When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”
Acts 2 is often looked at as the Holy Ghost coming, speaking in tongues scripture. Sometimes I wonder does anyone stop and think why the Holy Ghost had to come? Or, why did they speak in tongues? The Holy Ghost did not come to dwell with man just so we can speak in a language or trip out in church, that would seem strange to someone visiting us in our worshiping service. In fact, He brings clarity.
It is impossible to teach about the Holy Spirit without first referencing the book of John, because this is where Jesus first mentions him. For the sake of time I will just reference John 14:15 and 16:5 for you to read at your own leisure. Jesus again mentions the Holy Spirit to his disciples by telling them that they will ,“receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon them ” and “that they would be witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8) We see this manifested in Acts 2 which now brings me to my point.
One of the most important assignments given to the church is that we are to be witnesses of Jesus Christ to the rest of the world. I feel we are not effective at this because there three is a language barrier. In Acts 2 there were men from Mesopotamia, Pontus, Asia, etc. But when these men heard the disciples they heard them telling the mighty works of God (Acts 2:11) in a language that they understood. Now if your reading this and saying well “I don’t know anyone from Mesopotamia” or “ I’ve never been to Asia” so what does this have to do with me? Mesopotamia, Asia, and all the natives from their countries represent people you and I come in contact with everyday. These are our coworkers, or family members, the young people on the corners, the homeless, prisoners, the entire world who do not know Christ. We have to break the language barrier and this can only be done by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Together, let us build our trust in the Lord, get back to studying our bibles, and devoting ourselves to prayer. We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we may have the ability (power) to communicate with those who do not understand. Today, “let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone” (Col 4:6). Together, let us open our mouths and declare the wonderful works of God!