Day 2

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

from the Acts of the Apostles reading plan


Acts 2:1-47, Joel 2:28-32, Psalm 16:8-11

BY Guest Writer

Text: Acts 2:1-47, Joel 2:28-32, Psalm 16:8-11

Big grew from small.

True to form, God chose a small house, in a small city, in a small country, to be fertile ground for a new gospel Kingdom—the one Jesus had been preaching about, training His disciples to understand, and preparing the Jews to anticipate.

On the day of Pentecost, the promised Holy Spirit burst forth into this Kingdom, rolling outward and across the city, the nation, and beyond. If the book of Acts is the birth story of the Church, then the coming of the Holy Spirit was the initiating event—the dramatic impetus powering every account we read about in the rest of the book.

So let’s take a closer look and mull this over a bit. Let’s take the time to appreciate the magnitude of what happened on that very first Pentecost.

He knew they were distraught, but Jesus assured His disciples that it was necessary for Him to leave the earth. It was for their benefit that He go so that Someone else—the Counselor and Advocate—could come “convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment” (John 16:5-8).

Jesus taught,
and the Holy Spirit would illuminate and convict.

Jesus held all knowledge,
and the Holy Spirit would come and declare those truths to the world. 

Jesus had authority over the future,
and the Spirit would “declare what is to come” (John 16:13).

The Counselor is not a consolation prize. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to the Church.

While Jesus’ coming was as quiet as a Holy Night, the Holy Spirit’s arrival was radical (Acts 2:2-4), and rightly so. It had to be. The impressive signs—the thunderous sound of wind, tongues of fire, and speaking in foreign languages—were intentionally bold, giving credence to the equally audacious claims the disciples were about to make. But their words would not be their own. When Jesus commissioned His uneducated, ragtag crew, He promised they would “be given what to say at that hour” (Matthew 10:19). The Spirit of God Himself would speak through them.

Peter’s first sermon showcased the power and authority of the Spirit (Acts 2:14-40). He delivered a rousing message, but not because of his religious pedigree or even his training under Jesus. Peter’s soul-splitting message was the Holy Spirit’s glory on display. Without such extravagant signs, the crowd most likely would have dismissed Peter’s outrageous claim that Jesus, the Messiah promised of old, was very much alive.

From that first sermon on, the Holy Spirit’s influence spread like holy concentric circles, empowering each new believer to live in a revolutionary way—selling personal possessions to meet the needs of others, sharing meals together, and living in harmony with other sinners (Acts 2:41-47). By the power of the Spirit, the early Church learned to do life together in gracious, generous, and intentional ways.

God’s new Kingdom was worthy of its epic announcement. As Jesus said new wine must be poured into new wineskins or both will be lost (Mark 2:22), this new Kingdom needed a new paradigm to be effective in spreading the gospel to the nations. God got their attention on that very first Pentecost. He allowed them to see the Holy Spirit on the move, rolling out like a wave across the city of Jerusalem and beyond, filling new believers with a power no one saw coming.

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Jessie Minassian is an author, blogger, and speaker, who prefers to be known for her ability to laugh at herself, a weird obsession with nature-ish stuff, and a penchant for making up words. Learn more about Jessie and her ministry at LifeLoveandGod.com.

 

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119 thoughts on "The Coming of the Holy Spirit"

  1. Heather Montz says:

    This is my first study with SRT. So far I’m really enjoying it. I’ve had a lot happen the past few years and have been out of sync with studying God’s word and picked this app after seeing it suggested in a blog post. I picked this study because we are about to start Acts in Sunday School. I’m really enjoying the format.

  2. Lydia says:

    Without question the Holy Spirit spoke through Peter. Wasn’t it amazing, as you read today’s scriptures, how peter spoke God’s word? We need to know Gods Word so that we can discern whether words and ideas coming at us are the Holy Spirit’s or the worlds. Also notice in this chapter that the work of the Holy Spirit results in the unity of the church. So we can know that any voices coming our way that are negative toward the body are not Gods Spirit.

  3. LesleySarita says:

    I love when the Lord so clearly speaks to me through His word!

