FEAR ABOUT PENTECOST
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1,7).
Many people are puzzled by this statement found in the Holy Scriptures.
When the fear of the Lord lies within a person, it prevents him from
doing evil because the person knows that God will also hold him accountable
This fear of the Lord is useful and good. It shows respect and awe
for the almighty power of God. While the fear of the Lord can also
be described on terms as having deep respect for God, we want to specifically
talk about real fear - our subject being the fear about Pentecost.
At Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost took place. (do you
remember the Holy Scriptures referring to it?) Pentecost stands as
a monument for the Law of God. At that time, in the Old Testament,
God gave His people the first 10 commandments on tablets of stone
on the day of Pentecost. The day of Pentecost was the 50th day after
the exodus from Egypt. In the New Testament, we discover the fulfilling
of the prophecy concerning the outpouring of the Spirit of God. By
the coming of His spirit, HE writes His law in the minds of His people
(Ezekiel 36,27). Jesus said that those who receive His spirit will
be led in all truth, for it is the spirit of truth that leads them.
Numerous things are connected with the receiving of the Holy Ghost.
Power is given to the believers over the spiritual powers of darkness.
Through the power of the Holy Ghost, the sick are healed and demons
are cast out (Mark 16,15-18). Fear of Pentecost? Is there really someone
who happens to be scared about Pentecost and the Holy Ghost? By the
power of the Holy Ghost, demons were compelled to come out of people
when Jesus said so. Nobody could come against His powerful word and
His wisdom. Nobody could hide themselves from HIM. Jesus knew everyone,
and each individual was aware of this fact. Through the pentecostal
experience Jesus passes on this Spirit to His disciples. As a result,
it is easy to understand why all those that want to remain in darkness
are literally afraid of Pentecost and of the Holy Ghost. Without realizing
it, they are often enemies of the gospel of Jesus! They blaspheme
about things that they know nothing about. They promise freedom to
the people, however, without the presence and infilling of the Holy
Ghost - which they themselves are lacking - this liberty will never
be attained (2. Tim.3,5-7)!
Christian liberty cannot be replaced by some clerical or man made
decree or other, for it has already been established by the inspired
written Word of God about 2000 years ago.
This Word of God describes that Christian liberty can only be obtained
by the presence of God's Spirit. The
spirits that are holding the present day traditional Christianity
and the traditional leaders in captivity are petrified that this message,
which is, the whole gospel, will be spread further in our country
(Acts 7,51-52). The reason being that the spiritual eyes of the people
will be opened and they will be set free and come to knowledge of
the truth, which Jesus has also promised them (Matthew 23,9-13). The
fear about Pentecost is revealed by the fact that everything in connection
with the working of the Holy Ghost is rejected (Mark 3,22-30). It
is no wonder, because the strongholds of tradition and sin are exposed
and destroyed by the working of the Holy Ghost. Who could be afraid
of Pentecost, and even support this fear by passing it on to others?
Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent,
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that
are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Should the whole Gospel only have been for the
people of the past? No!!! (rw)