Glory overshadows the Day of Pentecost in great might. But we have only touched the surface of it.
In Luke chapter 2 we have the birth of Christ ....... Everything about him and His life here on earth throughout the Gospels leads us to a climatic end. A resolve unexpected, An undeniable truth. From His departure from heaven to His return to heaven, God's plan was in force. Revealed to all mankind.
The Day of Pentecost was just like the day of Christs birth ........ What am I saying here? It ushered in a new era, a new revelation, and it too will also come to a climatic end.
God revealed to us His Son at the river Jordan. And on the Day of Pentecost God revealed to us His Holy Spirit. To see the vision of God you must be full of the Spirit.
Let me back that statement up with scripture. Heb:12:2: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
There was no JOY in the cross. Unless you could see the vision of God. Through the power and the might and the insight of the Spirit, Christ Himself being full of it, could see the outcome of His sacrifice. He had the vision of God before him, therefore He was strengthened, comforted, to bear the horrors of the cross, that the vision and plan of God was fulfilled.
Lets take a look at Paul: In the beginning Paul did not have the Spirit, his vision was to destroy the church that God was building. Paul never intended to ever have anything to do with Jesus. As we read and study Paul's ministry we find that at one point, some of the people at Ephesus began to act along natural lines. They had no vision. They saw the miracles that were made manifest in Paul's ministry. But they themselves could not see nor realize the vision of God.
Much of the church today is in this same position. They think that they know the vision of God. But in truth they only have an outline of Gods plan, and no vision. Some even act upon their own vision, and some their own plan. In doing so they push God to the side and formulate doctrines of their own to go with their teachings or their understanding. Somewhere in all the shuffle God is packed up, pushed down, and kicked out. If God isn't in it, it will fail. Then they wonder what happened. If God isn't the doer, it wont get done; if God isn't the giver it won't get given; If God isn't the creator it won't get created.
John 1:3 says, All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Col:1:16: says, For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Too many today have lost sight of the vision or plan of God, thinking it's all for them, and forgetting that it's all for Him.
This is what happened at Ephesus. Paul had been in this very same position. It was necessary for God to stop him and reveal to him the path he should take.
Acts 9:15-16 15: But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
Paul had a broken spirit and a tried life.
1 Peter 4:12 12: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
This is how we get to know God.
Paul was thrown down on the road to Damascus, was blinded, had a vision, and received instruction. REVELATION was taking place.
After Paul's baptism, the evidence of this new revelation manifested itself. It was powerful. Even to the point that in Acts 19:15 when the sons of Sceva encountered a man possessed of demons they declared that they knew Paul.
Acts 19:15: And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
What was revealed?
It was the name of Jesus that brought the manifestation of Power. The revelation was of Christ. True power is in the knowledge of Jesus. His blood, perfect holiness. The same power works in us through our knowledge of Him.
We must realize who we are in Him to walk in His power.
Romans 8:37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
He is over everything .... Crowned by the Father
Ephesians 1:22: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
It has been given to Him to bring everything under subjection.
Here it is altogether: John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
The key word here is know...
The name of Jesus is not enough. Acts 19:15 just revealed this to us.
Many have called upon the name of Jesus to no avail. Many have made statements of belief without manifestation of a wonderful working Jesus in their life.
It is the knowledge of Him that adds the power to His name. His name is only good for salvation without the knowledge of Him.
He told us: Jn:5:39: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. Mt:11:29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.