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DOCTRINAL

PNEUMATOLOGY

(A study on the Holy Spirit)

Dr. Silas C. Nair

 

VII. THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AT PENTECOST (Part: 2)

 

PARALLELS IN THE ADVENTS OF CHRIST AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

1. God appointed that there should be a signal coming accorded unto the descent of Each from Heaven to earth for the performance of the work assigned Them. Just as the Son was present with the redeemed Israelites long before His  incarnation (Acts 7:37, 38; 1 Corinthians 10:4), yet God decreed for Him a visible and more formal advent, which all of His people knew of—so though the Holy Spirit was given to work regeneration in men all through the Old Testament era (Nehemiah 9:20, etc.), and moved the Prophets to deliver their messages (2 Peter1:21), nevertheless God ordained that He should have a coming in state, in a solemn manner, accompanied by visible tokens and glorious effects.

 

2. Both the advents of Christ and of the Spirit were the subjects of Old Testament prediction. During the past century much has been written upon the Messianic prophecies, but the promises which God gave concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit constitute a theme which is generally neglected. The following are among the principal pledges which God made that the Spirit should be given unto and poured out upon His saints: Psalm 68:18 Proverbs 1:23; Isaiah 32:15; Ezekiel 36:26, 39:29; Joel 2:28; Haggai 2:9: in them the descent of the Holy Spirit was as definitely announced as was the incarnation of the Savior in Isaiah 7.14.

 

3. Just as Christ had John the Baptist to announce His incarnation and to prepare His way, so the Holy Spirit had Christ Himself to foretell His coming, and to make ready the hearts of His own for His advent.

 

4. Just as it was not until “the fullness of time had come” that God sent forth His Son (Galatians 4:4), so it was not until “the day of Pentecost was fully come” that God sent forth His Spirit (Acts 2:1).

 

5. As the Son became incarnate in the holy land, Palestine, so the Spirit descended in Jerusalem.

 

6. Just as the coming of the Son of God into this world was auspiciously signalized by mighty wonders and signs, so the descent of God the Spirit was attended and attested by stirring displays of Divine power. The advent of Each was marked by supernatural phenomena: the angel choir (Luke 2:13) found its counterpart in the “sound from Heaven” (Acts 2:1), and the Shekinah “glory” (Luke 2:9) in the “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3).

 

7. As an extraordinary star marked the “house” where the Christ-child was (Matthew 2:9), so a Divine shaking marked the “house” to which the Spirit had come (Acts 2:2).

 

8. In connection with the advent of Christ there was both a private and a public aspect to it: in like manner, too, was it in the giving of the Spirit. The birth of the Savior was made known unto a few, but when He was to “be made manifest to Israel” (John 1:31), He was publicly identified, for at His baptism the heavens were opened, the Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove, and the voice

of the Father audibly owned Him as His Son. Correspondingly, the Spirit was communicated to the Apostles privately, when the risen Savior “breathed on, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit”(John 20:22); and later He came publicly on the day of Pentecost when all the great throng then in Jerusalem were made aware of His descent (Acts 2:32-36).

 

9. The advent of the Son was in order to His becoming incarnate, when the eternal Word was made flesh (John 1:14); so, too, the advent of the Spirit was in order to His becoming incarnate in Christ’s redeemed: as the Savior had declared to them, the Spirit of truth “shall be in you” (John 14:17). This is a truly marvelous parallel. As the Son of God became man, dwelling in a human “temple” (John 2:19), so the Third Person of the Trinity took up His abode in men, to whom it is said, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” ( 1 Corinthians 3:16). As the Lord Jesus said to the Father, “A body hast Thou prepared Me”(Hebrews 10:5), so the Spirit could say to Christ, “A body hast Thou prepared Me” (see Ephesians 2:22).

 

10. When Christ was born into this world, we are told that Herod “was troubled and all Jerusalem with him” (Matthew 2:3); in like manner, when the Holy Spirit was given we read, “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were troubled in mind” (Acts 2:5, 6).

 

11. It had been predicted that when Christ should appear He would be unrecognized and unappreciated (Isaiah 53), and so it came to pass. In like manner, the Lord Jesus declared, “The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him” (John 14:17).

 

12. As the Messianic claims of Christ were called into question, so the advent of the Spirit was at once challenged: “They were all amazed and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?” (Acts 2:12).

 

13. The analogy is yet closer: as Christ was termed “a winebibber”(Matthew 11:19), so of those filled with the Spirit it was said, “These men are full of new wine” (Acts 2:13)!

 

14. As the public advent of Christ was heralded by John the Baptist (John 1:29), so the meaning of the public descent of the Spirit was interpreted by Peter (Acts 2:15-36).

 

15. God appointed unto Christ the executing of a stupendous work, even that of purchasing the redemption of His people; even so to the Spirit has been assigned the momentous task of effectually applying to His elect the virtues and benefits of the atonement.

 

16. As in the discharge of His work the Son honored the Father (John 14:10), so in the fulfillment of His mission the Spirit glorifies the Son (John 16:13, 14).

 

17. As the Father paid holy deference unto the Son by bidding the disciples, “hear ye him” (Matthew 17:5), in like manner the Son shows respect for His Paraclete by saying, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith

unto the churches” (Revelation 2:7).

 

18. As Christ committed His saints into the safe-keeping of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7; 14:16), so the Spirit will yet deliver up those saints unto Christ, as the word “receive” in John 14:3 plainly implies. We trust that the reader will find the same spiritual delight in perusing this chapter as the writer had in preparing it. From the above it is abundantly clear that Pentecost is a unique historical event.

                                                                 To be continued.......

 

 
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