Day Two: Aftershocks of Pentecost

Acts 10:44
While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

“Cornelius and his household don’t even have a chance to say, ‘We believe.’ The spirit comes upon them and they speak with tongues, just as the apostles did on the day of Pentecost.” [NT Wright, Acts for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-12, 170]

In Acts 10, the pouring out of the Spirit upon Cornelius and his household caught Peter by surprise. This wasn’t even supposed to happen according to his theology at that time. What we learn is that God is not done pouring out his Spirit at Acts 2. It continued into Acts 10 and it continues all around the world today. We are living in an age where the Spirit can be powerfully poured out upon any gathering where God’s message is proclaimed. Let’s anticipate this as we speak to others, and let’s anticipate this as we listen.

Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, as an agent of your good news, let me see your Spirit poured out as I share it with others. And as I listen to your message preached to me, may I receive a fresh and powerful filling of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Spirit of God” by New Life Worship (click here).

— ES