Acts 2:1-4: “On the day of Pentecost, all the Lord’s followers were together in one place. 2Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. 3Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions and a tongue came and settled on each person there. 4The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.”
This Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, which we also regard as the birth of the church as we know it today. And I know that those who were present the day the Holy Spirit descended would not recognize the 21st Century church as the same one they were a part of ushering in when they had all gathered in the upper room for prayer.
Well, most businesses, institutions and, yes, we humans, tend to change over a period of time. Viewpoints change. Practices change, even the vision may change, but through it all, we know that Christ and His cause will never change.
Just recently a group of thousands of Catholics, who are involved with the Charismatic movement in the Catholic Church, gathered in a large stadium, and as I watched part of that program where the Pope was speaking to the crowd, I was blessed to hear his words of encouragement to those who believe the same power and presence of the Holy Spirit that was evident on the Day of Pentecost is still as valid and powerful now.
The Catholic and Orthodox churches share a common belief with our Pentecostal Church friends; we believe in inspiration and revelation. It truly is part of the system of faith. Faith that says, “With God all things are possible.”
On that day of Pentecost there was a powerful visitation from the Holy Spirit which bore out the promise which Christ had made when He said, “I will send a comforter.”