Acts 2:1-2. When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Ten days earlier, just before ascending into heaven, Jesus had told the disciples to go back to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit. Then, on the day of Pentecost, it happened. The Spirit came down in wind and fire and rested on each of them. And all Heaven broke loose.
It was the beginning of a new age, a new covenant, a new people for God. The church’s birthday!
Jesus had promised that this day would come. That HE would come.
John 14:18. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
He promised that both the Son and the Father would make their home in us.
John 14:23. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word , and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
And that this will happen as we receive the Helper.
John 14:16-17. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth.
And the result would be peace.
John 14:27. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
John 15:9. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
John 15:11. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
And the truth that is Jesus Christ.
John 16:13. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
All of this, the character of Christ, the truth of Christ, the indwelling life of the Trinity, came to us and into us on Pentecost. Everything that Christ accomplished for us will now be accomplished through us. All that he commanded of us will now be possible for us. All that his life offers to us is now found in us.
This is why Christ died. Why he endured the cross, despising the shame. Why he was exalted to the throne of Heaven, seated next to the Father. It has all led up to this day. The day of the outpouring of Christ’s life into the world through the Spirit. The Spirit in us is how God will dwell with his people and be their God. It is how the whole world will know of Christ and his love. It is how Jesus will be exalted. It is how the gospel will be spread.
By the performing of great miracles? Healing? Prophesying? Speaking in tongues? Preaching sermons where 3000 people get saved?
To have the Holy Spirit in us might mean a miracle, or a prophetic utterance, or speaking in tongues. But the scriptural evidence seems to suggest that these gifts are unique and limited. But the fruit of the Spirit is far more effective for proclaiming Christ than the gifts of the Spirit. Peace. Love. Joy. Every single Christian has all of these in unlimited supply. All of Christ’s peace. All of Christ’s love. All of Christs joy. All of the time. Forever.
No need to ask for a greater supply of these.
No need to pursue some deeper experience of these.
No need for any kind of spiritual experience beyond these.
“To live is Christ” is made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the giver of Christ’s peace, love, and joy to all who are in Christ by faith. The peace, love, and joy that surround our hearts when we trust that Jesus Christ has done it all in our place. The peace, love, and joy that then propel our hearts forward into a decaying, broken, and sorrow filled world. And the peace, love, and joy that will tear down every wall of separation in the world when we allow him to fill the house with his presence.
Are you experiencing Christ’s peace, love, and joy? Why or why not?
You in Christ
In Christ you have his peace, love, and joy by the Spirit. How does knowing this help you to move forward in experiencing them?
Christ in you
Where in your daily life do you need to hear Jesus saying to you “My peace I give to you,” or, “Abide in my love,” or, “let your joy be full”?
Playlist: Pentecost songs.