THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

      Jesus has ascended to His Father, but the Comforter or Holy Spirit is to come and dwell in His people forever. The work of His office it three-fold. FIRST, with reference to His disciples at time of His ascension, He would bring to their remembrance all that Christ had told them. SECOND, He is the Convictor. He is to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment; as He convinces and convicts He is to renew and lead them to Jesus. On the first day of Pentecost after the ascension, the Holy Spirit demonstrated this divine power, when thousands were pricked in their hearts and turned to Jesus. THIRD, the Holy Spirit is a quickener, guide, and comforter. To the soul that is repentant and believing, this Holy Spirit comes and quickens it to see and feel the fullness and richness and power of the truth as it is in Jesus. The Holy Spirit stimulates the new Christian to sacrifice and labor, excites to prayer, strengthens against temptation, supports and comforts amid trial, sorrow and death. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to work in His church and through its members. This is Jesus’ great promise and completes the cycle of redemption; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each in their office ministering life and salvation to the world.

      Pentecost is a Greek, New Testament term, meaning fiftieth, indicating the celebration of this feast on the fiftieth day from that of the Passover. In the Old Testament this feast is called the Feast of Harvest, also the Feast of Weeks. The reason being it was seven weeks, or a “week of weeks” from the Passover feast. By Jewish tradition the feast was celebrated on the very day the Law was given from Mount Sinai. Therefore the Jews also called it “The Feast of the joy of the Law.” So this Feast of Pentecost associates the old covenant of the Law with the new covenant of the Gospel.

      At the Feast of  Passover the lamb was slain. At the Feast of Pentecost the Law was given. Coincident with the slaying of the Passover Lamb was the crucifixion of Christ. Coincident with the giving of the Law was the descent of the Spirit. On the first Pentecost the Law was written on tables of stone; on the last Pentecost came the Holy Spirit to write the New Covenant on the living tables of the heart.

      The sons of Abraham went up to Jerusalem three times a year to celebrate three great feasts: Feast of Passover, Feast of Tabernacles and Feast of Pentecost. That which was temporary and occasional before the cross has given way to that which is permanent under the Gospel. The temporary gladness of those three festivals is united in the Christian life.

                

       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 

 

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