Is the Holy Spirit pentecostal? When people hear the word “pentecostal,” it makes some people think of these churches where ladies can’t wear pants, jewelry, or makeup and people run around speaking in tongues. I’m not putting down people who think this way, but that is not the meaning of pentecostal.
If by the Biblical definition of the word “Pentecost” we believe fully in the work of the Holy Spirit, and we believe that Pentecost is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost and we believe that every believer needs a vital relationship with the Holy Spirit, then yes I’m Pentecostal and so is every believer that believes that. And yes the Holy Spirit is Pentecostal.
What Exactly Is Pentecost?
Acts 2:1 – Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. (Verse 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
There were major fests in Israel; in the first month, the third month, and the seventh month in their calendar years. All of Israel was to gather in Jerusalem to celebrate these feasts. Passover represented when the spirit of death passed over the children of Israel when they were in Egypt. That was the first major feast. Then came Pentecost and then Tabernacles.
Within Passover, there are three feasts; within Tabernacles, there are three feasts; and then they had Pentecost.
Passover – Unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits; Pentecost – fifty days after Passover; Tabernacles, Feast of Trumpets; Day of Atonement; Feasts of Booths.
So Pentecost was the celebration of the giving of the Law on Mt Sinai, which was fifty days after Passover. Pente means five; cost means to the tenth power. So Pentecost means fifty.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come it just means on the 50th day. That’s what it means, but how many people do you know have a negative conception when the word Pentecost is mentioned? Why in the world would anyone be afraid of the word Pentecost when it only means “50?”
Look: Jesus walked the earth forty days after His resurrection and the ones He told to go to Jerusalem would be praying for ten days, making it 50 days after Christ’s resurrection – Pentecost!
Leviticus 23:15 – “And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. (Verse 16) Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.”
What Happened At Pentecost?
Acts 2:5 – Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. (Verse 6) And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together and were confused because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
Back in Genesis Chapter 11, is where the story of the Tower of Bable is told. All the people spoke one language but were gathered in rebellion against heaven. On the day of Pentecost, they were gathered in submission. At the Tower of Bable, they were gathered in pride. At Pentecost, they were gathered in humility. At the Tower of Bable, God came down and confused their language and they scattered to every nation. On the Day of Pentecost, they all came together and God restored a pure language to them – they all understood what was being said. They heard the “wonderful works of God.”
Pentecost is the blessed reversal of the cursed judgment of Bable! This is the fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost. Think about this: When the Law was given, there was a loud noise; a cloud descended; there was fire; God wrote His Law on tablets of stone and on that day, three thousand people died.
But on the Day of Pentecost, there was a loud noise; there was fire; a cloud descended with a rushing mighty wind; God wrote His law on men’s hearts and three thousand people were saved!
Is not the Bible an amazing book? Look how it all comes together! When God gave the Law they couldn’t keep it. Before the “ink was even dry,” they were at the bottom of the mountain doing everything that God said, “Thou shall not!” But when the Holy Spirit came, He wrote His standards on their hearts and three thousand people were saved.
Jesus came to make us in right standing with God. The Holy Spirit comes so that we can live “righteously!” He comes to empower us!
Can I Experience Pentecost?
Acts 2:3 – Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. (Verse 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Does the word “tongues” make you uncomfortable? Tongues come from the Greek word “Glossa.” It simply means “language.” They just began to speak with other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. Al these people heard the wonderful works of God in their own language.
There was a tongue of fire on everyone’s head. We have to belive by faith that here is a tongue of fie on our head too. Don’t we receive Jesus by faith? Do we not have to receive the Holy Spirit the same way? Yes, by faith! There were 120 people in the upper room. This baptism with the Holy Spirit wasn’t just for the twelve! This was for everyone!
Acts 1:4 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, “You have heard from Me; (Verse 5) “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Jesus tells us what the Promise is, it’s the baptism with the Holy Spirit. So the Spirit came and Peter stands up and preaches and the people ask, “What do we have to do?” And here’s Peter’s answer:
Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Verse 39) “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
Jesus said the Promise is the baptism with the Holy Spirit and the promise is for you and me, and all who are afar off! As many as the Lord our God will call. Did God call you? 1 Corinthians 12:3 says that no one comes by the Spirit unless “called by the Spirit.” So if you are a believer in Christ Jesus, yes you were called.
On the day Jesus died, Passover was fulfilled. This was when a spotless Lamb’s blood was shed for the sins of the world. Do we not experience this some two thousand years later? Did Christ die for my sins even though I wasn’t born back them? Yes, then can we not experience Pentecost also? We can be filled with the Holy Spirit just like the 120 were in the upper room that day!
My question to you is, “Have you fully received the baptism of the Holy Spirit?