In today’s Bible reading* we see a prophecy concerning the Holy Spirit fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2. On that day when the Holy Spirit indwelt Jesus’ Disciples, Peter stood up and quoted part of Joel 2.
Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, “Fellow Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and pay attention to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it’s only nine in the morning. On the contrary, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel.“
(Acts 2:14–16, CSB)
He then goes on to quote Joel’s prophecy:
After this I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out my Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days. …
Then everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.
Joel 2:28–29, 32 (CSB)
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter tells the people assembled in Jerusalem that Joel’s prophecy was being fulfilled right in front of their eyes. God’s Holy Spirit had been poured out into ordinary people, not just special ordained people.
Years before, the Holy Spirit would come upon special people like Samuel, David, Samsom, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, or any of the other Old Testament prophets. But Joel said that the Holy Spirit would come to live in ordinary people. People like you and me!
No longer would God’s people be dependent on prophets to hear God and declare God’s Words. Now ordinary people would be able to hear God’s Voice for themselves because the Holy Spirit would be able to speak to them in their own hearts.
No longer would God’s people have to fear being abandoned by the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 51:11) Instead, the Spirit would be sent as a down payment for their ultimate redemption. (2 Corinthians 1:22) Now God’s people would have the motivation — and power — to live holy lives and tell people about the Gospel message! (Ezekiel 36:26–27, Acts 1:8)
If you are a Believer, God’s Spirit lives in you, too! You don’t have to go to a priest or prophet to hear God’s Word. You can read God’s Word and the Holy Spirit can use that Word to speak to you and apply God’s Word to your heart!
God’s Spirit lives in you and has given you spiritual gifts to build the church. You have something to contribute! You are needed by people in your church! And without you, they will miss out on what God wants to give the church through you.
Are you aware of what spiritual gift(s) God has sovereignly given to you? Look at how you have already served in your church. That’s normally a good indication of which gift(s) you have. Ask your friends at church what they think your gift(s) is/are. Ask your pastor.
Look over Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4 for discussions of some of the gifts. Ask God to show you which gift(s) He has given you and how He wants you to use your gift(s) to build up His body in your local church fellowship. And then listen. Because the Holy Spirit lives in you, you will be able to hear His voice.
Spend a few minutes today thanking God for giving you His Spirit to live in you. Thank Him for giving you at least one spiritual gift. And spend time listening to what God says as the Holy Spirit applies God’s written Word to your heart.
* Chapters covered in today’s reading: