by Rev. John Cortright on May 15, 2005
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After Jesus Christ's resurrection he was seen alive on earth in his resurrected body for 40 days. At that time he ascended into heaven and sat down on the right hand of God. After his ascension the disciples waited in Jerusalem for 10 days until the day of Pentecost at which time the holy spirit came upon the 12 apostles and the great movement of the First Century church began.

Before his death, at the last supper, Jesus talked with his disciples about the spirit that would come after his departure (John 14:12-20, 26; 15:26; 16:5-7, 13).

After Jesus was raised from the dead he told his disciples about what was going to happen (Luke 24:49-53; Acts 1:1-11).

- Endued with Power From on High

- The Promise of the Father

- Baptized with the holy spirit

- Ye shall receive power

Acts 2:1-7

Acts 2:11 NASB

"...we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God."

Acts 2:12-21

This was a fulfillment of the words of the prophet Joel (Joel 2:28-32). The context of Joel chapter two is dealing with coming day of the Lord. The chapter ends with these words as to what will occur at the end of this age. Pentecost was the beginning of the last days. We are in the last days (I Timothy 4:1; II Timothy 3:1-7; I John 2:18).

Acts 2:37-39

This promise of the holy spirit is to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God should call. The spirit and the gifts of God are here, just as our Lord had said, until he returns from his place in heaven (Matthew 28:20; Acts 3:19-21; I Corinthians 13:8-12; Ephesians 4:8-13).

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