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Pentecost

Pentecost is the crowning day of the Church of Jesus Christ. Without it, Christmas and Easter would seem but hollow victories for the Church. I say this not to minimize their value, for undoubt­edly they are indispensable to our salvation, yet without Pentecost they are meaningless to the Church. They are as the flower that never blooms.

Unlike Christmas and Easter, Pente­cost is all but a forgotten day. Weeks before, one can detect a fervent activity building up to our celebration of Christ­mas and Easter, but Pentecost seems of no account. What a shame that we in the Church sometimes treat this most impor­tant day with such an indifference. It is like a farmer planting the grain but not harvesting it.

The importance of Pentecost lies in the fact that on Pentecost every saint received the fruits of Christ’s labors, the blessings of His death and resurrection. On Christmas our mighty King entered the field of battle, a battle He waged throughout His life until he conquered death itself on Easter. With His ascen­sion, we see Him as the exalted Lord of heaven and earth. On Pentecost, we became partakers of His blessed victory.

Historically Pentecost was a feast that was celebrated fifty days after the Passover or Feast of Unleavened Bread. It was the day of the “feast of harvest” when the firstfruits of that which was sown in the field was presented before the Lord signifying that it belonged to Him (Exodus 23:15-16). It was the Lord who gave the increase of the seed that was sown earlier. In its celebration Israel confessed that it was Jehovah who cared for His people. It was God alone to whom they owed their life.

The Feast of Pentecost as a type pointed to the reality of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon every believer whereby we, as members of Christ’s body, are partakers of the firstfruits of His death and resurrection. The Spirit of Christ gives to each one of us the gracious benefits that Christ has merited for us. The resurrected Christ comes in us freely giving to us eternal life. No longer is the believer an orphan with the promise of a good home as Israel of old had the promise, but on Pentecost the Father brings us into His blessed fellowship. The Prince of Peace actually brings peace to the heart of the believer through the indwelling of His Spirit.

For even as the old Pentecostal Feast was the sign of God’s blessing over His people in that He had prepared all that was necessary for life, so God in Christ Jesus prepared the whole of redemption for His own. As the first kernel was sown in His death, so the harvest is reaped in the outpouring of His Spirit. Christ became the firstfruits of them that slept. Salvation was an accomplished fact for the Church and each believer on Pentecost.

This priceless treasure of the Spirit becomes evident when one considers what the Scriptures have to say with respect to the fruits of the Spirit. In John 14:16 Christ calls the Spirit the Comforter who shall abide with us forever. In the Sermon on the Mount Christ said, “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.” On Pentecost He sends to us that Comforter. The Apostle Paul in Romans 8:14-16 tells us that the Spirit testifies within us that we are no more servants, but sons. The Spirit gives to us the ability to shout “Abba Father” as adopted sons. Finally, the Spirit of Christ testifies to us that we are partakers of His resurrection. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” Romans 8:11. One can only marvel at the blessings we receive through the Spirit.

Young people, you are sons and daughters of God through the Spirit of His Son. What a blessed truth. What a comfort. God our Father lives in our hearts through the outpouring of the Spirit. Thus, the day of Pentecost is the crowning day, is our day of victory in Christ. It is the day we celebrate the loosening from the curse of Babel’s confusion and join the saints of all ages in one glad Hallelujah to our heavenly Father for the adoption He gave. He will never leave nor forsake us. Our salvation is complete. Thank Him from Whom all blessings flow.