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We are told over and over in Scripture that the proof of any prophecy is whether the prophecy comes to pass (actually happens). I can’t imagine the excitement in Peter’s heart on the Day of Pentecost. As the disciples prepared their hearts over ten days before, the day came, the waiting was over. “They were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1) when the Holy Spirit “came from heaven [with] a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting…And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” (2:2-4).
It actually happened as foretold through the Prophet Joel. So real and so powerful was this event that people from many nations “were bewildered…were amazed and astonished…[saying], how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” (2:6-8). It is always good when people ask questions. It shows they are thinking about what they have heard and want to know more. These questions give the Spirit the opportunity to speak through Peter. He goes right back to the Scripture in Joel to confirm that they just witnessed what God prophesied 850 years before.
There is more than just Joel’s prophecy, which in fact came from God through the prophet, to consider. Peter says, “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing” (2:33). Notice the accurate order in which Peter presents these events:
1. Jesus is exalted to the right hand of God the Father (1:11).
2. Jesus receives from the Father “promise of the Holy Spirit” (John 14:16).
3. Jesus poured out the Spirit on those gathered, praying, and waiting (Acts 2:2).
This is the distinguishing mark of the Church. That promise of the Father, given to us by Christ has never been taken away. Jesus is still at the Father’s right hand, the promise has not changed, and Jesus is still pouring out the Spirit on those who believe.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES THIS MAKE IN YOUR LIFE AND MINISTRY?
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