Pentecost ushers in His Kingdom :IT IS WRITTEN

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A study of God’s word reveals the beginning of the church of the Bible on the first Pentecost,  following the crucifixion and recorded in the 2nd chapter of Acts. Every mention of the church or “Kingdom” prior to this is always future tense, while every mention of each is always present tense  after that event on Pentecost (Robert Oliver).

Wow! I have often wondered what this scripture means: 

“And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death  before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.”

Mark 9:1(NIV)

My concept of the Kingdom of God was future tense (heaven), so how could the scripture say that  those standing at that time (about 2000 years ago), would not taste death when they would have  long since died by now? 

I now realise that His Kingdom on earth began on that first day of Pentecost, so that those who have  accepted Christ have already entered eternal life in the here and now! You and I, through the power  of the resurrected life of Christ, will not taste death as the world knows it, for we have already become eternal beings in His Kingdom! 

THE LINK BETWEEN PENTECOST AND SHAVUOT 

31The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new  covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I  made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they  broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.33 “This is the covenant I  will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their  minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Jeremiah 31:31-33 (NIV)

Pentecost in the New Testament (see Acts 2) comes from the Greek word: 50th i.e. the 50th day after Passover.

Shavuot in the Old Testament (see Exodus 19 and 20) means “weeks” i.e., it is the celebration of the  Biblical Festival of (7) Weeks on the 50th day after Passover.  

Thus, all Jews came to Jerusalem on this day to celebrate, which is why all of Christ’s disciples were  together in one place (see Acts 2:1).

The Jewish people believe it was exactly on this day (Shavuot) that God gave Moses the Torah on  Mount Sinai (His law written on tables of stone). 

Through these Commandments, God was teaching His people how to LOVE; WORSHIP and WALK with  Him. 

God spoke to Moses amidst loud trumpet blasts and billows of smoke and fire, so that the people  would recognise that Moses had been chosen by God to lead them. 

However, at Pentecost in the New Testament (Acts 2), the time had come for God to usher in His  Kingdom, because Christ had come to fulfill the law, so His laws would now be written in our hearts  (instead of on tablets of stone), through the Holy Spirit within.

Through tongues of fire (now resting on individuals instead of through billows of smoke) and with  various tongues coming out of their mouths (instead of God’s voice), His Kingdom was now  established through all those who submit to Christ. 

We have become those, chosen by God, to introduce others to the Messiah, who wants to bring  them out of slavery and into His Promised Land. 

Connection between what happened on Mount Sinai and in Acts 2. 

At the first Pentecost/Shavuot – God chose the Jews to be his treasured possession (Exodus 19:5) if they obey Him and keep His covenant. 

At the Pentecost that followed Jesus’ resurrection, Christ followers (Jew and Gentile alike) were not  only given eternal life, but also authority on earth through the keys of His Kingdom: 

“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth  will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be lost in heaven.”

Matthew 16:19 (NIV)

As the body of Christ already living in His Kingdom here on earth, we have the privilege of not only sharing His Kingdom with the lost and hurting world around us, but we have also been given the  authority needed to bind up the broken-hearted and set the captives free! 

PRAYER

Lord, we marvel at the intricacies of your Word!  

We have so much to learn about You and Your Kingdom.  

Increase our understanding/desire for more of you and the authority already given to us we pray!  We celebrate Pentecost and the wonder of this truth: the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the  dead, is now living inside each one of us! 

Help us tap into this power we pray, in Jesus’ name.

Amen

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