He Did it Again!
Acts 10:27 – 48
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Luke 4:18-19
You and I cannot live for God without the power of the Spirit living in us
You and I cannot do the work of God without the power of the Spirit living in us
"This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6
Pentecost is not a one-time event
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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39
God’s first and foremost priority is our salvation.
God desires that all come to the knowledge of salvation.
God wants all to be saved, that none be lost.
God also promises the availability of the promise of the Holy Spirit to all who call upon the name of the Lord.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. You and your household. Acts 16:31
Acts 10:27 – 47
Can anyone keep these people from being baptized in water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Acts 10:44-46
These have received the gift of the Holy Spirit JUST AS WE HAVE.
The Holy Spirit and believers
Those who were in the upper room were already believers and followers of Christ.
They however hadn’t received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
That was what they were waiting for in the upper room.
19:1 While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"
They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." 3 So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied.
4 Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." 5 On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
These men were already believers.
They hadn’t received the gift of the Holy Spirit when they believed.
The Holy Spirit is a promise that God made to the early church
The Holy Spirit is also for as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Peter and those with him were astonished that the GENTILES had received the gift of the Holy Spirit.
God was showing to Peter and the other Jewish believers that both SALVATION and THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT was available for all – EVEN GENTILES.
GOD DID IT AGAIN!
There was a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit just like the day of Pentecost.
God gave to the Gentile believers their Pentecost.
God never changes.
He is still drawing sinners to salvation.
He is still calling the wayward child to come home.
He is still pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh. .
Cornelius had a heart to receive.
“Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
The 12 Ephesian believers desired everything that God has for them
I don’t believe Pentecost was a one-time event.
I believe God desires for you to have your own Pentecost.
The question is, do we want it or believe we need it?