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4) The Holy Spirit makes all ages from youth to old age important… The “youth” speaks of strength, zeal, and radicalism. The “old age” speaks of maturity and conservatism. Peter, in explaining the coming of the Holy Spirit, referred to the prophet Joel. “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, that I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit” (Acts 2:17-18, KJV). The Christian faith and the gospel of salvation are so dynamic that they can’t be expressed by one age group only. The Holy Spirit anoints the strength and the zeal and the radicalism of youth, and also the conservatism of the old. Both are necessary working forces in the Kingdom of God. Both groups are matured and empowered by the Spirit. In the Old Testament, men could not start in the priesthood ministry until they were thirty years old. In the New Testament, that barrier was broken and all age groups can now function under the anointing of the Spirit. Today, sad to say, the elderly are hardly ever considered. They are set aside when it comes to ministry. Many older ministers do not fit anymore, so it seems, and if they have reached retirement age it’s “out of sight out of mind.” Be careful there… Many have the Spirit of Elisha–even after death he was able to liven up the life of some corpses. The Holy Spirit anoints the seniors too. Believe it.
5) The Holy Spirit made all classes of people equal… Note the words “servants and handmaidens.” Servants were considered as belonging to the lower classes of society. With the coming of the Spirit these working-class folk became prophetic, creative, soul-winners, and missionaries. The class barriers came down with the coming of the Spirit. Paul teaches that every Christian is given grace, i.e., operational power (referring to the Spirit’s gifts; see Ephesians 4:7). Paul also teaches the Corinthians that God chose the weak and the foolish, the nobodies, and developed them into powerful ministries. Paul speaks in Galatians 2:6 of some “who seemed to be somewhat.” We have them today, those who build up that which the Spirit tore down at Pentecost.
6) The Holy Spirit cancelled all distinctions based on blood… Acts 1:14 says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (KJV). It would have been easy to build up a special, privileged, and authoritative royalty based on human bloodlines. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, Mary and Jesus’ brothers were not set aside as “special folk” in the upper room. They waited for the promised Holy Spirit with the rest of them. There was no plaque on the wall that said, “Mary the mother of Jesus sat here.” There were no favorites, no exceptions, no privileges based on blood, no one was selected to be the “big name.” Not one of the 120 claimed, “I’m a blood relation to Jesus; therefore I am superior.” In the Old Testament, the house of Abraham, Moses, or David could perhaps make this claim, but in the New Testament the blood of Jesus that He shed on the cross for our sins made us all a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation to show forth the praises of Jesus (1 Peter 2:9). Human blood is irrelevant.
7) The Holy Spirit broke down the barriers between flesh and spirit… Acts 2:17… “I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (KJV). In the Bible, the word “flesh” is often used as referring to “people.” Here the Spirit used the word “flesh,” not “people.” Why? Because it fits in with the plan of God as seen in the gospel. The gospel is founded on “The Word was made flesh” (John 1:14). It is through flesh that Jesus is revealed. The Spirit came upon flesh… David said, “My flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory” (Psalm 63:1-2). David foresaw the coming of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh and he wanted a foretaste of that glory. With the coming of the Spirit upon us, our spirit, soul, and body were unified. The flesh no longer was left out. The Holy Spirit quickened our mortal bodies (Romans 8:11). The physical body should no longer be controlled by fear, worry, resentments, depression, guilt, burdens, and disease. The coming of the Spirit brought new life to our flesh and we function with eternal life in our bodies–God’s kind of life–“life” that existed from the beginning.
8) The Holy Spirit brought harmony to two worlds, the physical world and the spiritual world… The coming of the Spirit in Acts 2:1-4 caused the physical world to react to that coming. In other words, the physical body cooperated when the Holy Spirit touched the spirit of the 120 in the upper room. There was a mighty rushing wind, tongues of fire, new languages, the people appeared drunk, their minds were made alive to answer questions and much more. There was harmony between the spirit and the body. In Christ, these two worlds became one. Divine nature and human nature came into unity. Days later, the material world was added to this harmony (Acts 4:34-37).
Conclusion… No matter how we preachers may try, we cannot repeat the day of Pentecost. That day came in Acts 2:1-4. But we can pray and give ourselves fully to God and the same Holy Spirit can renew and refresh every believer. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” (1 Corinthians 12:7, KJV). The pattern that produced the coming of the Spirit in Acts 2:1-4 has never changed. That pattern is prayer, intercession, supplication, repentance, and humility. Psalm 92:10 says, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
“The Holy Ghost will set your feet a-dancing/The Holy Spirit will fill you through and through/The Holy Spirit will set your feet a-dancing” (“Dancing Heart” by Roy Turner)… The Holy Spirit will bring you victory.
Pastor George Belobaba
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