One of the most important holy days the children of Israel celebrated was Pentecost. Followers would come from around the known world to Jerusalem to recognize this special time.
During this significant gathering, attendees would hear many different languages being spoken. An example of this is indicated in Acts 2:8-11: “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians,…”
What exactly was going on, as recorded in this section of Acts? God was pouring out for the first time the gift of holy spirit that He promised in the Gospel records. This was the culmination of what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made available through His redemptive work of dying and God raising Him from the dead. Really, this was the birth of true Christianity.
God introduced this landmark event with a whole new manifestation of the spirit – speaking in tongues. As this outpouring was saturating the hearts of the visitors from these varied nations, they were hearing their own language being spoken by Galileans. Act 2:7: “And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?” Galileans at that time in history were considered “backwoods” folks that were ignorant and unlearned. It blew their mind that they could speak perfectly their languages! What was going on here that these “country” folks could speak so eloquently all these foreign languages?
Jesus Christ’s last spoken words before ascending up to the right hand of the Father, was: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). God blessed all these people in a miraculous way by working in the 12 apostles via speaking in tongues. The speaking in tongues, the people heard, was in the different languages of the many people present. The Apostles spoke perfectly these languages, “as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4).
On the first day of the Christian Church, God introduced a whole new, never-before-used manifestation: Speaking in tongues. How magnificent is this unique manifestation?
- Gives you the ability to speak to God directly and perfectly. I Corinthians 14:2
- You can magnify Him perfectly. Acts 10:46
- You can worship Him truly with the spirit. John 4:23, 24; Philippians 3:3
- You can pray perfectly. Romans 8:26, 27
- You build yourself up. I Corinthians 14:4a; Jude 20
- You know you are a child of God and a joint heir of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:16. 17a
- You can make intercession in your prayer life for others. Romans 8:26, 27
Enjoy the richest gift man has ever received while celebrating this upcoming Pentecost day and speak the perfect language God loves to hear: Speaking in tongues.