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Acts 1:4-5 was the text of the sermon.  In it the resurrected Jesus is telling the apostles to remain in Jerusalem until they receive the promise of the Father which is the Holy Spirit.  It was shortly after this that Jesus ascended to heaven.  The apostles went to Jerusalem (they were at Mount Olivet) and remained there until Pentecost.  In Acts 2:2-4 is the account of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

What is known about the Holy Spirit?  First of all, the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19).  If it wasn’t so, Jesus would have told us.  He says as much in John 14:2 when he is talking about man’s eternal destination.  Jesus made it plain while here on this earth that he was telling us the truth.  He is truth (John 14:6).

Second, the Holy Spirit is the gift of Christ (John 7:39 and 16:7).  The Holy Spirit is for those who believe on Jesus Christ.  In John 16:7 Jesus tells his disciples that he has to go for the Comforter to come.  In verses 8-14 it is spelled out what the impact of the Holy Spirit will be on believers and nonbelievers alike.

The Holy Spirit calls ministers (Acts 13:2 and 20:28), tells them what to preach (I Corinthians 2:13), and sends them to preach (Acts 10:19-20).  It is the Holy Spirit that stirs in man the knowledge that Jesus is the Lord (I Corinthians 12:3).

In Acts 2:2-4 the Holy Spirit comes on the group in a big way.  Remember, though, that he has also taken the form of a dove.  The Holy Spirit knows the needs of each individual and stirs the heart in a special way for each one who hears the word and wants to believe.

Sweden Church gladly gives away copies of the sermons on CD.  Call (4l7)543-6219 to get a copy.  Live like Jesus came yesterday, died today, and is coming back tomorrow.

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