The Power Of Pentecost -- By: A. W. Lewis

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 087:347 (Jul 1930)
Article: The Power Of Pentecost
Author: A. W. Lewis

The Power Of Pentecost

A. W. Lewis

The Churches of Christ this year are celebrating the Nineteen Hundredth Anniversary of Pentecost. For nineteen centuries Christians have been praying, “Thy Kingdom come.” “Qui bono?” How far has it come? What is lacking in the operative force? Let the six hundred million that name the name of Christ pass in review. What does our Commander say of this great army? Distinctly His voice is heard in the vast silences, “If I had that army, I would conquer the world in one generation. Endued with my power victory would sweep over the whole earth, as the light of day goes before the sun.” The need is the power of Pentecost.

When Christ gave to His disciples the Divine Commission, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature,” His promise of the Spirit was the seal of His hand. “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you” (Acts 1:8). That was Pentecost.

What does that promise mean for us? Was Pentecost merely an event of ancient history? Was it only an isolated fact in the early Christian Church? Does it do more to-day than furnish a name for a Church ceremony, fifty days after Easter? Or was it not really the day on which Christ rose as the Sun of Righteousness and Love upon a dark world? Was it not the full gift of God, which dawned on the Resurrection morning? It was the birthday of Christ’s Spirit on earth. He was born into the Kingdom of Humanity on Pentecost.

Pentecost was not a mere day. That day of the tongues of fire was the beginning of the unending day of which the prophet spoke. “I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh” (Joel 2:28). And never has there been a natural day since then when man might not have had the fulness of Pentecost. This Nineteen Hundredth Anniversary should emphasize this great, vital truth, first and last. This is the alpha and omega of the Christian Religion.

What gave Peter his power on the first day of Pentecost to enlist the three thousand souls? It was not the sermon. If it had been preached a week sooner, it would have been powerless. His election of the Twelfth Apostle in the place of Judas was abortive. It was still born. He disobeyed Christ, Who told them to wait, to do nothing until the day came. Paul was the elect of God to become the Twelfth Apostle. That was in the fulness of time. Peter’s sermon was in the fulness of time. The result was the birth of the Spirit’s power. This was the beginning of the Power of Pentecost.

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