John 16:13: “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”

This Sunday is known as Pentecost Sunday in the Christian church. In the book of Acts 1:4-5, Jesus Himself tells us about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

With the advent of the Holy Spirit — found in Acts 2:1-13 — as followers of Christ we consider this the birth of the Christian church.

If you were to continue to read Acts 2, verses 14 through 41, Peter gives not only his first public sermon, but the first message of the Christian church.

Just an FYI, one of the accepted rules among many believers is if there is a speaking in tongues, which is speaking in a known language that you didn’t learn, one no one taught you. It is listed in Scripture as a gift of the Holy Spirit. First Corinthians 12:1-11 lists these gifts, specifically, 12:10 for tongues.

The accepted practice which I mentioned is that if there is a speaking in tongues publicly there would be a translation, so that all might understand.

As Peter, the apostle, demonstrated in his first sermon.

Are you familiar with Jewish Feasts? I find the history of these traditions to be eye opening to understanding Biblical faith and practice.

Known as the Seven Feasts of Israel, they are:

The Feast of Passover (Leviticus 23:5)

The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Leviticus 23:6)

The Feast of First Fruits (Leviticus 23:10-11)

The Feast of Pentecost (Leviticus 23:17)

The Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23:24)

The Feast of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27)

The Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:34)

President Theodore Roosevelt had a saying: “I believe that the more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.”

As I continue to search the Scriptures of the Old Testament the clearer the New Testament becomes.

Personally, one thing that helped my understanding of Biblical principles was learning about the wilderness Tabernacle found in the Old Testament.

But I fully understand that without the Gift of the Holy Spirit that blessing wouldn’t have been achieved.

Happy birthday, church!

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