And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Acts 2:1 kjv)
Today is day 5 of our Feast of Pentecost miniseries for Deshen Daily! We know that the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in Acts 2 and they began speaking in tongues with signs and wonders following. However, dissecting this event shows us a clue to understanding the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
I have shared before that there are three distinct dimensions of what is called “filled with the Spirit” revealed in the book of Acts. The believer first receives the Holy Spirit at salvation. Then there is a distinct receiving of the Spirit which is characterized by power with the gifts of the Spirit. And then there is an ongoing continual receiving of the Spirit. The key to understanding the infilling of the Spirit is to know how to distinguish these different dimensions as you read the Scriptures.
What really happened on Pentecost? It is not apparent on the surface but the first event of Pentecost was the new birth of the disciples. The Church was born on Pentecost. In addition to this, there was the second dimension which was the most dramatic and noticeable: they received power with manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit.
It should be obvious to you that the events in Acts 2 are not what happens when someone merely receives Jesus as their Savior. Acts 2 is a record of two dimensions of being filled with the Spirit occurring at the same time. God repeated the same pattern for the gentile Church when Cornelius, his household and friends in Acts 10:44 were saved and filled with power at the same time! Later in Acts, we see these two dimensions occur separately as the Ephesians, for example, were saved and then later were filled with power when Paul laid hands on them (Acts 19:6).
Please reread the devotional above to fully grasp that truth.
APPLY THE WORD
If you understand the devotional, then the confusion, controversies and problems with the baptism or infilling of the Spirit will be resolved. God’s purpose is for you to be filled in all the dimensions. Be filled with the Spirit!
Thank the Father for the wonderful blessing of the Spirit.
The Feast of Pentecost: My advice to pentecostals and non-pentecostals
Deshen Live Bible Study this Thursday at 7pm Daylight Savings Time(DST) will be a summary of the one week miniseries on the feast of pentecost. Join me this evening live for an online experience of pentecost in the Word and Spirit! You can always watch the recording on Deshen.TV.