This post is much too short to convey the wonder and beauty of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us!
And Peter said to them, “…you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”-Acts 2:38-39 (ESV)
The Holy Spirit’s descent upon the Apostles is astounding (Acts 2). I don’t believe I began to appreciate it until I realized my own weakness and desire for strength. God’s Spirit overflowed within them. In me, I felt He just peeked out every once in a while, probably bracing for the freezing bucket of water I would surely throw at Him.
That wasn’t the way with the Apostles. With a whoosh, the Holy Spirit rode the wind into the house. Then it divided into tongues of fire upon each head! Imagine the Apostles bewilderment and awe—only furthered when they, mostly lowly workmen, began declaring the glories of God Almighty in different languages. The clamorous chorus of praise brought the people running from their different occupations to witness the miracle. I’m not sure if the Apostle spoke in the tongues of each foreigner in Jerusalem, but whether they did or not, the foreigners understood each adoration in their native language! Then Peter stood up and delivered the impactful message of salvation: reaching into his memory and pulling out words from the prophets and David, Shepherd King, he convicted the crowd of their crime against God—their crucifying of Christ. They begged, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Three thousand souls came to Christ that day (Acts 2:41). Before Pentecost, the number of Jesus’s followers was 120 (Acts 1:15). But the Christian growth did not stop there: no, they devoted themselves to learning of God, fellowship, and prayer. They shared everything among each other, accompanied each other to the temple, and did so with glad and generous hearts. Every day, the Lord added to their number.
Doesn’t the same Spirit dwell in me? The Holy Spirit isn’t a tonic or substance that God pours according to His whim: we all have the same amount of the Holy Spirit, because He is a member of the triune nature of God—He is a living form of the Divine One, not a complementary bonus—He cannot be divvied up. The power displayed at Pentecost both convicts and inspires me. On one hand, I know I have quenched the Flame too many times, but on the other—look what we can do if we feed the Flame!
The same Power lives in us as it lived in the early Christians. We only need to grasp onto Him—prophesying to all the nations.
Listen to the song by Jeremy Camp that inspired my title, Same Power.