The Cosmic Significance of Pentecost (Acts 1:1-11, Acts 2:1-2)

Errol Wagner, July 15, 2018
Part of the _ various topical series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

In John's record of the upper room discourse our Lord specifically stated that the Holy Spirit would not come until he had been glorified. Yet we know that the Holy Spirit was at work in Creation, in Prophecy and also in the lives of OT believers. So, do we reconcile this with what Jesus stated? The question is, in what way was the Holy Spirit's work different from Pentecost on when compared with the OT?

The answer to this question has huge implications for the way in which we understand the unique work of the Spirit in the Last Days. It is because, as a whole, Christians have not understood the unique work of the Spirit in these days, that His work has been individualised, personalized or 'charismatilized'.

In this message we explore the universal significance of the work of the Spirit in the context of the outworking of God's plan of redemption.


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Acts 1:1–11 (Listen)

1:1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


Acts 2:1–2 (Listen)

2:1 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.


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