I Will Pour out My Spirit
Thursday, February 2nd, 2017
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…. Joel 2:28
Too much of our time is spent trying to chart God as a grid, and too little is spent allowing our hearts to feel awe. By reducing Christian spirituality to a formula, we deprive our hearts of wonder. As much as we need to know the grace of God in all its truth, we need the ‘wonder’ also in our hearts.
The Gospel started when religious people were getting baptized with water. John the Baptist warned them that the water won’t do anything but only get their snakeskins wet.
However, John declared that if they really want to get serious with God, they are to have faith in Jesus’ baptism and death on the cross for them. Only then, Jesus would ignite the kingdom life within them.
Now, this historical event brings me to the word of a prophet named Joel, writing approximately 830 BC. He predicted a day would come when God will pour out His Spirit on all people. This is one of the greatest statement in the Bible. This is how God ignites kingdom life in His people.
Let us consider this amazing promise of the Spirit from 5 different perspectives found in Joel 2:28-32.
- This Is The Promise For The Last Days Joel 2:28a
When Joel records the promise, he uses the phrase “and ….afterwards” to indicate that the blessing of God’s Spirit comes after God’s judgment on the unbelieving people of Judah. 800 years later Peter quotes Joel 2 at the beginning of his magnificent sermon in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. Acts 2:14-41 When the Holy Spirit came upon the early disciples, they began to speak with other tongues, declaring the Lord’s greatness. God poured out His Spirit on all those who believed in His Son’s baptism, death and resurrection from then on.
- This Is A Promise For All People Joel 2:28b
Notice that God promises to pour out His Spirit on all the people. Pentecost means that the Spirit is no longer given only to spiritual leaders or biblical professionals. The promise is for us. We must understand that the church belongs to the people, not to the leaders. The true work of ministry belongs to the entire born again believers in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness.
- This Is A Promise For All Groups Joel 2:28-29
Holy Spirit does not discriminate. We are the ones who discriminate. We tend to associate with those who think like us, act like us, talk like us and speak like us. We divide ourselves by age, sex, race, skin colour, language, culture, clothing, education, income, ethnicity and nationality. God isn’t like that. He is no respecter of persons. He will be friends with anyone who wants to be friends with Him. God willingly pours out his Spirit on all those who choose to believe in Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. We need the energy of the young and the faith of the old if NCCkl is to be all that God wants it to be.
- This Is A Promise Of Coming Judgment Joel 2:30-31
We might be tempted to skip these verses or to think they don’t apply to us. In fact, these verses describe a series of cataclysmic events just before the Second Coming of Christ when He comes to judge the earth. It is a picture of the wrath of God that will cover the earth in judgment. It helps to remember that the Bible writers did not shrink from using fear as a proper motivation. True preaching always involves the negative. We cannot preach the love of God if we do not also preach the God Who judges sin and punishes those who reject His Son’s righteous work on earth.
- This Is A Promise Of Free Salvation Joel 2:32
This is the flip side of the previous truth. If God will judge sinners, He also invites them to be saved from their sins. God always intended to make a universal offer of salvation through the baptism, death and resurrection of His Son. The outpouring of the Spirit means the offer of salvation now given to every person on earth. No one is excluded. This is God’s promise to those who believe in His Righteousness.
God will ignite kingdom passion in every one of us at NCCkl if only we are willingly to receive His Spirit.
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