Reading: Acts 2: 1-21
Verse Four: All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.
The believers were gathered together in one place. The city was full of Jews from all over, coming to celebrate Pentecost – the giving of the Law. When all was just right, God sent a mighty wind to unite these two disparate groups for one purpose: to grow the church. For each of the believers there is a physical sign of God’s presence: tongues of fire appear and come to rest on each of the believers. All are to be used in the building of the church. It is not just the job of the disciples. It is the commission of all believers to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Next, all of the believers experience a spiritual sign of God’s new presence in them. Through the power of the Holy Spirit that now dwells in each of them, they begin to “declare the wonders of God” in many different languages. Each speaks fluidly in a language they do not know. Talk about an affirmation that “all of them were filled with the Holy Spirit”. Between these two signs there is no doubt that they have been forever changed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. They each have new life through the Spirit.
The process of new life through the profession of Jesus as Lord continues to this day. Entering into a personal relationship with Jesus begins the process. It initiates the coming of the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and it creates in us a new person – born of the Spirit. We too feel a physical change accompanied by a spiritual change. We are transformed into a new creation. It is through this process that each follower of Jesus Christ is joined with the one body, the church universal. As this body we join together in the commission to share the good news of Jesus Christ to transform the world. Blessings today as we live out our faith.