Sunday, February 9, 2014

What Meaneth This?

Acts 2: 12

What meaneth this?  This questioned surfaced first among hungry, curious people on the day of Pentecost over two thousand years ago.  However, that was not the only time or the last time the question has been asked.  This question reaches down through time to the twenty-first century.
Jesus said   “Man shall not live by bread alone.” (Luke 4:4) In other words, we have a spiritual hunger as well as a physical hunger.  There is an aching void in man’s soul with a quenchless hunger for the supernatural.  This God-shaped hole is in each of us; it is a vacuum in our being desiring to be filled.  The Holy Spirit baptism, first given on the Day of Pentecost, was designed by God to fill that need.
Many books have been written and many sermons preached in order to distort the meaning of this question.  The Holy Spirit baptism is not our final goal or the final lap of a Christian marathon but rather it is the qualifying factor for entry into the race.  Hebrews 2: 1-2 states “…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”   It is not an “added benefit” but an “absolute necessity” for Jesus said in John 3:5 “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” 
The receiving of the Holy Spirit was not just for the apostles and disciples in the early church but it is for us today!  It is not for a select few but for all to receive!  Acts 2: 39 says it is a “promise unto you , and unto your children, and  to all that are afar off. ” When Peter preached the first sermon on the day of Pentecost, the hearers asked what they should do and Peter responded “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”. (Acts 2:38)  This is how we are born again so let us follow Jesus’ command  in John 3:7  “you must be born again“ and Peter’s instruction in Acts 2: 38 and receive this wonderful, free gift!

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