In verse 11, Paul explains that believers are made right through Jesus and the Spirit.
The only way to know what Jesus wants is to listen to the Spirit (verses 13-16).
In verses 12-13, we see that the words of the Spirit are different than human wisdom.
“The believers in Antioch were full of joy and the Holy Spirit” (v. 52).
Even persecution didn’t eliminate the Spirit’s joy.
It’s fitting that on this Pentecost Sunday, the reading from verses 1-5 focuses on the role of the Holy Spirit in commissioning Barnabas and Saul from among the many faithful missionaries in place at Antioch.
In verses 44-48, we read that the Holy Spirit is poured out on Gentile believers. This is a huge deal!
Now anyone can experience the gift of God’s Spirit, not just the Jews.
In verses 1-13, we read about the arrival of the Holy Spirit.
As a result, the disciples start speaking the gospel message in foreign languages.
As impressive as this is, some of the crowd joke that the disciples are drunk.
When we see the impossible, it’s easier to make fun of it than believe it.
In vv. 1-9, we pick up in Acts where Luke left off in his gospel account.
Jesus appeared many times to many different people before returning to the Father.
He reminded his followers that the Holy Spirit was coming “in a few days,” but warned them that God’s kingdom would not immediately be restored to earth.
The Holy Spirit is not just another name for conscience.
The Holy Spirit is not more or less important than the Father and Son.
The Holy Spirit is both a communicator and evidence of a Christian’s right relationship with God.