A Day to Remember

     Today we celebrate the day of Pentecost, the 50th day after the Sabbath of the Passover week.  Pentecost was celebrated on the first day of the week and was one of the three great annual feasts of Israel, preceded by Passover and followed four months later by the Feast of Tabernacles. Pentecost is also called the Feast of Weeks because it was celebrated seven weeks after Passover.

     The power of God comes on this day and is witnessed by three signs:  the Wind, symbolic of the Holy Spirit's presence; the Fire, a symbol of His cleansing and judging power; and the Tongues, various languages spoken in all parts of the Eastern Mediterranean region from Rome to Persia. With 120 disciples gathered together, the Spirit of the Lord is poured out. The speaking of tongues in this fashion is typified by the Greek word glossolalia which means "speaking in other languages," most likely the native languages of those devout men from every nation under heaven. Peter begins his first sermon to make the proclamation for salvation through repentance, remission of sins, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The conclusion to this day is to understand true Christian discipleship, knowing and practicing the Apostles' doctrine, the fellowship of the Church, the breaking of bread, and prayer.

      Have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in your life either at salvation or some later time in your walk with the Lord? If not, then one must ask the question of true salvation and what characteristics are included in our salvation experience. Peter is clear that repentance, remission of sins, baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the gift of the Holy Spirit are the necessary elements for true salvation to be established in the life of the believer.