Grace Protestant Reformed Church

The Spirit of Christ Poured Out

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Date: AM
Text: Acts 2:1-4
Psalters: 255, 339, 391, 287
  1. A crowning event.
    1. Jesus followers were “with one accord in one place.”
      1. Likely that they were in a large “upper room” (Acts 1:13) - a room in the upper part of a house or building.
      2. They were “with one accord,” i.e., with one mind, with one passion waiting (now ten days) in Jerusalem.
    2. The promise of the exalted Savior was the sending of the Savior’s Spirit to the church of the Savior.
      1. Church of the Old Dispensation did not have the Spirit of Christ (John 7:39), only spiritual works which realized salvation.
      2. The exalted Savior used His Spirit to give the blessings of salvation, abiding “in you” “with you forever” (John 14:16-18).
    3. Thus, Pentecost is the crowning event in Jesus’s ministry.
  2. The exalted Savior sent His Spirit upon the church accompanied by important and significant signs.
    1. The signs were necessary to reveal an invisible reality.
    2. The “sound” from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind, which sound filled all the house (Acts 2:2).
    3. “Cloven tongues like as of fire” which “sat upon each of them” (3).
    4. And Jesus’s followers “began to speak with other tongues (Acts 2:4).
  3. The great significance of this event is that “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost” (4).
    1. “All” indicates the 120 (Acts 1:15), who represent the whole church of the New Dispensation – not just the apostles.
    2. The light which was dim in the Old Dispensation became much brighter light; shadows became reality.
      1. Now every believer is in the office of all-believer, not just a few, for all are prophets, priests, and kings (Rev. 1:6; 5:10).
      2. Now every believer can speak of “the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11).