The passage is one that describes the situation of many people in the church today. It talks about the state of many of us and what God would desire should happen to us. Since the day of Pentecost, the dispensation of the Holy Spirit began.
The God we serve is one God not three Gods but this God reveals Himself in three persons. First, He reveals Himself as the Father, then as the Son, then as the Spirit. There is a purpose for this revelation. At any rate we see that there is unity in Trinity. The three persons that make one God are indivisible. They work as one and that is why we say that there is one God: the same power, the same characteristics and the same glory. For the sake of our salvation and the full revelation of divine purpose, God has chosen to manifest himself as three persons.
After the coming of the Lord was the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus came in for three and a half years to fulfill His ministry and left the rest to the Holy Spirit to continue in a body called the church. Pentecost has nothing really to do with the Holy Spirit. It was one of the annual feasts of the Jews. It was also called the Feast of Weeks. There were three major feasts that the Jews used to celebrate as Christians celebrate Christmas, Easter and so on. The Feast of Pentecost was usually celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Passover. The death of Jesus coincided with the Feast of Passover, the Feast of the Jews. For a purpose, Jesus is our Passover lamb representation. The Passover lamb that was supposed to be killed by the Jews in the celebration of Passover. Feast of Pentecost was supposed to be a festival of thanksgiving for the harvested crops.
Why did the coming of the Holy Spirit that is called the birth of the Church, coincide with Feast of Pentecost if its thanksgiving for the harvested crops? The Holy Spirit is primarily given to the Church to continue the ministry of Christ, for soul winning and reconciliation of mankind to God. When you talk about spiritual harvest, you talk about reconciling mankind to God. So the coming of the Holy Spirit is supposed to make possible the harvest of souls and the manifestation of the sons of God. In John 20:21, Jesus said as Father hath sent me, even so send I you. What God had planned in Christ is that through His death and resurrection, He will bring to glory many sons and children, He will reproduce Himself. So Jesus by His death and resurrection was supposed to produce many people like Himself. We are supposed to be like Jesus in character and in purpose just like Jesus lived to the glory of God and served God and proclaimed reconciliation with the power of the Holy Spirit. That is what God expects from us. He does not expect bench warmer Christians. God sent Jesus to be the light of the world, to destroy the works of the devil, to be the salt of the earth and to make peace between Him and mankind. That is what He asked us to do.
The Holy Spirit came 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ and 10 days after the ascension. Jesus said time and again that it is expedient that He should go. That if He did not go, the life God wants us to live will not be possible. That after He would have gone, God will fulfill the prophecy of Prophet Joel (Joel 2:28). Every member of the body of Christ is supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. There is no Christianity without the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not begin his ministry till He was baptized with the Holy Spirit. He was incarnated by the Holy Spirit. Everything about Him was through the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to practice Christianity without the Holy Spirit. The church was born on the day of Pentecost. It was born of the Spirit (Act 2). Verse 3 says, “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” The church was filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately the church began to manifest Christ-like acts. Nobody can live a Christian life without the Holy Spirit.
A Christian life is a life with genuine repentance from sin. God expects us to confess and renounce our sins. The bible says He that covereth his sins will not prosper but he that confesseth and renounce them will obtain mercy. It is only the Holy Spirit that can make it possible for us to renounce our sin. It takes only somebody under the influence of the Holy Spirit to know that some of the things we do are sinful and to be able to repent of them. It takes the Holy Spirit to embrace the life of true holiness, righteousness and life of the fear of God. It takes the Holy Spirit in our lives to have the power to overcome the devil and to do the will of God. It takes the Holy Spirit to be able to live a life of faith, joy and obedience. Many of us are living in disobedience. We try to rationalize the word of God.
For us to effectively work for God, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God has a purpose for everyone. For us to identify, fulfill our purpose and worship God, we need the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Worship does not mean going to church. That is just a step. Real worship is what you do when you are in the presence of God- anywhere, what you do and your attitude. The bible says God looks for those that worship Him in Spirit and in truth. For us to be able to worship God acceptably, we need the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, our worship will be glorious. We need the Holy Spirit to be able to understand the deep things of God. They are things we ordinarily cannot comprehend. God wants to reveal them to us but some of us cannot understand because we do not have the Holy Spirit. The bible says the things of God are spiritually discerned. God is not obliged to use anybody. He can bypass anybody. God is sovereign. He can do anything but many of us do not know how He works. We need the Holy Spirit.
How then can we be filled with the Holy Spirit?
- We need to repent of our sins.
- We need faith. We need to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
- We need to desire and thirst for the Holy Spirit.
- We need to ask God in faith. Sometimes it requires laying of hands by a man of God.
- Speaking in tongues.
- The supernatural life of Christianity becomes possible unto you.