The second chapter of the Book of Acts recounts what happened when the apostles were dramatically filled with the Holy Spirit in a display of fire and with the sound of a violent wind. As a result, the apostles were suddenly able to speak in many different languages and able to share the gospel with anyone, no matter what language they spoke.
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:4 (NIV)
Those people watching the apostles speak in various languages thought they had gone crazy. They had to be reminded of the extraordinary miracle that many had recently witnessed – that is the death and resurrection of Jesus.
“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.” Acts 2:24 (NIV)
If God can raise Jesus from the dead, he can certainly provide the apostles with the ability to speak in foreign languages. Once you are connected to God through the gift of the Holy Spirit, you are in a position to be used by God in a miraculous way as well.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 (NIV)
Witnessing miracles was a large component to the growth of the early Christian church. Another important element to their growth was their devotion to each other. Not only did they worship together and have meals together, they also actively took part in supporting one another.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.” Acts 2:44-45 (NIV)
Jesus’ death on the cross as payment for our sins is the greatest gift of love ever given. His resurrection demonstrated His power as the Son of God and His ability to deliver on his promise to supply us with the Holy Spirit. That awesome miracle is made real to unbelievers when they see Christians willing to offer support in the same way as the early church. Jesus Christ has done his part to build the church and now it is up to believers to demonstrate the value of the Holy Spirit by serving others with the love God has provided.
“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47 (NIV)
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