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Baptism in the Holy Spirit Series-From the Age of the Law to the Age of Grace

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Baptism in the Holy Spirit Series

The Lord has dealt with me for about a week now to get back to why the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is so important.  Many have expressed an interest in this, and this is one of the most important gifts a believer can and should receive.  Grab your coffee or tea and delve into this wonderful and enlightening subject with me!! 

I have heard it taught erroneously that the baptism in the Holy Spirit  and messages in tongues would only take place in church IF there was someone there that knew the language.  They would then be the one to interpret.  There is one place in the Bible this did happen and I will go into further detail of that in a moment. 

A message in tongues can be in a foreign language that is known to us on the earth, or it can be a heavenly language that is unknown to ANYONE on the earth.  It is by the Holy Spirit the message is given through someone who has been baptized in the Holy Spirit and the interpretation is given by someone the Holy Spirit chooses to use.  My church has tongues and interpretations in almost every service, yet it is not a language any of us are native to or have learned!

I was amazed tonight when my pastor handed these facts out as notes for us.  It went hand in hand with what God had spoken to me before I got to church as to what He would have me to write about through the coming days!  These notes are taken directly from my pastor’s message!

On the day of Pentecost, as is mentioned in Acts 2:1-11 The outward physical signs reminding the people of the date of the Giving of the Law a showing a change in God’s dealing with His people is shown by the baptism with cloven tongues of fire.  This day is symbolic because they were gathered in Jerusalem for the Jews to celebrate the giving of the Torah.  This day was a contrast to the Feast of the Uninformed-we find in Deuteronomy 16:16.  During this time all Jewish men made pilgrimages to Jerusalem on the feast of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. 

As we see in historical review the Feasts for the Uninformed-the feast of weeks became a time of recommitment to all that is Jewish.  Fifty days after Passover, God visited the people…thus this feast is a time of reflection and rededication to the Torah (Ten Commandments).  The book of Ruth is read in the synagogue.  This is considered to be a story about the voluntary embrace of the Torah and what it means to be Jewish.

At Sinai- Exodus 20:1-20- ”When the Holy One presented the Torah at Sinai, not a bird chirped, not a fowl flew, not an ox lowed, not an angel ascended, not a seraph proclaimed Holy.  The sea did not roll and no creature made a sound.  All the vast universe was silent and mute.  It was then  that the Voice went forth and proclaimed, ‘I am Hashem, your God.’  When God revealed Himself to Israel, the world fell silent…(Chemosh Shemos…Exodus 20, I, Stone)  Verse 18…Note that it does not say “the thunder”, but “the thunderings”.  God’s voice, as it was uttered, split up into seventy voices, in seventy languages, so all the known nations should understand.

2.  Exodus 19:16-19 “In the occasion of the (giving of the Torah) the children of Israel not only heard Hashem’s Voice but actually saw the sound waves as they emerged from Hashem’s (God’s) mouth.  They saw them as a fiery substance.  Each commandment that left Hashem’s mouth travelled around the entire camp and then to each Jew individually, asking them, “Do you accept upon yourself this commandment with all the Jewish Law pertaining to it?”  Every Jew answered, “Yes” after each commandment.  Finally, they saw the fiery substance which was engraved itself on the tablets.  Does this sound a bit familiar?  How did the Holy Spirit come in the upper room?  As cloven tongues of fire and sat upon the head of each one!  Remember the Old Testament is ALWAYS a type and shadow of things to come in the New Testament!

3.  Pentecost, to the Jew, celebrates the revelation of God at Mount Sinai.  Shavuot (Pentecost) is called the season of the “Giving of the Torah” in Hebrew because this is the literal day that God revealed Himself to the people of Israel as they stood at the base of Mount Sinai (Seven Festivals of the Messiah).

4.  Exodus 32:27-28 Those who involved themselves with the worshiping of the golden calf were slain while Moses was on the mountain top receiving the Ten Commandments from God.  There were 3,000 in all.

On the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-11, the outward physical signs reminding people of the date of the Giving of the Law and showing a change in God’s dealings with His people took place.  In Acts 2:41, 3,000 were saved vs. in Exodus 3,000 were slain.  It was no longer by the letter, which brings death, but by the Spirit (the Holy Spirit came and filled the upper room and the spoke in tongues) which gives LIFE!

2 Corinthians 3:6-9 in The Message Bible states:

4-6 We couldn’t be more sure of ourselves in this—that you, written by Christ himself for God, are our letter of recommendation. We wouldn’t think of writing this kind of letter about ourselves. Only God can write such a letter. His letter authorizes us to help carry out this new plan of action. The plan wasn’t written out with ink on paper, with pages and pages of legal footnotes, killing your spirit. It’s written with Spirit on spirit, his life on our lives!

In Acts 2:10 The Jews were celebrating the giving of the Torah and realized the change of the dispensation of the law to the dispensation of grace!  According to 2 Corinthians 3:6 not the letter of the law which brings death, but by the Spirit, which gives life just as we read in the Message Bible. 

