When Jesus ascended, He promised to send His Spirit to comfort, guide and lead the Apostles and disciples as they built the movement of Christianity. It was a promise that Jesus kept with style and flair. As the group stopped and prayed, the spirit came as tongues of fire and rested o each of the group. That spirit was the signal from God that His spirit was now available to all that would follow Him. Prior the spirit was only available to prophets, priests, and Kings.
God knew that those who would lead the movement needed His comfort, guidance and protection. That need is as real today as it was in the 1st century. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, He sends His spirit to indwell and lead us. As we are sensitive to that leading, God will prepare us for the mission He has planned for us. The spirit also draws us into His word and in prayer. It guides us away from a life of independence from God and into a close loving relationship with Him.
His spirit also opens the Bible and causes us to understand God in a way that the world can never see. Jesus has always intended to be a part of our lives; His spirit allows that to be a reality–if we will seek God and listen to the leadership the Spirit offers.
God Bless You
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.