“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also upon the servants and handmaids …,” Joel 2:28-29.
Sounds like a mystery. In a way it is mysterious. There are many spirits in the world, but only one Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost as He is referred to in the King James Version. Jesus had a human form that helped us to understand who He is; Jesus left footprints in the sand. The Holy Spirit is somewhat like the wind; we can’t see the wind, but we feel its effects. The Bible refers to Him as a person who can act, think, and feel. He is not just an influence or a power. He is God.
The Day of Pentecost was when the Holy Ghost was given in His fullness. But He was active in the Old Testament. Joel’s prophesy was fulfilled in Acts 2. Joel said the Spirit would be “poured out” like rain; no limit to what the Spirit can work. Joel said, “upon all flesh,” no limit as to how many people may experience the coming of the Spirit into their lives.
His coming is not limited by gender, He will come to “sons and daughters” alike. He is not limited by social or economic position, He will come to “the servants and handmaids.” Age will not limit His coming, old men and young men are mentioned.
Jesus had instructed His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit had come. Two symbols of the Holy Spirit were mentioned at His coming; wind and fire. Wind is an invisible and uncontrollable force – like the Holy Spirit. Fire is a symbol of purity. One of the roles of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to purify us. The purifying power of the Spirit overcomes and removes the sin nature when He fills our lives.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever,” John 14:16. Jesus had just told His disciples He was leaving them, and they were very disturbed. Jesus must go before the Comforter could come. We will always have the benefit of God’s presence in our lives.
The last message Jesus spoke to His disciples is in Acts 2:7-8. He promised them power for effective Christian living and witnessing. They were to be witnesses from their homes to the uttermost parts of the earth, to every person of every nation.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call,” Acts 2:39.
The promise was not only for the few on the Day of Pentecost. It as much for us today as it was for them 2,000 years ago.
Willie Lee Schmitz leads the Church of God in Derma.