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(Belated) Pentecost Post

June 19, 2017

This year, the first Sunday in June was Pentecost: the third most important festival in the Christian year, but one that receives much less public attention than Christmas and Easter – at least I have never noticed any Pentecost crackers anywhere…

But make no mistake: the church depends just as much on Pentecost as on the other two for its existence. Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit coming to the followers of Jesus, in accordance with promises given in the Old Testament, and without the Holy Spirit there would be no church.

Jesus told his followers to preach the Good News everywhere; but he also promised persecution and opposition. The Holy Spirit gave them – and us – the necessary courage to go out and preach the gospel. Without the Spirit, we Christians wouldn’t spread the gospel.

Jesus told his followers to be perfect, like the Father is perfect. This would be absolutely impossible in our own strength; but with the Spirit living in us, we will be enabled to live lives pleasing to God. Without the Spirit, we Christians wouldn’t be any different from the rest of the world.

Jesus told his followers that he couldn’t teach them everything; they weren’t ready yet. Instead the Holy Spirit would guide them into the full truth, and so he did; and we have that further teaching in the New Testament. Without the Spirit, we Christians wouldn’t know the truth about Jesus.

But the most important aspect of the Spirit is this: he connects us to the Father, and is the guarantee of our future redemption. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been given the Spirit as a down-payment; don’t ignore this amazing power residing in you!

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