Acts 2: 2-4 (NKJV) Suddenly there came a 
sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, 
and it filled the whole house where they were 
sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, 
as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And 
they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and 
began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit 
gave them utterance.  


Discover Your Language
   Oh to have heard this moment in 
Jerusalem. Andrew describing God's grace in Egyptian. 
Thomas explaining God's love to the Romans. 
Bartholomew quoting the Twenty-third Psalm to Cretans. 
John relating the resurrection story to the 
   Some in the crowd were cynical, accusing 
the disciples of early morning inebriation. But 
others were amazed and asked, "Whatever could this 
mean?" (v. 12). 
   Good question. Crowded city. Prayerful 
followers. Rushing wind and falling fire. Fifteen 
nations represented in one assembly. Disciples 
speaking like trained translators of the United 
Nations. Whatever could this mean? 
   At least this much: God loves the 
nations. He loves Iraqis. Somalians. Israelis. New 
Zealanders. Hondurans. He has a white-hot passion to 
harvest his children from every jungle, 
neighborhood, village, and slum. "All the earth shall be 
filled with the glory of the Lord" (Num. 14:21 
ESV). During the days of Joshua, God brought his 
people into Canaan "so that all the peoples of the 
earth may know that the hand of the Lord is 
mighty" (Josh. 4:24 ESV). David commanded us to 
"sing to the Lord, all the earth!  Declare his 
glory among the nations, his marvelous works among 
all the peoples!" (Ps. 96:1-3 ESV). God spoke to 
us through Isaiah: "I will make you as a light 
for the nations, that my salvation may reach to 
the end of the earth" (Isa.49:6 ESV). His vision 
for the end of history includes "people for God 
from every tribe, language, people, and nation" 
(Rev. 5:9 NCV). 
   God longs to proclaim his greatness in 
all 6,909 languages that exist in the world 
today. He loves subcultures: the gypsies of Turkey, 
the hippies of California, the cowboys and 
rednecks of West Texas. He has a heart for bikers and 
hikers, tree huggers and academics. Single moms. 
Gray-flannelled executives. He loves all people groups and 
equips us to be his voice. He commissions common 
Galileans, Nebraskans, Brazilians, and Koreans to speak 
the languages of the peoples of the world. He 
teaches us the vocabulary of distant lands, the 
dialect of the discouraged neighbor, the vernacular 
of the lonely heart, and the idiom of the young 
student. God outfits his followers to cross cultures 
and touch hearts. 
   Pentecost makes this promise: if you are 
in Christ, God's Spirit will speak through you. 
Don't miss the opportunity to discover your 
   With whom do you feel most fluent? 
Teenagers? Drug addicts? The elderly? You may be 
tongue-tied around children but eloquent with 
executives. This is how God designed you. "God has given 
us different gifts for doing certain things 
well" (Rom. 12:6 NLT). 
   For whom do you feel most compassion? God 
doesn't burden us equally. "The Lord looks from 
heaven; He sees all the sons of men  He fashions 
their hearts individually" (Ps. 33:13, 15). 
   [God] comforts us in all our troubles so 
that we can comfort others. When they are 
troubled, we will be able to give them the same 
comfort God has given us. (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT) 
   Gracious Father, I am deeply grateful 
that you took the initiative to reach out to me - 
even in my sin and selfishness - in order to 
bring me into your eternal kingdom, through the 
work of Christ. I cannot fathom such love! And 
yet, Father, I admit that too often I try to 
hoard your grace, putting up walls of protection 
that I might keep hurt out and blessing in. I 
confess I am like the clam that shuts itself up in 
its shell, afraid of threats from the outside. 
Lord, I recognize that you call me to unshell 
myself and to partner with you in your mission of 
love. Unshell me, Lord, so I, too, may reach out 
to a lonely, discouraged, and even hopeless 
world. In Jesus' name I pray, amen. [Max Lucado 
Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 



