THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON THE TRIUNE GOD
DAY OF PENTECOST
On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came down
on the disciples, empowering them for worldwide mission,
and the Church was born. It was an awesome event,
with a noise like a strong driving wind, tongues of
fire, and speaking in tongues.
pilgrims in Jerusalem were astounded and amazed, and
they were confused and bewildered. We too should be
astounded and amazed. But let us not be confused or
is what Peter said happened, in accordance with the
prophecy of Joel.
“‘It will come to pass in the last days,’
God says, ‘that I will pour out a portion of
my spirit upon all flesh. …. and it shall be
that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name
of the Lord.’” (Acts 2:17a,21)
Pentecost is the work of the Triune God. The Father
pours out His Spirit on those who call on the Son,
The plan of the Father
God raised Israel and entered into covenant with her,
making the Israelites His very own people. God loved
them and prospered them, but they were unfaithful.
At some point, God allowed the chastisement of His
people, with a terrible invasion of locusts ravaging
Judah. The prophet Joel called for repentance and
prayer for deliverance. God answered with a promise
to bless them with peace and prosperity, including
the pouring out of the spirit on all flesh.
the outpouring of the spirit would come restoration,
and with restoration would come the salvation of God.
people eventually persisted in their infidelities
and lost it all. But the plan of God for His people
would continue. God then sent His Son into the world
to win salvation for all.
The work of the Son
Jesus became man and went to the cross to save us
from our sins. By his death and resurrection, Jesus
won for us our salvation. This salvation is available
to all, but one must accept the gift. Those who accept
Jesus as Savior and Lord are saved (Rom 10:9).
for one to be able to call on the name of the Lord,
they have to believe; in order to believe, they must
first hear the good news; in order to hear, there
must be those who proclaim the gospel; in order for
there to be preachers, they must be sent (Rom 10:14-15a).
The power of the Spirit
Such evangelizers, human persons doing divine work,
needed to be empowered from on high.
Son spoke about the promise of the Father to send
the Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). Jesus said, “But you
will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon
you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout
Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Holy Spirit provides the empowerment for worldwide
mission. The Spirit enables God’s people to
become living witnesses to Jesus and his saving work.
On the day of Pentecost, the Church, the new people
of God, the new Israel, was born.
does one appropriate the salvation won by the Son,
participate in the plan of the Father, and be empowered
by the Holy Spirit? Peter explained what God had done:
“God raised this Jesus; …. he received
the promise of the holy Spirit ….” (Acts
2:32-33). And so what is our proper response? Peter
continues, “…. God has made him both Lord
and Messiah, …. Repent and be baptized, every
one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the
holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:36,38).
the day of Pentecost, God fulfilled His promise. God
poured out His Spirit on those who called on the Son.
On the day of Pentecost God raised the new Israel.
It was an exciting event in salvation history, as
God’s plan continued to unfold. The time of
evangelization and mission had been launched.
are privileged to be a part of it.
starter for household meetings:
your acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord, do you
believe you have received the Spirit? If so, you have
been drafted as God’s evangelizer. How have
you responded to the call to evangelize?
May 31, 2009
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