470-471 :The Coming Of The Holy Spirit

470-471  :The Coming Of The Holy Spirit


WHEN the day of Pentecost had come,
 the disciples were all gathered together in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven like a rushing mighty wind,
 and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them tongues of flame which sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages,
 as the Spirit led them to speak.

Now there were living in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
And when this news spread, the multitude came together and were confounded because every man heard them speak in his own language.
They were all amazed and marvelled, saying to one another, "Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?'
How is it that each of us hears his own language from where he was born?
Parthians and Medes and Elamites, and the dwellers of Mesopotamia, and of Judea and Cappadocia and Pontus and Asia, of Phrygia and Pamphylia, of Egypt and the parts of Libya around Cyrene, and strangers from Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs,
 we hear them speak in our own tongues of the wonderful works of God."

They were all amazed and wondered, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
Others, mocking, said, "These men are full of new wine."
But Peter, standing up with the eleven (for they had chosen Matthias to take the place of the traitor Judas),
lifted up his voice and said to them, "You men of Judea, and all you who live in Jerusalem,
 listen to my words and know this: These men are not
drunken, as you suppose, for it is only the ninth hour of the day.
 But this is that which was spoken by God to the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass
in the last days, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all men.
 And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and
your old men shall dream dreams."'

And he told them of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God.
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized, and that same day were added to them about three thousand souls.
 They followed faithfully the apostles' teaching and fellowship,
 breaking bread together and praying.

And fear came upon every soul and many wonders were done by the apostles.
 All that believed were together and owned all things in common.
 They sold their possessions and goods and divided the money among all the people,
 as each had need of it.
Daily they went together to the temple,
 and from house to house they ate with gladness and singleness of heart,
 praising God and having favour with all the people.
 And the Lord added to their number daily those who would be saved.

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