What is Pentecost and what exactly does this mean for you and I?
Let me first give you the definition of Pentecost and then we will go deeper in revealing why The Holy Spirit was given and what this means for you and I.
Pentecost is the Christian festival celebrating the descent of The Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after His Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Passover (Easter). The Jewish festival of Shavuoth.
Originally, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover.
The word Pentecost means, “50 days,” or seven weeks after Passover, celebrated when the people harvested their grain, offering a “tithe” of it to God.
Passover was the week when Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the third day of the Passover week to now become our Passover Lamb.
Jesus appeared to Mary first at the tomb as risen LORD. Then to Peter and Cleopas. Then to his disciples on the third day without Thomas.
Then He showed himself alive to all the disciples, including Thomas on the eighth day. Here He breathed on them and they received The Holy Ghost.
These events were recorded in the four gospels. Passover leads us to Pentecost.
Pentecost also continued to be a celebrated festival even by Christians, as also “a Christian celebration/ festival/ appointment,” even though it’s roots began in the Jewish faith, because the Bible tells us we are to keep certain festivals forever to all generations, this being one of them.
The Apostle Paul also kept this special feast, or divine appointment, and he further tells us how to keep them in the below scriptures.
“But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.” Acts 18:21.
“Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.
So let’s start at the beginning in order that you might fully understand why Jesus came to earth and walked the divine path he walked as he gave us example to follow in his steps.
Because of God’s great Love for us He sent his only begotten Son, Jesus to come into this earth, walk a divine path always being led by The Holy Spirit, to die for our sins that He might redeem us or buy us back, to reconcile us back to God.
He did this by the shedding of his own blood to bring us back to His original intent for mankind.
To fully redeem us from every curse of The Law of the Old Covenant, being made that curse for us that the blessings of Abraham would also be granted to us.
Thus giving us into a New Covenant with God, that is established upon better promises, whereby we may serve God acceptably and with godly fear, to give us a inheritance among the saints, as He through His Body, made both Jew and Gentile one, breaking down the middle wall that separated us from covenant rights and privileges.
Jesus is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life, and He is the ONLY WAY back to God.
So He walked the divine path The Father gave Him to walk, to show us the way that we might follow this path to find our way back to God, and His original intent for us all.
We now know the only way to get there, is to go the way Jesus went, being led by the SAME SPIRIT that Jesus was led, by down the same path, to find out true purpose identity, and inheritance.
So after Jesus walked His path led by The Holy Spirit, and died on The Cross to redeem us back to God and His original intent, and give us this new covenant.
He then was resurrected by the same Spirit that led Him all the way through His process. He rose of the third day, which is Passover.
Now in order to show you Pentecost and what this is, and all this entails for you and I, we must first explore what happened BEFORE and AFTER He had risen on the third day, all of which led us to Pentecost.
Your understanding of what happened from Passover to Pentecost will also bring you further into your true identity and purpose for being in this earth, and your God given inheritance, rights and privileges under this new covenant/ agreement with God.
So After Jesus died on the cross, he was buried in a tomb and there was a stone rolled upon it. The stone signifying the first order or covenant that was engraved upon stone was now rolled away by the new man Christ.
Thus giving us a New Covenant. For there must first be a death of a testator in blood in order to give us a New Testament.
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator,” Hebrews 9:14-16.
But what happened day one and two while his dead body was in the grave? The answer is found in the below scriptures.
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him,” 1 Peter 3:18-22.
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.” Acts 2:22-31.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things,” Ephesians 4:8-10.
Herein we see that Christ went into the lower parts of the earth and here He led the disobedient prisoners out of captivity. This is what happened on the FIRST and SECOND day. Jesus conquered death and hell and He got the keys of death and hell!
“And he said unto them, ‘Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected,’” Luke 13:32.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18.
On the THIRD day He conquered the grave as He rose again the grave and he got the keys of death, hell, and the grave and rose at Passover triumphing over them in it.
He then showing Himself alive to His disciples with many infallible proofs. He then breathed on them and they received the Holy Ghost as He gave these wonderful gifts to men.
Then He ascended back to The Father sitting at the right hand of God.
He gave us the church the gifts of His Spirit and the KEYS of the KINGDOM that we might overcome all things and inherit all things becoming Kings and Priests unto our God and reigning with him.
“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God,” Acts 1:3.
“Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not FLESH AND BONES, as ye see me have.” Luke 24:39.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN (RESTORE) YOUR MORTAL BODIES BY HIS SPIRIT that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do MORTIFY (subdue the body or its needs and desires by self-denial or discipline) the DEEDS OF THE BODY, YE SHALL LIVE,” Romans 8:11-13.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY,” John 10:10.
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19.
“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you,” John 14:18-20.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they (120 in upper room/highest part of the third level) were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:1-4.
“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Acts 2:14-21.
~ Kimberly Fuller