Pentecost Sunday HTML version
Passover lamb. He's risen from the dead. He's become the first fruits to the Lord. Now, 5 0 days later, they've been in
prayer, they've been in hungering, and it is the Feast of Pentecost. Everyone has gathered in the city. It's a day when
they're going to celebrate the feast, and they're going to make an offering to God. There'll be no work, a nd it's a time
of giving to the poor. Now notice what happens.
It says they were gathered - Verse 1 - when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in
one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven, like a rushing mighty wind - that word rushing is a roar, a mighty roar, like
the roar of a thunder. It says a mighty wind - that means it's forceful and powerful, and notice then it filled the whole
house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues, or flames like fire on them. They were filled with the
Holy Ghost, began to speak in other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance. Of course it was so noisy, 120
people filled with the Holy Ghost, the noise was so dramatic, everyone came to have a look at it. When they came to
have a look, they were amazed because of what they heard, and experienced. The power of God, the presence of
God had come upon a room. It was filled now, with the presence of God, and the people were speaking in tongues.
They were full of joy and laughter, and were carrying on like drunk people. That's why some mocked and said:
they've been drinking.
Now you would never say to a person: you've been drinking, unless you had evidence, or it looked like they were, so
if you said to someone: you've been drinking, it's because you've observed something about their behaviour that
indicates they've been drinking. In other words they're laughing a lot, they're staggering a lot, they're carrying on like
drunk people. They are absolutely immersed in the Holy Spirit - so that's got to be a good thing, for all those who love
to be in control. That's how God desires to do it. I didn't write that, He did. [Laughter] So I want to share with you
three things, primarily focus on three things. Number one, Pentecost is about a personal experience, of being filled
with the spirit of God. It's an engagement to Him, to enter intimacy, so you notice the first thing that happened is, they
got baptised in the spirit, began to speak in other tongues. Now essentially it means this. The baptism in the spirit is
an entrance into a new realm of relationship with God. It's the entrance into the supernatural. It's like a gateway
experience you walk through, but here's the thing.
The role of a gate is to provide a separation between one realm and a nother realm. If you're going to go through the
gate, the idea is you live in the realm beyond the gate, so the baptism of the spirit literally means to be immersed into
the realm of the spirit, or to be able to engage with God, in a level of intimacy and spirit connection you never had
before that experience. So the first one that comes is this dramatic manifestation of God, but it's just like it was, and
similar to the Old Testament. God is setting up, hey, this is my engagement to you. You are coming into intimacy, and
in order to be intimate, you need to talk, so a language is given, a language to be intimate with God. That's a great
thing isn't it aye? So God wants us to be filled with the spirit.
Now the idea is not just that one time alone you enter that gate and you get in; well that's it, I've done that. Been
there, done that, now what's next? You know, well there's a lot next, but it actually means learning how to live and
enjoy and experience that realm, so God wants us to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts, Chapter 4, they prayed, and
they were filled with the Holy Ghost. The Bible says: be filled with the Holy Ghost. God wants you to be constantly
filled with the Holy Ghost. If you're not filled with the Holy Ghost, you'll be filled with something else. It's really as
simple as that isn't it? So like for example in Ephesians 5:18 it says: don't be drunk with wine wherein is excess, but
be filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord; halleluiah, filled with the Holy Ghost.
Now let me just go into that verse just for a moment. Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess. What is it gets you
drunk? Is it trying, or is it the wine? Think about that. Do you have to try and make yourself drunk? You don't try to
make yourself drunk. Drunkenness, or the loss of balance, laughter, all that goes with that, is the consequence of
receiving something into yourself. In other words, there's no effort to get yourself d runk, you just drink, and you'll get
drunk, isn't that right? Have you noticed that Richard? [Laughter] I see you nodding. I never found it very difficult to
get drunk at all. I still wouldn't - just keep drinking, you get drunk. You just keep drinking, an d you get drunk. What do
you do when you're full of wine? You get drunk, and you get out of your mind, and you say things, and you babble, all
sorts of stuff - not good. Not good.
Now the Bible says: don't be drunk with wine. It says rather be filled with the spirit, so now a lot of people try to put on
the life of the spirit. Christianity is all a big trying hard. The Bible tells us, it's not about that at all, it's about being filled
with someone - filled with the Holy Spirit. If you are filled with the H oly Spirit, then the natural - there's certain things
are going to flow out of your life. You can't pin the oranges on a tree. You know, I couldn't go over the road to that oak
tree over there, and pin some oranges on it, and try and fool anyone that it was anything but an oak tree. [Laughter]
It's true isn't it? You cannot pin it on. You actually grow it. Joy is a fruit of someone expressing their life in you. Peace