Fed up with Religion? Experience PENTECOST!
The word Pentecost is derived from the Greek word pentecoste which means "the
fiftieth day." It was called the Feast of Harvest (Exodus 23:16), or the
Day of First Fruits (Numbers 28:26), which fell on the 50th day after the Feast
of the Passover (Zondervan Pictorial Dictionary). This was the day of the initial
outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4), and the preaching of the original
plan of salvation for the church age (Acts 2:38). Pentecost now speaks of a
great Biblical experience that offers to all a better way of life!
PROPHESIED BY THE PROPHETS
Joel prophesied, "It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out
my Spirit upon all flesh..." (Joel 2:28). Isaiah spoke, "With stammering
lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, this
is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing"
(Isaiah 28:11, 12). Ezekiel announced, "A new heart also will I give you,
and a new Spirit will I put within you..." (Ezekiel 36:26). John the Baptist
preached, "...He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I
am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire"
PROMISED BY JESUS
Jesus said, "...If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He
that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly (Revised
Version - from within) shall flow rivers of living waters. (But this spake He
of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost
was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified)" (John 7:37-39).
(Also see John 16:7; 14:26.) "Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ
to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and
remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning
at Jerusalem...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"
(Luke 24:46-49). "John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost not many days hence" (Acts 1:5). "And these signs
shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues" (Mark 16:17).
Jews Experienced Pentecost
EXPERIENCED BY BELIEVERS
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they (120 disciples) were
all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven
as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon
each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). As
Peter preached to the people (devout Jews from every nation) who came to witness
the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the question was asked, "...What
shall we do?" Peter said, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive
the gift of the Holy Ghost...They that gladly received the Word were baptized:
and the same day there were added unto them (the 120) about 3,000 souls"
Gentiles Experienced Pentecost
Peter preached the Word of God to Gentiles in Caesarea: "The Holy Ghost
fell on them which heard the Word. And they of the circumcision (Jews) which
believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them SPEAK WITH
TONGUES, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that
these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as
we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord (Revised Version,
Weymouth, Vulgate - name of Jesus Christ)" (Acts 10:44-48).
Disciples of John the Baptist Experienced Pentecost
"...Paul having passed through the upper coast came to Ephesus: and finding
certain disciples, he said to them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost SINCE YE
BELIEVED? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there
be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the
baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him
which should come after him, which is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this,
they were baptized (rebaptized) in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul
had laid his hands upon mem, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with
tongues, and prophesied" (Acts 19:1-6).
You Can Experience Pentecost
Both the Bible and history prove that Pentecost has not ceased to be a Biblical
experience among believers today, and is now the largest Christian movement
in the twentieth century.
Newsweek, June 25, 1973, p. 80 - The Pentecostal phenomenon has spread with
surprising speed through all of the world's major Christian churches.
Christianity Today, October 16, 1987, p. 6 -Pentecostalism has mushroomed into
the largest Christian movement in the twentieth century. No one knows how big
it really is, but statistics are staggering.
The Pentecostal experience is for you if you will believe according to God's
Word (John 7:38, 39; Acts 2:38). Peter assured, "For the promise is unto
you, and to your children, and to ALL that are afar off, even as many as the
Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39).
IMPORTANCE OF PENTECOST
The Pentecostal experience is more than just an added blessing: It is essential
to salvation! Jesus emphasized, "...Except a man be born of water and of
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). Paul declared,
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His
mercy He saved us, (how?) by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the
Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not
the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His" (Romans 8:9).
OFFERS A BETTER WAY OF LIFE
Jesus assured, "...I am come that they might have LIFE, and that they might
have it MORE ABUNDANTLY" (John 10:10). "Ye shall receive POWER, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..." (Acts 1:8). Paul said, "...The
LOVE OF GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto
us" (Romans 5:5). "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but RIGHTEOUSNESS,
and PEACE, and JOY in the Holy Ghost" (Romans 14:17). "Now the Lord
is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY"
(2 Corinthians 3:17). "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a NEW CREATURE:
old things are passed away; behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW" (2 Corinthians
5:17). "...Even so we also shall walk in NEWNESS OF LIFE" (Romans
A CHANGE FOR BETTER LIFE
If you are fed up with powerless, dead religion, why not make a change for the
better? You can enjoy abundant life in the Holy Spirit. Simply come to God with
a repentant heart and receive ALL that He has for you in His Word. There is
no need to miss out on this wonderful experience. I urge you to EXPERIENCE PENTECOST!