The people of Israel celebrated Pentecost for about 1500 years, prior to the New Testament Pentecost. They called it ‘Shavuot’ (Feast of Weeks) in Hebrew. The Old Testament Pentecost, which started on Mount Sinai, and continued through the centuries, was a shadow of the New Testament Pentecost we see in the Book of Acts, chapter 2. In the new Pentecost, God came inside the 120 people gathered in the upper room. Till then, people knew God as an external and distant God, giving directions from a distance. When talking to Moses, God warned that people should not come near the mountain where He was meeting Moses. But from the day of the New Pentecost described in Acts 2, God started residing inside His people. The throne of the Almighty was shifted into the hearts of His children.
In the Old Testament, people always heard God as an external voice from a distance, from a mountaintop, clouds, or through the prophets. But as the Holy Spirit filled and started dwelling inside the disciples, they could hear Him as an internal voice. God has now put inside us, His children, an internal guiding system. In the Old Testament, the law was written externally on tablets of stone. From the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit started writing the law on tablets of the hearts of His people. Today, we have an internalized law. This is the fulfillment of the prophecy given in Jeremiah 31:33 – “ “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” ”. The physical ministry the priests used to do in the Old Testament days gave way to spiritual ministry after the New Pentecost. Once the Holy Spirit comes to reside in a person, the whole of heaven comes inside them. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is IN YOU is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Pentecost had a personal impact on each one of the disciples. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). The disciples who once hid inside closed doors were now boldly preaching to multitudes, even in front of authorities and kings. Peter who denied being with Jesus was preaching that Jesus is the Savior of the world. The unschooled, ordinary men were preaching powerfully the great things of God. Pentecost makes you bold for God. The Holy Spirit equips and encourages you to do great things.
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29). This was the plan of God. He chooses us and empowers us through the Holy Spirit so that all glory and credit would belong to the Almighty God. The day of Pentecost changed everything. Today, everything is internalized, and empowered by God we are carrying the law, power, and heaven within us. The more you release it, the more you allow the Holy Spirit to move inside you, the more He will manifest in your life and through you.
Pentecost provides you personal power. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). The purpose of this power is to enable you to witness Jesus to the world. Pentecost unleashes spiritual, supernatural power on you to serve the Lord and impact the people around you. This is the power that enabled the disciples to stand boldly before the government officials and kings, suffer persecutions, and even to give up their lives for Jesus. Peter was a powerless man who could not overcome temptations and faced many failures. But on the day of Pentecost, God turned him into the most powerful weapon in His hands. Pentecost changes powerless people into powerful people. As the power of the Holy Spirit comes upon you, the anointing will make you victorious and triumphant in Jesus.
Many of the disciples were from Galilee. They were considered as people from lower strata of the society, unschooled, unqualified, and ordinary. But God chose them over the wise and the rich. He chose them over the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes. God was pleased to use them to save people through the ‘foolishness of preaching’ because many consider preaching as foolishness. The disciples were not theologians but they started carrying the Holy Spirit in their lives after their Pentecostal experience. The anointing of the Holy Spirit can overcome lack of anything in your life. The anointing is enough to overcome all your shortcomings and failures. Realize the power the Holy Spirit has placed inside of you.
The Spirit of God is also the spirit of remembrance. Jesus taught the disciples for three and half years. He explained Scriptures from the Old Testament to them, especially during the 40 days after His resurrection. He explained to them the prophecies about Him but they forgot everything. However, when the Holy Spirit came, He reminded them of everything Jesus had taught them. That is how Peter quoted the Old Testament Scriptures about Jesus in his first preaching on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit can remind you all the Scriptures you have read or heard when He comes alive in you.
“Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, “I am strong!” ” (Joel 3:10). How could the weak say ‘I am strong’? It is by the Holy Spirit. “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zachariah 4:6). The Holy Spirit is the secret to a weak person becoming strong. You could be weak in nature, but the Holy Spirit makes you strong because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! “I can do all this through him [Christ] who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). This strength is flowing from the inside of you. There is a personal power working inside you that will strengthen you when you are weak. Jesus said ‘you cannot do anything without me’. Always be dependent on the Holy Spirit and become strong. Standing with the Almighty and hidden in God, the Rock of Ages, you will be victorious.
Pentecost also makes you passionate for God. The passionate Holy Spirit imparts fire into the hearts of God’s children. He is the fire from the altar of God in heaven and when He moves in you, you would be ablaze for God. Passion attracts people, as we see happen on the day of Pentecost. Peter did not give an already prepared, written down, eloquent speech. Filled with the Holy Spirit he preached passionately, which attracted the crowd on that day. Passion for God can compensate for your lack of skills and talents.
Pentecost makes you sharp and effective. “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” ” (Acts 2:37). The anointing of the Holy Spirit brings effectiveness. One stone in the hands of David was more effective against Goliath than the weapons of a whole army because he was under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Similarly, just a few Scriptures spoken by Peter under the anointing of the Holy Spirit could penetrate the hearts of the crowd gathered on the day of Pentecost, causing them to repent of their sins and get saved. Anointed by the Holy Spirit, you could also become a powerful tool in the hands of God.
Pentecost can change your focus. The disciples were hoping for the reestablishment of a Jewish kingdom and they were focused on the positions they might hold in that new kingdom. Some of them were worldly, carnal, self-centered, looking for higher positions. But their self-centeredness changed into Christ-centeredness on the day of Pentecost. The anointing changed their focus and perspectives, and they sacrificed everything, even their lives, for Jesus. They wanted to know Christ more, live for Him, and serve Him. When the Holy Spirit comes, he will change your focus.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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