Today’s thought “Witnessing, empowered by the Holy Spirit” (April 26)

Today’s thought

“Witnessing, empowered by the Holy Spirit”

(April 26)

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The image here from Walters manuscript w.106 depicts a scene from the life of Christ. After Christ Ascended into heaven, the day of Pentecost came. All the apostles were sitting in one place, and a sound came from heaven like the rush of mighty wind. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues. – William de Brailes (fl. from 1230 until 1260)

Today we read about the disciples of Christ who were first hiding in a room when suddenly a noise came from heaven. It sounded like a strong wind blowing. This noise filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like flames of fire. The flames were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. The Holy Spirit was giving them the power to speak these languages.

The had witnessed the death of their master teacher and had become so confused about the one they thought would be the Messiah. But now when those tongues of fire came over them they received the Power of God to understand and to speak.

Being the day of Pentecost coming, there were some religious Jews staying in Jerusalem who were from every country in the world. When they heard the strange noise, a crowd came together. They were all surprised, because each one heard them from Galilee speaking in his own language, though they came from different places like Parthia, Media, Elam, Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the areas of Libya near Cyrene, Rome  (both Jews and those who had become Jews), Crete and Arabia.

Having received the Power of God they came to dare to speak about the resurrection recognising it being the crux of the gospel. The resurrection is the vindication of Jesus, the public declaration of the Father that Jesus was who he said he was, the sent one from God, who was authorised by the Father to speak in His name, and who gave his body as a ransom for all so that salvation could come over them and resurrection of man would await them.

From that moment the promised helper Holy Spirit came over them, they were changed. Their fear had gone and they at last understood the importance of their master and his teachings. Now they understood it was not for nothing that they had spend so much time with this teacher from Nazareth.

We too should come to believe in Christ Jesus and his resurrection and should know that it is no waste of time to learn more about him and his teachings as well as learning about the One Who had sent him. Our life spent in devotion and service to God is not a waste of time because it is the appropriate response to the single greatest event in all of human history. God the Father did in fact raise His Son Jesus from the dead. In that resurrection we get a proof what can happen to us too. In case Jesus would have been God, we would not have such a proof that man can come out of the dead. By Jesus being a son of man, a man of flesh and blood, we must see that this reality of his resurrection should be a foundation for our hope.

The apostle Peter spends the majority of his sermon, the first evangelistic sermon of the church, no less, talking about and defending the resurrection. Later we also find one of the strong enemies of the first followers of Christ, being converted and as ‘apostle’ Paul united in the other apostle’s their proclamation that a gospel without the resurrection was no gospel at all. A gospel centred upon the resurrection, however, had the power to change the world.

We too should recognise the importance of Jesus’ death and resurrection. We too should come to spread the Good News Jesus was telling so many centuries ago. There did not come an end to that Gospel. Like the apostles came to understand the task Jesus had given them we too should not neglect our responsibility. So let us witness, empowered by the Holy Spirit and informed (both Scripturally and historically) by the truth of the resurrection.

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in such a dramatic way marked those present. Lots of people became amazed and confused. Some thought those speaking in tongues

“have had too much wine.”

 These men though were not drunk, being it only nine o’clock in the morning. We are reminded that Joel the prophet wrote about what happened there that day and what shall happen in our days. We should see that there on Pentecost we may find the beginning of Christianity her community or ‘the Church’. We also should remember that in the last days the Most High shall give His Spirit freely to all kinds of people. Coming closer to the end-times we shall find sons and daughters who will prophesy and old men who will dream dreams, whilst young men will see visions. It is at that time that Jehovah will give His Spirit, even to His servants, both men and women. And it are those who love God who should present themselves as servants for God. as servants of Christ we should show the world that we are servants unto obedience, like Christ willing to do the Will of God.

As the apostles and first followers of Christ we too should find peace in the assurance that Jesus paid the price for our sins and that he paved the way for us to the small gate of the Kingdom of God. With the knowledge that

“We are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” (Heb 12:24)

we have come to understand that the blood of Jesus is the life of all vital godliness and having come to Jesus, we know how the Holy Spirit sweetly brought us here. By the call of God we came to see that Jesus should be our  soul’s desire as a blessed sign of divine work within. by him being our mediator between God and man we can ask Jehovah in Jesus his name. Then anyone who asks Jehovah for help will be saved.

Joel 2:32 The Scriptures 1998+ (32) “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the Name of יהוה {Jehovah} shall be delivered1. For on Mount Tsiyon and in Yerushalayim there shall be an escape2 as יהוה has said, and among the survivors whom יהוה calls. Footnotes: 1Acts 2:21, Rom. 10:13. 2Isa. 4:2-3, Obad. v. 17, Rev. 14:1.

It is as true followers of Christ, being saved by him, that we as New Creatures can grow ourselves but have others grow too in grace and knowledge and love; and as New Creatures that, by and by, we shall be perfected in the First Resurrection and come to the throne with our Lord and Master as our Head.

 

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Preceding

Today’s thought “Man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of Jehovah” (April 24)

Today’s thought “A blessing and a curse” (April 25)

Today’s thought “What does the LORD your God require …?” (April 25)

Today’s thought “Everyone whom the Lord calls to himself” (April 26)

Today’s thought “Ability to receive ableness from God” (May 11)

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Additional reading

  1. Seven Bible Feasts of JHWH
  2. To believe in the liberation of slavery and to repent
  3. The day of the festival of Pentecost
  4. Nazarene Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2 v1-13 Working Spirit
  5. The Acts Of The Sent Ones Chapter 2
  6. Hebraic Roots Bible Book of The Acts of the Apostles Chapter 2
  7. Speaking in tongues (Biblestudents)
  8. Tongues a sign of authenticity or divine backing
  9. Meaning of “speaking in tongues”
  10. A new school-, academic and church year
  11. Pope Francis I on the Holy Spirit
  12. Speaking in tongues (Our world)
  13. May, for many a month for mothers and many celebrations
  14. Religious celebrations in May 2016

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