The Spirit Of The Holy Spirit

891 WordsMar 23, 20164 Pages
Acts 2:2-21 shows a picture of the community that is filled by the Holy Spirit. The disciples gathered together in one place, and “all of them were fulfilled with the Holy Spirit” (v.4). The scene leaves some people amazed, confused and marveled (v.6-7). Even some thought that the people were drunk (v.13). While many people were perplexed by the work of the Holy Spirit, Peter validates this scene by reciting the prophecy of Joel (v.14-21). This text shows the new understanding of a community of believers with the work of Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? What a Spirit-filled community looks like? How does a Spirit-filled community differ? First of all, the writer of Acts uses the image of fire in v.3. This image reminds of the passage, “He [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Luke 3:16). According to Luke 3:16, the v. 3 can interpret that the writer announces starting of a new community as baptizing the group. After the disciples were baptized (After divided tongues, as of fire appeared among them), they were filled with Holy Spirit in v.4. The writer already mentioned the meaning of being filled with the Holy Spirit in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). That is, the meaning of being filled with the Holy Spirit is to be the witness of Jesus and receive power to deliver God’s

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