   What does the New Testament have to say 
about the believer's relationship with the Holy 
   First, it is a curious fact that after 
the book of Acts, the whole concept of being 
"filled with the Spirit" drops out of sight, except 
for one mention in Ephesians 5:18. In that 
passage, the grammar and word order indicate that 
Paul is talking about surrendering to the 
influence of the Spirit, not to the indwelling 
ministry of the Holy Spirit. While much confusion has 
stemmed from the refusal to deal with the 
implications of this simple biblical fact, there is no 
real cause for confusion. 
   The Holy Spirit arrived on the day of 
Pentecost, accompanied by extraordinary manifestations 
of His presence. These manifestations were sign 
oriented; not character oriented. In other words, the 
Bible doesn't say that after being filled with the 
Holy Spirit, those in the Upper Room went out 
with great patience, kindness, gentleness, and so 
on. Rather, it says they immediately began 
speaking in other tongues. That is how the 
unbelievers who heard them knew that something 
supernatural had taken place. 
   Initially, it appeared that the Spirit 
came to indwell only those gathered in the Upper 
Room (see Acts 2:3, 4). Soon, however, other 
believers also were filled with the Holy Spirit (see 
Acts 4:31; 9:17). Not everyone was filled at the 
same time; it took place in stages. But within a 
few years following the day of Pentecost, the 
Holy Spirit had swept through the world, filling 
all those who had put their faith in Christ. In 
fact, after Acts 13, we have no record of 
individuals being filled with or receiving the Holy 
Spirit, apart from salvation. 
   Today, the Holy Spirit indwells all 
believers in Christ. Paul wrote, "For by one Spirit we 
were all baptized into one body - whether Jews 
or. Greeks, whether slaves or free - and have 
all been made to drink into one Spirit" (1 Cor. 
12:13). The apostle John wrote, "By this we know 
that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has 
given us of His Spirit" (1 John 4:13). Christian 
believers everywhere are filled with the Spirit. 
   The presence of the Holy Spirit is a 
source of great assurance. In fact, "if anyone does 
not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His" 
(Rom. 8:9). We know we belong to Christ because 
His spirit dwells in us. [Life Principles SB By 
Charles Stanley re Acts 2:4] 


It had been seven long weeks of persevering 
prayer since Jesus had told the apostles to remain 
in Jerusalem until the Father sent the promised 
Holy Spirit. The uproar in the city concerning 
Jesus was increasing, and the pressures were 
mounting for Christ's followers - even their lives 
were in jeopardy. Yet they didn't frantically run 
around Jerusalem seeking help. They didn't start a 
new building program or hire a church growth 
consultant in an attempt to increase their numbers. 
Instead, they stayed continually in the upstairs room 
in unified, wholehearted, fervent prayer. It 
was the plan and purpose of God to pour out his 
Spirit, but the believers' prayers were the 
preparation for Pentecost. Through their prayers, God 
laid the tracks for the demonstration of the 
Spirit's power that was to come. Down through history 
we can see the same pattern being repeated: 
prayer is the preparation for every powerful 
movement of God's Spirit. [Praying Through The Bible 
By Fuller re Acts 2:1-2] 

   Prayer does not give you spiritual power. 
Prayer aligns your life with God so that He chooses 
to demonstrate His power through you. The 
purpose of prayer is not to convince God to change 
your circumstances but to prepare you to be 
involved in Gods activity.  
   The fervent prayer of the people at 
Pentecost did not induce the Holy Spirit to come upon 
them. Prayer brought them to a place where they 
were ready to participate in the mighty work God 
had already planned.  
   Jesus told His followers to remain in 
Jerusalem until the Spirit came upon them (Ac 
1:4"5). The disciples obeyed His command, waiting 
for Gods next directive. As they prayed, God 
adjusted their lives to what He intended to do next. 
As they prayed, a unity developed among them. 
For the first time the disciples used Scripture 
as their guide in decision making (Ac 
1:15"26). The day of Pentecost arrived, and the city 
of Jerusalem filled with pilgrims from around 
the world. When God released His Holy Spirit 
upon the disciples, He had already filled the 
city with messengers who would carry the Gospel 
to every nation. Prayer had prepared the 
disciples for their obedient response.  
   Prayer is designed to adjust you to 
Gods will, not to adjust God to your will. If God 
has not responded to what you are praying, you 
may need to adjust your praying to align with 
Gods agenda. Rather than focusing on what you 
would like to see happen, realize that God may be 
more concerned with what He wants to see happen 
in you. [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry 
and Richard Blackaby re Acts 2:1] 


Luke 2 describes the birth of the Lord's 
physical body and Acts 2 the birth of His spiritual 
body.  The Spirit also filled the believers and 
empowered them for witness. He gave Peter insight into 
the Word and the ability to show men Christ in 
the Word. The Spirit used the witness of the 
church to convict the lost, just as Jesus said He 
would do (16:7-10).... They worshiped daily and 
witnessed daily, and "the Lord added to the church 
daily" (v. 47). Is your experience with the Lord a 
daily one? [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by 
Warren Wiersbe] 


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If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred