The promised Holy Spirit

Text:- When the day of Pentecost had come…. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in tongues as the spirit enabled them (Acts 2:1-4 NIV).

Today is Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday) in which we mark the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. It is the day generally regarded as the birthday of the Church. The coming of the Holy Spirit was foretold by Prophet Joel (Joel 2:28). The Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry also spoke about the coming of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8, Acts 1:4-5). The promised coming of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. The tasks of the Holy Spirit consist of:

  1. Convincing the world of sin, and calling it for repentance (John 16:8)
  2. Showing the standard of God’s righteousness to anyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ  (John 16:13)
  3. Demonstrating Christ’s judgement over Satan (John 16:11)

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit was for the empowerment of all believers to live and work for the glory of God. The spiritual gifts given to each person are to be used in the service of God and humanity. As everyone is given one or more of spiritual gifts, we must gainfully employ them to the glory of God. We must therefore prayerfully discover our gifts and appropriately employ them.

As we mark this important event in the history of the Church, we must examine ourselves as regards the way we have been employing the spiritual gifts given to us in the service of God and humanity. We have to remember that to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48). We also have to remember that anyone who claims that he or she does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him (Matt. 13:12) Accounts will be given by each one of us as to how we employed the spiritual gifts bestowed on us by God.

Our blest Redeemer, ere he breathed

His tender last farewell

A guide, a comforter bequeathed

With us to dwell

 

And every virtue we possess

And every conquest won

And every thought of holiness

Are his alone

Spirit of purity and grace

Our weakness pitying, see

O make our hearts thy dwelling place

And worthier thee

A & M 230 verse 1, 4 & 5

The Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi Ph.D

The Provost

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