The Fire Of God

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on June 4, 2006
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Acts 2:1-4 The Feast of Pentecost after the ascension of Jesus Christ was a significant event for a number of reasons. Understanding the three feasts that were a part of the Mosaic law provides a good starting place to grasp the greatness of Pentecost.

Exodus 34:18-27 Each feast had a practical purpose to help Israel to maintain a godly, thankful relationship with God. The Passover was to serve as a reminder of the salvation that God provided for Israel when they left Egypt. The Feast of Weeks (later called Pentecost) was to acknowledge the wheat harvest--God's provision for Israel. The Feast of Ingathering was to celebrate the end of the harvest.

Each feast also had a provisional aspect to it. Passover foreshadowed the sacrifice of Jesus as the final Passover lamb. The Feast of Weeks foreshadowed the outpouring of the holy spirit and the Feast of Ingathering foreshadowed the gathering of the saints with the Lord at the end of the age. Two of the three have already been fulfilled.

Romans 8:17-25 Since the holy spirit was given on Pentecost, the Feast of Firstfruits, we are to associate the holy spirit with the return of Christ knowing that then we will receive the fullness of all that God promises regarding eternal life.

Acts 2:2 Based upon the full information provided in the context "the house" seems to be the temple. In verse 6 we are told a crowd gathered; so large that (according to verse 41) 3,000 people believed.

Acts 2:3 This was not the first time the fire of God descended in this manner but it was the last.

Exodus 13:21 and 22; Exodus 19:18; Leviticus 9:24; I Chronicles 21:26; II Chronicles 7:1

Fire from heaven came basically for two reasons: 1. God's judgments 2. God's acceptance of a sacrifice Examples of God's judgment are in Sodom and Gomorra, Egypt, in the wilderness and at the end of the age when the final judgment begins.

Matthew 3:11 and 12

Acts 2:3 The fire of God which sat upon these men was rich with significance and it also signaled to them that the promised gift of holy spirit was now going to be given. Jesus had instructed them in detail regarding this very moment.

John 20:22

Acts 2:4 This is the first time in history anyone was baptized in holy spirit; however, it was not the last.

Acts 1:5-21

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