OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT
the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And
suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and
it filled the whole house where they were sitting 3 And there appeared to
them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each
one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. 5 Now
there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under
heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were
bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak in his own
language. 7 They were amazed and astonished, saying, "Why, are not
all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 "And how is it that we each hear
them in our own language to which we were born? 9 "Parthians and Medes and
Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and
Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya around
Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11
Cretans and Arabs--we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty
deeds of God."
Before I even say anything about this
passage, I just
want to make you aware of the fact that I am not without experience,
concerning the gift of the Holy Ghost we are speaking about here. I only
mention this so that nobody will think that I stand here as a “dry”
Lutheran, without experience, one who only has half of the Gospel, who
some people say about us.
There are enough of them - and today more than ever - who claims to
have the Spirit more than others. It is pure pride that is showing, and we
should not put up with that, but thank God for what His Word teaches us,
exactly that whoever has Jesus, has everything. Everything that he “needs
for heaven and earth.” The Father gave you everything when He gave you
Jesus! – Do not let anybody limit this gift for you, so that you think you
must have something else or more. Just be open for the gifts of the Spirit
He will equip you with. And do not be like those who say: No, I cannot do
that or that. No, there is no one of us who can do anything, when it comes
to the Kingdom of God, but He can! As we read earlier: “And they were all
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other
as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” (v.4).
Yes, as the Spirit was giving them utterance!
We also read this in a testimony about the gifts of the Spirit from Paul -
he has mentioned certain gifts of the Spirit and then he writes further:
“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each
one individually just as He wills. For even as the body is one and yet has
many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are
one body, so also is Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:11-12).
Yes the body is a good picture for that, one limb
cannot usually do another limbs work! We do not need to go into detail with this
I should think, it is pretty obvious. Even as obvious concerning the gifts
of the Spirit, but we mess it up, by our flesh. We would rather have
something extraordinary for ourselves to be seen. Jesus speaks about the
greatest in His kingdom, which is the least! – If you really are going to
make a “career” in the kingdom of God, you have to become one of the
least. Would you like that? Would you like to be one of those who are not
visible at all? You probably feel that it is shrinking up inside just by
thinking about it! But you and I are not capable to carry any gift of the
Spirit the right way, if we are not of the right mind; that is the case.
The gift of the Spirit that is especially mentioned here is not meant
to be shown on stage with shouting, so that everybody can see how
spiritual you have become. It has a totally different purpose, which all
of the other gifts has, exactly to build God’s kingdom; - something you
and I are not able to do with anything in ourselves. It is something God
alone can do, and He uses people in His favor. - But then again, we are
not able to do anything in ourselves. That is why He has given us His
Spirit, to keep and edify us as believers, and to serve each other, and
to spread the Kingdom of God. It is in this context you have to see this
gift of the Spirit, which is shown so clearly in this passage.
“And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were
bewildered because each one of them was hearing them speak
in his own
And how is it that we each hear them
in our own
This was the purpose - that they should hear about God’s great wonder in
their own language. And the wonder for them consisted of the fact that
there were Galilean men who spoke it; - it had to be a gift of the Spirit!
– There and then.
We must not be strangers to the fact, that God is the God of wonders. Maybe we to
often start off with our own assumptions, because we - as the disciples had
have so little faith!
Jesus also gives us a great comfort in this, that we see that He helps
them, despite that He complains their lack of faith. But we should notice
over lack of
faith. It is not a goal for us - walking around lacking faith.
So what shall we do about that then, someone might ask? – Shall we, as
we see many examples on today, try to blow up our own faith, so that God
can be satisfied with
– No, we shall come to Jesus with our little faith, because it is Him and
not our faith God has before His eyes! The blessings are in Him,
completely! The faith is just like everything else in the kingdom of God,
something I get “merely by grace!”