This is why, in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came upon them, they heard their own language, EVERYONE!  It was a symbolism of a passing from one dispensation to another!  (These are my notes from my pastor according to what he preached last night).

Now we see that when a message in tongues is given, someone of that tongue does not have to be present for the people to be ministered to, although they CAN be!  The interpretation is ALWAYS given by the power of the Holy Spirit, NOT someone’s knowledge of that language!! 

This is a little background for you, precious reader on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  I hope this clears up any confusion you may have had about some things on the day of Pentecost.  Come back tomorrow for even more on this vital subject and how it is important and vital to a powerful prayer life!!

Remember, I write Christian devotions daily!  I pray you are blessed by them!!  Blessings in abundance to you, precious reader!!   Juliana


Acts 20…Paul in Macedonia

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Acts 20

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Paul in Macedonia

20 After the uproar was over, Paul sent for the disciples, encouraged them, and after saying good-bye, departed to go to Macedonia.2 And when he had passed through those areas and exhorted them at length, he came to Greece 3 and stayed three months. When he was about to set sail for Syria, a plot was devised against him by the Jews, so a decision was made to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied[a] by Sopater son of Pyrrhus[b] from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us in Troas, 6 but we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread. In five days we reached them at Troas, where we spent seven days.

Eutychus Revived at Troas

7 On the first day of the week, we[c] assembled to break bread. Paul spoke to them, and since he was about to depart the next day, he extended his message until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were assembled, 9 and a young man named Eutychus was sitting on a window sill and sank into a deep sleep as Paul kept on speaking. When he was overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, fell on him, embraced him, and said, “Don’t be alarmed, for his life is in him!” 11 After going upstairs, breaking the bread, and eating, Paul conversed a considerable time until dawn. Then he left. 12 They brought the boy home alive and were greatly comforted.

From Troas to Miletus

13 Then we went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, intending to take Paul on board there. For these were his instructions, since he himself was going by land. 14 When he met us at Assos, we took him on board and came to Mitylene. 15 Sailing from there, the next day we arrived off Chios. The following day we crossed over to Samos, and[d] the day after, we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so he would not have to spend time in Asia, because he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible, for the day of Pentecost.

Farewell Address to the Ephesian Elders

17 Now from Miletus, he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 18 And when they came to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day I set foot in Asia, how I was with you the whole time— 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews— 20 and that I did not shrink back from proclaiming to you anything that was profitable or from teaching it to you in public and from house to house. 21 I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.

22 “And now I am on my way to Jerusalem, bound in my spirit,[e] not knowing what I will encounter there, 23 except that in town after town the Holy Spirit testifies to me that chains and afflictions are waiting for me. 24 But I count my life of no value to myself, so that I may finish my course[f] and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.

25 “And now I know that none of you will ever see my face again—everyone I went about preaching the kingdom to. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent[g] of everyone’s blood, 27 for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God. 28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock that the Holy Spirit has appointed you to as overseers, to shepherd the church of God,[h] which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 And men will rise up from your own number with deviant doctrines to lure the disciples into following them. 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.

32 “And now[i] I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs and for those who were with me. 35 In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

36 After he said this, he knelt down and prayed with all of them. 37 There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. They embraced Paul and kissed him, 38 grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.


Acts 2…Pentecost

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Acts 2

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Pentecost

2 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. 3 And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.

5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they were astounded and amazed, saying,[a] “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 How is it that each of us can hear in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking the magnificent acts of God in our own languages.” 12 They were all astounded and perplexed, saying to one another, “What could this be?” 13 But some sneered and said, “They’re full of new wine!”

Peter’s Sermon

14 But Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them: “Men of Judah and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this[b] to you and pay attention to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning.[c] 16 On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

17 And it will be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. 18 I will even pour out My Spirit on My male and female slaves in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will display wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below: blood and fire and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and remarkable Day of the Lord comes. 21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.[d]

22 Men of Israel, listen to these words: This Jesus the Nazarene was a man pointed out to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through Him, just as you yourselves know. 23 Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used[e] lawless people[f] to nail Him to a cross and kill Him. 24 God raised Him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it. 25 For David says of Him:

I saw the Lord ever before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced. Moreover, my flesh will rest in hope, 27 because You will not leave me in Hades or allow Your Holy One to see decay. 28 You have revealed the paths of life to me; You will fill me with gladness in Your presence.[g]

29 “Brothers, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: He is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants[h][i] on his throne. 31 Seeing this in advance, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah:

He[j] was not left in Hades, and His flesh did not experience decay.[k]

32 “God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this. 33 Therefore, since He has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, He has poured out what you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says:

The Lord declared to my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand 35 until I make Your enemies Your footstool.’[l]

36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah!”

Forgiveness through the Messiah

37 When they heard this, they came under deep conviction[m] and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what must we do?”

38 “Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children, and for all who are far off,[n] as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 And with many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, “Be saved from this corrupt[o] generation!”

A Generous and Growing Church

41 So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about 3,000 people were added to them. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to the prayers.

43 Then fear came over everyone, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as anyone had a need.[p] 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple complex, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to them[q] those who were being saved.


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