Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

If Jesus’ was meaning “power” to do miracles as stated in Luke 24:49, then why would it be necessary for Him to tell His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the same? I propose that Jesus was speaking of a different power – something completely different to what the disciples had already experienced. In fact not only did the disciples do miracles while Jesus was on earth, but 70 appointed others did as well:

Luk 10:1-20 KJV After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. … (9) And heal the sick that are therein, ….. ….. (17) And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. …..(19) Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: ….

If the power Jesus was talking about was doing miracles, then why did Jesus say this:

Luk 24:49 KJV And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
The first part of this verse Jesus is talking about “the promise of my Father.” Jesus was referring to the promise of the Holy Spirit. We read this in:

Isa 44:3 KJV For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

In the second part of this verse Jesus says that they must wait in Jerusalem to “be endued with power from on high ‘The word “endued” means “sinking into a garment”.

Pentecost was the fulfilment of what Jesus says in John 3:

John 3:3 Amplified Bible (AMP) 3 Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God

No one before Pentecost was born again. In other words, no one before Pentecost was “in Christ.” No one had Christ in them as their life!!!

On the day of Pentecost, the believers were baptized into the Body of Christ –

1Co 12:13 KJV  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

The believers were immersed into Christ! On the day of Pentecost, they were baptized into His death and into His life. They were placed IN to HIM. This was the fulfilment of Gods eternal purpose as stated in Ephesians 1:4.

Eph 1:4 KJV According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

They were born again by God placing His Seed Christ into them by the Holy Spirit. Before Pentecost, no one could be born again. Pentecost ushered in the most incredible age: Christ in us the hope of Glory. It was now possible for believers to be placed into Him – into Christ.

Now coming back to the power that Jesus said the believers would be clothed in from on high. Jesus explains in detail exactly what the power was that they were to receive:

Joh 14:16-20 KJV And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (18) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (19) Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. (20) At that day (The day of Pentecost) ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Jesus is clear. He says that on the day of Pentecost, they will know something! Jesus does not say that on Pentecost, they would heal and do miracles! Jesus said that they will know something! They would know that Christ is in them – just like Christ and God are One, they are one with Them because they have been joined to the Lord – 1 Cor 6:17. Unfortunately none of the people in the upper room on the day of Pentecost knew or understood what had actually happened to them. They were so excited that they missed what Jesus Himself told them would happen. They prophesied and spoke in tongues and the gifts of the Giver were flowing, but they missed the true meaning – Christ in them!!!!! They did not understand that The GIVER OF THE GIFTS was in them.

This is the reason for Pentecost. The purpose of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit was not solely to give miraculous power  – THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT. The purpose of Pentecost was so that men could be born again, born of incorruptible Seed by God The Father. The purpose of Pentecost was that men would know that Christ lived in them as born again believers.

The power Jesus was talking about was to give the believer a ‘knowing’. It says in Jn 14 verse 20 that we are to know something! Or should I say know “SOMEONE” – To know Christ in us!!! To know Christ in us is the greatest power any believer could ever receive – because Christ is the power of God!!!

1Co 1:24 KJV ….. Christ the power of God, ….

If we know Him – Christ in us, who is the power in us, then signs and wonders will follow as a natural outflow of Him out of us. By not ‘knowing’ that Christ is in us and we are “in Christ”, we are stifling the Person of Christ in us. We are actually limiting Him and frustrating His working through us. We are limiting His outflow through us by our lack of understanding in our soul.

Let me give you an illustration to help you understand: Our minds are like a tap, a tap reduces the flow of water from the main supply into the basin. The tap regulates the water flow. Our minds can be likened to a tap. Because we do not ‘know’ Christ in us, we have a very limited ‘flow’ of living water from the Living Fount within us. Our minds reduce Him to a ‘trickle’, but in reality, He is a ‘torrent’ waiting to be ‘released’ through us to a lost world.

The more our minds come to ‘know’ Him in us, the stronger He will be able to flow through us. This is when the true power of God, Christ in us, will be revealed to the world. This is the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. He will teach us Christ in us to us.
This is why Paul stated so many times that he would know Christ in him.

Look at these verses emphasizing knowing Christ:

Php 3:10 KJV That I may know him, …..

1Jn 5:20 KJV And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true,

1Co 2:2 KJV For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1Co 2:12 KJV Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

2Ti 1:12 KJV For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, ……

In closing, Power is knowing Christ in you. As long as we think that power is something else, we will live powerlessly praying for something that God has already given us – His Son Christ. Everything we need for life and Godliness is already ours in Christ.

This is why Jesus tells his disciples that they will receive ‘power’ AFTER the Holy Spirit has come upon them:

Act 1:8 KJV But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Why does He say ‘after’? Because the Holy Spirit is The Teacher. He is there to teach us Christ in us! Only after the Holy Spirit has revealed Christ in us to us – is there true Power. It takes time to teach someone Christ – therefore “AFTER.”

When we preach Christ, the power of God goes forth. Lives will be changed and people will be amazed when Christ is preached.

The Holy Spirit is the Christ Teacher. He reveals Christ in us to us. This is His role and a vital one at that. Without the Holy Spirit we will never know what is ours in Christ!!!

1Co 2:5-11 KJV That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (6) Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: (7) But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: (8) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.



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