The Coming of the Holy Spirit – Acts 2: 1-13
One Accord (v1) – Makes an important distinction – a historical fact. Not only were they all together in one place, but they were also all of one mind – unanimous, in agreement. Both physically (location) and mentally of the same mind because in Christ, they knew something no-one else did. Because of the parallel to the Jewish festivals they had seen significant events in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; Festival of Passover, of Unleavened Bread and of First Fruits. They had seen Jesus do some astonishing things and while they were still standing in total amazement looking intently up into the sky as Jesus ascended into heaven, two men in white robes appeared and asked them why they were looking into the sky. They said, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Who gets excited when you think about that? That’s amazing – He is going to come back the same way He left! There must have been a sense of excitement! Waiting for the promised gift. The mood is positive – they had seen the risen Lord. They had seen the First Fruits. They knew the Holy Spirit was coming, and they were waiting! That is why when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all in one place and of one mind.
Audible arrival of the Spirit (v2) Would you like God to reveal Himself to you in a miraculous way that you can undoubtedly know it is Him? God may use dramatic methods to work in your life or He may speak in a gentle whisper. Wait patiently and always be open, listening. Be ready!
Visible Visitation of the Spirit (v3) Visible tongues of fire – why tongues? Tongues symbolize speech and the communication of the Good News. Why flames? Fulfilment of prophecy (Matthew 3:11).
Cultural Curiosity (v4 to 11) More than 60 languages spoken and they heard about the wonders of God in their own tongues!
Amazing Miracle or Counterfeit Spirit (v12 to 13) Satan will always try and counterfeit what God is doing, he will imitate it. He will copy it and present it as holy. Some leaders in churches today promote being “drunk in the Spirit” and point to Acts 2:13 as justification for their teaching. But scripture points to the truth; Order and Control (Galatians 5:23,) Constructive and productive (Ephesians 5:18,) Stimulating and motivating and Joy and unity.
What does this mean? The indwelling of the Spirit is; given at the moment of salvation Ephesians 1:13, for all believers Galatians 3:2, not conditional, except faith in Christ John7:37-39, given permanently Ephesians 4:30, developing as we continue to surrender all of self to the Holy Spirit (self-control).
What does this mean for us practically? We should not grieve nor quench the Holy Spirit. Being filled with the Spirit is a steady submission of all one’s life to the work of the Spirit. We need to give Him free rein to occupy every part of our lives, guiding and controlling us. Then His power can be exerted through us being fruitful for God.