The Promise of Pentecost

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The Promise of Pentecost
"I am going to send you what my Father promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."
Luke 24:49(NIV)
Since the Old Testament, the Spirit of God was promised to come to the people of God. The prophet Joel wrote: "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." (Joel 2:28 NIV) Nine hundred years later, the Spirit of the living God was poured upon His church in an event named Pentecost. The purpose of the following research is to show the Pentecost as a major point in the life of the apostles, as well as the beginning of the church of Christ.
Fifty days after
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Practically every doctrine of Christian theology is included in this first sermon given at Pentecost."(34) What is Minister Ockenga talking about? The fisherman betrayer was preaching with great eloquence and authority? It seems like Peter had something different.
Arno Clemens says: "In his bold testimony Peter, the erstwhile denier of Christ, manifests the power of the Holy Spirit. His inspired testimony shows what witness the Holy Spirit will bear through the believer, when He is unhindered."(34) Clemens adds: "Peter preached the Word and through the Word he preached the Person, the Work and the Glory of Christ."(34)
The first message from Peter was a blast. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, professor of theology at the University of Helsinki, says: "…Pentecost is a dramatic work of the Spirit: Three thousand repent, and charismatic elements are visible."(31) Ockenga includes an interesting fact: "This sermon resulted in the conversion of 3,000 people, who continued in the apostles ' doctrine and in prayer. They were note temporary conversions."(35)
Another important issue that marked the life of the Apostles specially Peter 's, was that they were now able to do miracles like what they saw Jesus do. Minister Ockenga says: "In his position as an apostle, Peter had great power so that he performed miracles."(35) Acts 2:43 says: "Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostle. (NIV)" Minister Ockenga says:
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