Morning Devotion: Read Acts 2
Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Pentecost took place fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead, He is our firstfruits of the resurrection. We can be very thankful and encouraged in the fact that Jesus rose from the dead making it possible for us to rise at the last day or should the rapture take place.
-“… Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Cor. 15:23). Firstfruits speaks of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Passover speaks of the death of Jesus Christ, we learn from 1 Corinthians 5:7: “… For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.” Since the Passover has been fulfilled in the death of Christ, and the Feast of Firstfruits has been fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ, the Feast of Pentecost was the fulfillment of the empowerment and birth of the church.
Just before the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost there was only the concept of the church, Matthew 16:18. There was the instruction of the church in Matthew 18 and the purpose of the church was given with the great commission. When the Holy Spirit came and filled the disciples the church had the power, Acts 1:8.
All those in the upper room were empowered and filled with the Holy Spirit of God. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:13). That was the time when the believers were baptized into the body of Christ. Ever since the day of Pentecost believers have been baptized into the body of Christ upon salvation.
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
There is something about being obedient to the will of God that causes God to be a blessing. the doing of the will of God brings the blessing. Disobedience never brings blessings. These disciples were told to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father.
Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
They waited fifty days for God to fulfill His promise. Let me say this, God works on His own time schedule. I have found in my own Christian life that God sometimes waits until the eleventh hour and fifty nineth minute to act. The faith of the believer is tested at these times but, God always proves Himself faithful.
I am reminded of the time when we owed over $120,000.00 dollars on a hospital bill. The time came due to pay. When we went in to talk terms of payment, we were told, the bill had already been paid, anonymously. Praise God. He worked on His time and His way.
God gave His word that there would be power and indeed there was power given from on high. God will never, never, violate His word. He will always execute His word to the fullest.
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
God has made a multitude of promises to you, one is the promise of salvation.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Jesus said – John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
God fulfilled His promise to the disciples because they were obedient to His command to be in assembled in Jerusalem. Anyone who was not in Jerusalem and assembled together for the purpose of waiting for the power did not get the Holy Spirit.
There are many folks who want the promises of God in their life and have yet to receive the first promise, salvation. They have yet to be obedient to the call of salvation, yet they want God to bless them as He does true believers. They want the blessings without the relationship.
My friend, you must be saved before you can experience the full promises of God.
The choice is still yours,