It is such a blessing with this kingdom, where you get everything
merely by grace! Have your eyes been opened to this? No, maybe you are too busy
looking at yourself, your abilities and possibilities! But that is not why
the Spirit was outpoured on Pentecost, so that you could bet on your own
abilities and possibilities! How far can you go there? No, the Spirit was
outpoured, exactly so that we could look away from our own, and count on
Him. We are not exactly good at that, are we?
Therefore we have to thank
even more that we can find ourselves in the grace, and not the kingdom of
laws. The Father is satisfied with Jesus, it is what the Spirit has come
to teach, everyone in his own or her own language.
A short speech
of Peter on the Day of Pentecost:
may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both
died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. "And so,
because he was a prophet and knew that GOD HAD SWORN TO HIM WITH AN OATH
TO SEAT one OF HIS DESCENDANTS ON HIS THRONE, he looked ahead and spoke
of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO
HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY. "This Jesus God raised up again,
to which we are all witnesses. "Therefore having been exalted to the
right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of
the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and
hear. "For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself
says: 'THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD,"SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR
ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET." 'Therefore let all the house of
Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this
Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts 2.29-36).
Do you see that it is Jesus who gives The Holy
Spirit, His Spirit, to whom He wants; - you shall not seek the Spirit in
a certain way, but you shall seek
where He is revealed, in the
then you shall receive the Spirit, and everything else that you need.
But listen, - not to become anything special in your own eyes or anybody
else’s eyes, but to be preserved by Him, and capable to serve others.
We have this sad tendency to seek the extraordinary; it gives us a
buss, the mystical and odd. Like an old bible teacher expresses: Only a
strange animal pulls people to the market place, - but how many are
interested to hear about sin and grace? – About God’s salvation? – About
Jesus Christ’ sacrifice and love?
When we are on
the subject about his certain gift of the Spirit, we shall also mention
first and foremost function, exactly to edify the one who already has
it. A pretty introspective gift you could say, but it is pretty useful
like that, because we cannot go into this fight without getting guided
and strengthened from above, so please ask God for this gift; - but as
Paul says: “For one who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to
God; for no one understands, but in his spirit he speaks mysteries. But
one who prophesies speaks to men for edification and exhortation and
consolation. One who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but one who
prophesies edifies the church. Now I wish that you all spoke in tongues,
but even more that you would prophesy; and greater is one who prophesies
than one who speaks in tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church
may receive edifying.”
Paul was busy as you can see, by what which really profited the
kingdom of God, God’s case, and not what was evidently extraordinary, -
on account of that he puts speaking in tongues way down, and not out
there visible, as we so often see examples on. I want to recommend you
to grab a bible word book and look up the word: tongues.
But Paul says about it: “I thank God, I speak in tongues more than you
all; however, in the church I desire to speak five words with my mind so
that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a
Even though he do not put this as the first and foremost gift of them
all, as many of us do, he does not put aside, which some of us do, but
he is rather thanking God for speaking more in tongues than any of them!
Everything I have quoted now you can read about in 1 Cor. 14.
wonder on the Day of Pentecost has to point out for us, is that we have
a Father in heaven, who has not spared anything, so that exactly
should hear the Gospel being preached! – So that
would hear about your savior in
own language! It is the Spirit’s first and foremost deed, - to preach
and glorify Jesus, so that you can start believing and get saved! That
has happened has it not? You could say: “Praise God, He is mine!” Or
else you got to draw near unto Him, in this moment of time. He who did
not spare anything, not even His own life, to bring you salvation, he
would like to hear you, when you call! – Yes, He hears
you call! It is also Him who works the call, by His Spirit and by His
thank the outpouring of the Spirit; - Because He has come to testify of
Jesus for us, so that we can take part in Him. It is not possible by
pure knowledge; the testimony of the Spirit has to come.
Let us pray that
it must happen to all of us, and all of our closest, and all who God
calls, exactly on this day, when we hear this mighty testimony about
what God has done; - He has sent us His Spirit! – His hand is not too
short to save us! (Is. 50:2; 59:1).
Holy Bible New American
Translator: Benedicte Holtan Smart