- Also called the Feast of Weeks
- Celebrated 50 days after Passover
- A festival of thanksgiving for the harvested crops
- Some scholars believe the Feast of Pentecost was kept in remembrance of the giving of the Law upon Mt.Sinai (Exodus 19:1; Deuteronomy 16:12)
- The Feast of Pentecost was held on the first day of the week: Sunday
- It was celebrated as a Sabbath with
- Rest from ordinary labors
- Calling of a holy convocation
Acts 2:1-4 (NASB)
1 When 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.
Dear Heavenly Father, hear our prayer. As we study Your Word, please grant us discerment so that we may learn the conditions by which the gift of the Holy Spirit is given. Help us to prepare for and receive the Holy Spirit into our lives that we may begin walking in the truth of the Spirit. May all creation sing Your praises. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
What are the conditions surrounding receipt of the gift of the Holy Spirit?
The conditions surrounding receipt of the gift of the Holy Spirit are…
1. Expect the Lord
Acts 2:1 (NASB)
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
Man has always been instructed to wait upon the LORD.
Isaiah 64:4 (NASB)
4 For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, Nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
Psalm 25:5 (NASB)
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
Psalm 130:5-6 (NASB)
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
Before His ascension, Jesus had instructed His disciples to wait and pray.
Acts 1:4-5 (NASB)
4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
2. Recognize the Lord
Acts 2:2-3 (NASB)
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.
God’s presence on Mt.Sinai (direct access limited to Moses and priests only at that time)
Exodus 19:16-25 (NASB)
16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. 19 When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. 20 The LORD came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. 21 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down, warn the people, so that they do not break through to the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish. 22 “Also let the priests who come near to the LORD consecrate themselves, or else the LORD will break out against them.” 23 Moses said to the LORD, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You warned us, saying, ‘Set bounds about the mountain and consecrate it.’ ” 24 Then the LORD said to him, “Go down and come up again, you and Aaron with you; but do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the LORD, or He will break forth upon them.” 25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
Direct access to GOD is available to all of Jesus’ disciples now.
Mark 15:37-38 (NASB)
37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. 38 And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Hebrews 10:19-25 (NASB)
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
3. Submit to the Lord
Acts 2:4 (NASB)
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.
John 14:26 (NASB)
26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
Romans 8:5-9,14 (NASB)
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. … 14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Philippians 2:13 (NASB)
13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
The conditions surrounding receipt of the gift of the Holy Spirit are…
- Expect the Lord
- Recognize the Lord
- Submit to the Lord
- Holy Spirit visits you convicting you of your sin
- Cycle of expectation, recognition, and conviction; hopefully resulting in conversion
- Admit to God that you’re a sinner in need of salvation and repent
- Believe Jesus Christ is God’s Son and accept His gift of salvation
- Confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and submit to Him
- Permanent gift of the Holy Spirit sealing your gift of salvation from the LORD
- Permanent presence of Holy Spirit provides spiritual guidance/direction
- Cycle of expectation, recognition, and conviction; hopefully resulting in spiritual growth, witness, and service
- Holy Spirit empowers for witness and service
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit who convicts us of our need for You, seals us till the day of redemption, and leads, guides, and directs us; bringing us ever closer to You and Your righteousness. May we always be expecting You, always recognize You when You are present, and submit to Your will for our lives. We pray this in the holy name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:
James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.
John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19 "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
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Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
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James 5:16 (NASB)
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
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