After being filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter preached the first sermon of the newly born church. He began by quoting the prophet:
But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Acts 2:16-21 ESV).
Our Father in heaven has been pouring out his Holy Spirit from that first day of Pentecost until now; and these are those last days spoken of by the prophets.
Who is this third member of the Trinity, comprised of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit? What is his mission? What can we expect him to do in these last days? How does he work within us and through us? When do we receive him, and how can we receive more of his sanctifying power?
As we approach Pentecost 2020 and beyond, we can increasingly expect to see the evidence of God’s hand moving on the earth and among his people – and the activity of the Holy Spirit operating through his Church, the Body of Christ.
If you would like to know more about the Holy Spirit and how he works within us as believers, please join us in reviewing our eight-part series, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” from May 2019, re-posted weekly.