5 things Pentecost means for you and me
By Kyle Patterson
As we celebrate Pentecost today, we remember how on this day, over 2,000 years ago, everything changed for the apostles. When the Holy Spirit was poured out, Christ became present with every disciple, everywhere for all time, by the power of his Spirit living in us. No longer was Jesus’ work on earth limited by the confines of a body of flesh and blood. He was now working in the heart and life of every believer. At Pentecost the dwelling place of God became the heart of every believer and together we become the temple of God on the earth. The disciples went from being timid followers of Jesus to bold proclaimers of the gospel, and leaders to the next generation of Christians. Today, if we embrace the power of what Pentecost represents for the church and every believer, it can once again change everything for us. The implications of what it means for the believer today are just as life altering today as it was for the original disciples. So here are five things Pentecost means for every believer.
Intimacy with God.
Pentecost means experiencing intimacy with God. God no longer lives in a temple made with human hands but in the heart of every believer (Acts 7:8). When Christ was crucified, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
The way has been opened for every believer to know God.(Hebrews 8:11)
When a group of believers receives the Holy Spirit, true community develops and the deepest bonds grow between them. Pentecost means a community of like-minded, gospel centered, mission focused disciple making disciples that engage their world for Christ. Acts 4:32 tells us shortly after Pentecost that a tight knit, one heart and mind community had developed in the church where all things were shared among the disciples.
"All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had."
Power to Witness.
When Pentecost arrived, the timid apostles became bold witnesses to the resurrection of Christ. Just weeks before they had denied even knowing Jesus, now they were ready and willing to give their lives for his cause. And they did. Acts 1:8 tells us that Jesus promised power for us to be his witnesses.
Likewise when we experience God, we naturally want to share with others the hope that we have. That's what it means to be a witness, share what you've seen and heard with those you meet.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
On the day of Pentecost the church multiplied and Scripture tells us 3,000 were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41. The explosive growth was followed by new disciples being added to the mix everyday according to Acts 2:47, "Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
Pentecost is all about mission. Only by the grace and power of God can we get the gospel to the nations. The power of the Spirit, at Pentecost and every time a believer gives themselves to the cause of Christ, empowers us to fulfill the mission of God to get the gospel to all nations.
I like what John Piper says, "Missions exists because worship doesn't." Isaiah prophesied that righteousness and praise will spring up before all nations. Pentecost for the believer is a reminder that God has given us power to fulfill his Great Commission.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
Today, what’s holding you back from all God is? Offer yourself fully to his purpose and let him use as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12)