Birth of the Church

by Mike Ratliff

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 (NASB) 

The Day of Pentecost just a few weeks after our Lord’s resurrection is marked in Church history as the day the Church was born. The Apostles obeyed our Lord’s commands that He gave them just before He returned to Heaven and were all gathered in a house in Jerusalem.  Carefully read the passage I placed at the top of this post. Where did the power for this miraculous event come from? Was it done according to the will and power of these Apostles? No, the Holy Spirit came with power upon these believers and nothing was the same. God the Holy Spirit gave these men the ability to preach the Gospel in languages of the people who had traveled from all parts of the known world to be in Jerusalem for this festival. This was indeed miraculous. (Acts 2:5-13) However, there were some who mocked as there always are when God’s truth is proclaimed and because of this Peter preached his first sermon. Continue reading