042: Happy Birthday to the Church!

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Today is the Day of Pentecost!

What does that mean? Today, is the day we recognize the founding of the Church of the Body of Christ. Approximately 2,015 years ago Jesus Christ died and the apostles waited for power from on high. It was fifty days after the Passover and the death of Jesus Christ.

In Luke 24:49 Jesus Christ instructed his apostles to wait.

“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

That power from on-high, was power from God.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1

The day of Pentecost was already a Holy Day.

It was celebrated like we celebrate and observe Easter. We go to service and pray. Well the apostles all went to church too, but back then they did this at the temple, which was also called the house of God. It was also where there were many, many other people. Everyone in town would have come to the temple. People from all over the world in fact. IF you think about this from God’s perspective, what’s a better way to have a large number of people learn about the gift of power from on-high He was about to give the world then at the temple? Ha! Of course that’s where the apostles were. Look what happened next.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

“Oikos,” is the Greek word for house, it literally means, building, dwelling and the house of God, or the tabernacle. It was the house of God and the hour of prayer had come.

“Heaven” is any space above the earth, and the words, “rushing mighty wind” literally mean “heavy breathing” or the “mighty breath of life”. God was putting a new creation into being inside those apostles. It was a phenomenal event. Each time a new believer is born – again it is an act of creation inside them. When Adam was given a soul, God breathed the breath of life into him. Here again, we have the breath of life being given. Isn’t this incredible?! They were now given incorruptible seed or DNA that stamped them forever as God’s children. His adopted children.

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23

What happened next?

“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” Acts 2:3

“Cloven” means split or divided. God wanted them to know that they had now received the power from on-high. It was a special sign just for them.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” vs. 4

This was also a sign, but it was not just for them but for the unbelievers, this also shows every believer from this day forward that they are born-again, just like the apostles were. It proves that we too have the gift of holy spirit that God poured out on every believer and would continue to give to any who believe Romans 10:9-10.

“Wherefore tongues are for a sign:..” 1 Corinthians 14:22a

Here’s what happened next.

” 5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. ” Acts 2:5-12

This was an incredible event!

Men and women from all over the place could hear them speak in their own language. Tongue is the old English term for language. Talk about exciting!

It was so exciting that look what happened next in verse 41!

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41

Three thousand people were born-again. Three thousand were now able to speak in tongues!

Speaking in tongues became a sign that someone had been born again. So if someone got born-again, but didn’t speak in tongues right away, there was a great concern among the apostles. They began referring to it as “receiving the Holy Ghost, (or Spirit)” because it always accompanied being born-again. Look at this record later in Acts.

“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might (also) receive the Holy Ghost:” (Or speak in tongues) Acts 8 14-15

Simon the sorcerer, in this case, had bewitched the people for so long that they heard the word of God and believed it but did not manifest speaking in tongues. This was so inappropriate and wrong that the apostles sent the two head Apostles down to see what the problem was and get them back on track. If those men could only see what happens today! Whole denominations rebuke this wonderful sign and manifestation! Is that what God would have wanted or does want for His children today? Not by all accounts here. We are supposed to be born again and then immediately manifest the power from on-high.

“Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1 Corinthians 14:39

How far off base have we allowed ourselves to live and be taught the accuracy of God’s Word?

My GoD! How much more in error could we be? IF you learned this from your church, pastor or fellow believer then now is your chance to change and manifest the wonderful gift inside you.

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

We all have the same measure. God handed it out in the same size scoop-fulls to everyone.

Today, on this Day of Pentecost, why don’t we do what the Apostles did. Why don’t we speak with tongues more today, than we ever have.

God bless you today!

P.S.

Want to learn how to manifest God’s power from on-high by speaking in tongues? Here is a simple handout that explains the whole process in simple easy steps. Today is your day to fuel the growth of your inner man and begin speaking in tongues!

Speaking in Tongues handout

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