The Perfect Storm

     Pentecost in the Church calendar is one of final significance as it is related to the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. The day of Pentecost is the culmination of what was waited for so that the Church would be empowered for its ministry throughout the world. In a perfect storm scenario, the attributes of Pentecost have three components, each one unique in its own right. An outpouring of God's Spirit like a mighty rushing violent wind, suggests the power of God and the strength of God's involvement and invincibility for the ages to come. Tongues of fire that rest upon each one present in the upper room that day bring a sense of personal involvement and intimacy to the believer. It is a theophany, a visible manifestation of the invisible God, evidence of a transcendent God of the universe now imminent, a personal advocate for each believer for the work of the ministry. And now concluding in the phenomena of speaking in tongues (languages) heard among every creed, race, and nation represented that day to show the Majesty of God in salvation for the age to come.

     The outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of empowering the church for its ministry throughout the world now establishes the Church in its beginning to be unstoppable and unconquerable. God's attributes -  His omniscience, His omnipresence, and His omnipotence - are truly a "perfect storm".

     For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is given for the empowering for ministry and for a deep intimate, passionate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jim LetiziaComment