  4. Katie says:

    Christ, not Chris. :). Haha

  5. Katie says:

    Aloha Anna… When I read your question I felt like I had struggled with that as well. But I realized that if we truly walk with Chris, maybe there isn’t a difference from what we say and what God says through us. Of course there will be times when our mouth is louder or more controlling than God’s, but there will be wonderful times when you say something and you have no idea where that came from ( possibly above). Good luck with your journey!

    1. Anna C says:

      That’s an awesome way to look at it! Thanks!

  6. Lindsay B. says:

    It’s important for us to of course be in a church and have a preacher. We need to hear the word. Faith comets by hearing and hearing the word of God, and how can we hear unless we have a preacher and we need a preacher who is sent from God.

  7. Anna C says:

    Question: so the Holy Spirit can come to us on earth and speak gods will and give us a purpose and advice for our life, right? So, as Christians, how do we differentiate the Holy Spirits words from the world’s words? How can we be sure what’s right? Does my question make sense?

    1. Lindsay B. says:

      Hi Anna c. To sort of answer your question or try to anyway here is what I say, according to what the bible says. We need the in filling of the Holy Ghost, yes they Holy Ghost comes down to us on earth. In Acts 2:38 it tells us how ear can receive this gift: repent, be baptized then receive it. When we receive this gift we shall speak in tongues as did the apostles…. This gift is also meant for us. As Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever( Heb. 13:8). John 3:3 states that who ever does not have the Holy Ghost (aka born again), they will not see the kingdom of God. So with that being said, this Holy Ghost is essential to our walk with God. Also since all scripture is given under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, this H.G will also be what helps us and teaches us how to differentiate between what God says and what the H.G. Says. (John 14:26 ) The H.G. Is what makes the difference.(Acts 1:8) Seek the Lord( Matthew 6:33) when we pray and read the word with the H.G. And also listen to preaching, we will learn what’s right, of course, according to the word. Anything we hear in the world we want to see if It lines up with the word of God. Matthew 7:7 Just ask God sincerely having a desire for all these things and He will answer. It is His will for you obtain this all. It is His will for you to have the H.G. And understanding. I hope that all makes sense to you Anna. The fear of the Lord is also the beginning of wisdom Prov. 9:10.

      1. Anna C says:

        Thank you! It’s always good to hear how other people cope with the same struggles.

    2. Lindsay B. says:

      I meant the Holy Ghost helps us differentiate between what the world says and what the Lord says.

    3. Nikravesous says:

      Hi Anna! That is a really great question and one that is a little difficult to answer. Throughout my walk with God, I have slowly learned to distinguish the promptings of the Spirit. It is often referred to as a “still small voice,” and I think that is accurate. Many times I will get the urge to do something out of the ordinary, like engage a stranger in conversation or bring up the Gospel in a potentially uncomfortable/hostel environment, and if I ignore it I often fret about it for days, wondering if I had missed a God appointment. When I do need the voice, God always opens doors to share His word and His love with others in ways that are definitely not of my doing. I hope that makes sense. So that is my experience. Biblically speaking, the Spirit only does the work of God and His works always will glorify Christ and promote the Gospel. So one way to differentiate the voice of the Spirit from that of the world is to ask yourself if what you are thinking promotes Jesus and the Gospel. If it does, then it is of the Spirit and if it doesn’t, it isn’t. It’s that easy. As believers, the longer we are in Christ, the more the Spirit will work in us to sanctify us and mold us into image-bearers of Christ. So hopefully over time your thoughts and the voice of the Spirit will coincide, as Katie says. But sometimes God likes to take you out of your comfort zone and you’ll know something is of the Spirit because it would not be your top choice of things to do! I hope this helps! Shalom!

    4. Roberta Lopez says:

      Why were they given the Spirit in the story we just read? They were given the Spirit so that Gods glory would be multiplied. They were given the Spirit so that the gospel would be shared. The Holy Spirit will never conflict with Gods word, because the Spirit is a part of God. The Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit are one. They will never conflict. We are given the Holy Spirit to help us understand the word of God, to be able to proclaim the gospel, and as a guide in our life. The Spirit tells us to go & tells us to share the good news, tells us to pray for people, those are all to multiply the glory of God. Anytime you are confused whether the Spirit is speaking, ask yourself, “would this advance the Kingdom of God? Will this bring God glory?” If the answer is no, it’s probably not from God. I hope this helps. Praying for you! Feel free to text me at 361-542-9906 I love helping ladies grow in their faith and understanding!

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