Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles––the Gospel being the story of Jesus and Acts being the story of the early church. It is unfortunate that the two books are separated in the New Testament by the Gospel of John, because placing Acts directly after Luke would help us to see how the Acts of the Apostles picks up where the Gospel of Luke leaves off. This is significant to the story of Pentecost, because the first Christian Pentecost is deeply rooted in the Gospel of Luke: · We might think of the first Christian Pentecost as beginning, not with the words, "Now when the day of Pentecost had come" (Acts 1:1), but with the words of the angel to Mary, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you" (Luke 1:35). The Spirit responsible for the birth of Jesus is also responsible for the birth of the church. The birth of the church in Acts 1-2 parallels the birth of Jesus in Luke 1-2. · The gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 fulfills the prophecy of John the Baptist in Luke's Gospel, "He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire" (Luke 3:16). · Jesus alluded to the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost when he told his disciples to "wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49). It also fulfills his promise that "you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now"(Acts 1:5). · The Spirit that fills the disciples (Acts 2:4) is the same Spirit that descended upon Jesus at his baptism (Luke 3:22). · Jesus began his ministry Spirit-filled (Luke 4:1), and so does the church (Acts 2:4, 38). · Jesus told the disciples not to worry about what they would say when brought before the authorities, because the Spirit would teach them (Luke 10: 11-12)––a prophecy that we see fulfilled in Acts (4:8; 5:29-32; 6:10; 7:1-55; 13:46-47; 16:35-39; 21:37 - 22:39; 23:6-10; 24:10-21; 25:1-12; 26:1-32; 28:23-30).
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