Godhead’s Sacred Gift
God loved the world. The love impelled Him to give His one and only son to save the world. The Bible records that over 2000 years ago, a son was born on earth and was named Jesus Christ. Thirty years later, He went to be baptized by John the Baptist in River Jordan. Note that, in Old Testament prophesy, someone was to prepare the way for the Messiah and John fulfilled this prophesy. Significantly after His baptism, something remarkable happened. He left the waters, and immediately He saw the Spirit of God descending down as gently as a dove upon Him, and the voice of God spoke from Heaven saying, “This is my son in whom I am pleased”. This is one of the revelations of the Godhead. Their presence at that moment bound together in love.
The ministry of Jesus begins soon after He is back from the wilderness, where the devil tempts Him after fasting for forty days. Three years down the line after His ministry alongside His chosen twelve apostles, He is crucified on the cross also fulfilling a messianic prophecy. Before His crucifixion, He promises to send a helper to His Disciples, letting them know that He will always be with them. Jesus ascends to Heaven and a few days after, when the disciples are gathered together; Jesus Christ fulfills His promise of a counselor. The Holy Spirit descends upon each and every disciple.
Acts chapter 2 records the chronological events of the Pentecost. It was fifty days after Jesus was crucified, ten days after He ascended into heaven. The disciples’ conviction about the resurrection of Jesus had hardened. They had not left Jerusalem, in wait for what Jesus had told them was going to happen. And it so happened, when they were in the upper room, perhaps eating or praying that God sent the Holy Spirit. Upon receiving the Holy Spirit, each one of them began speaking in foreign tongues! It was an extraordinary episode that created momentous hullabaloo which drew many people to the place in which it happened. On that particular day, Peter spoke the first gospel message, creating an atmosphere of utmost spiritual burst that drove three thousand more people to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:41, “Those who accepted His message were baptized, and about three thousand more were added to their number that day.”
The Holy Spirit as we have already affirmed is one of the Godhead. His unfolding comes with a lot to chew in. Many debates have been staged to clarify the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer in the body of Christ. He was the gift that Christ promised and fulfilled.
John 14:16-17, “And I will ask my father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever-the spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
Acts 1:3, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Spirit entered into Peter, he was enabled to speak boldly in front of people. He was confident and brave, and when He spoke, people received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Power was manifested in his language after receiving the magnificent gift. Believers today continue to take on this power after being convicted by the Holy Spirit. They are led through to exalting God, bearing witnesses for Jesus Christ throughout the world as commissioned by Jesus.
While in heaven, we shall realize just how much power we have had within us yet never put to full use. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 highlights this power through the gifts we obtain after receiving the Holy Spirit. They are the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues. The apostles began their ministry after conviction and the Bible records their walk with Jesus through supernatural miracles. This was because of the “the helper”, indwelling within them. By him, we have achieved clairvoyant revelations and we have done much more that we could have, had we been solo. The awesome truth is, we can do much more in the counsel of the Holy Spirit, should we desire His guidance.