PENTECOST: THE HOLY SPIRIT'S BETHLEHEM
JESUS CHRIST established heaven's beachhead on the shores of time and space when He was born in Bethlehem. At His coming on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit secured that beachhead. After His resurrection Jesus went to Heaven. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came from heaven as Christ's vice regent.
PENTECOST = Greek, PENTE = 50 days, that is 50 days after Pentecost.
HOMOTHUADON = one accord.
Vs. 3 - CLOVEN TONGUES = parted asunder. There was one fire and
120 extensions. The one first let down individual extensions
above the head of each believer.
WIND (the audible evidence of the Spirit)
FIRE (the visual evidence)
FILLED WITH, third person plural, passive voice. Thus, it is
revealed "they", the 120, were being acted upon. A force from
outside themselves was invading.
HOLY SPIRIT, He is the Spirit of Christ (II Cor. 3:17). "The
Lord is the Spirit."
Jesus said He would send the comforter. He referred to Him as
"another", meaning One of the same kind.
BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES
"Other Tongues" = HETERAIS GLOSSAIS = dialects or languages
other than their own. Thus, these untortured and unsophisticated
Galileans miraculously spoke languages they had never studied.
There were 17 nationalities present. The Jewish community
scattered by Alexander the Great had returned to celebrate
Vs. 7b - "are not these that speak Galileans?" If we confuse the
issue by thinking the gift of speaking in unlearned languages
was the event of the day, we miss the meaning of all this. The
gift that made them charismatic was not tongues but the Spirit
UTTERANCE comes from a verb meaning to speak or proclaim. ...
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