Sometimes I find myself somewhat concerned, as to how we view the amazing outpouring of the Holy Spirit recorded in Acts Chapter 2. There are times it can be retold, simply as a historical event which has little implication for us today. On other occasions, I hear people using the story in order to lend support for their theological persuasion. However, after reflecting this week on the point of Pentecost, I am convinced that what God did 2000 years ago is more amazing, staggering, stupendous and indeed relevant to us, than we often imagine.
Throughout the Old Testament, prophecy ‘builds’ as God promises a new era, a new covenant, and a new revelation of His grace. After the Holy Spirit is spectacularly ‘poured out’ upon the 120 who gathered, Peter proclaims the truth to those who watch on. Peter, the fearful fisherman, who only days before denied knowing Jesus to a ‘servant girl, now stands boldly before the multitudes. How thrilling then, that after noting a number of fulfilled promises from the Old Testament text, he assures his hearers, ‘The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39)
Please do be encouraged by that this week. God wants us to come into the fullness of our inheritance; God wants us to be filled afresh by his promised Holy Spirit.
Yours in expectation, Gareth