Volume 7 No 3
We have just celebrated Pentecost, the day on which the original disciples received the Holy Spirit, a day considered by many to be the birthday of the Christian Church. You can read the account in the second chapter of the book of Acts.
As the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples, manifested as tongues of flame, He allowed them to speak in tongues. This wasn’t just unintelligible babbling, but a miracle which allowed all present (representatives from at least 16 different nationalities) to hear what Peter and the others were saying, in their very own languages.
The crowds are truly amazed, but notice what Peter does. Immediately he turns the focus off himself and takes the opportunity to preach Christ and His redeeming work of Salvation. His proclamation was so powerful, that about 3000 people were baptised that very day, placing their trust and salvation in Christ.
It got me thinking about us, as Christians. Christ gave us a commission, a labour of love to perform. After His crucifixion he got his disciples together and told them what was now expected of them:
Mat 28:18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (msg)
There are two important aspects that we should take from these scriptures. We should be ready to respond to the Holy Spirit as He works in us, and others should see His power flowing through us as we live changed lives. Also, there is more to being a Christian than accepting Christ and allowing Him to live in and through us. We should be as excited as the disciples were and joyously share the Gospel with others, as the Holy Spirit empowers us.
My prayer is that this issue of Face to Face Magazine will help ignite that excitement within you and move you to share the really Good news of God’s love, that His fervent desire is to have a personal relationship with every one of us.
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