Acts 1:4. “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the Promise of the Father, which saith he, ye have heard of me”.
Acts 1:4 refers to the Holy Spirit as the “Promise of the Father”, a promise that was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 believers who were gathered in that upper room in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4). In Romans 8:23 the Apostle Paul mention the “first fruits of the Spirit” as the common possession of all believers.
Mosaic Law specified three annual feasts that all Jews were required to observe. The first of these was Passover, which commemorated Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt and therefore represents our salvation. Second was the Feast of Pentecost, followed later in the year by the Feast of Tabernacles (Exodus 23:16), which celebrated God presence among His people and symbolized the end-time harvest of SOULS that have been saved.
Pentecost the second of the annual feasts, was also known as the Feast of First fruits. In addition the celebrating of the beginning of the harvest, the Feast of Pentecost also fore-shadowed the coming of the Holy Spirit for the first time. Pentecost occurred fifty days after Passover (Resurrection Sunday). Just as Jesus Christ, the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), died on Passover, the Holy Spirit came fifty days later during Pentecost signifying the beginning of the great spiritual harvest of souls.
Every person is required to “appear” before God three times: in salvation , in the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and in the final in gathering of souls thus fulfilling the PURPOSE and MEANING of the three feasts: PASSOVER, PENTECOST, and TABERNACLES.
Three times in his letters Paul refers to the Holy Spirit as the “guarantee” or “down payment” of our full spiritual inheritance which shall be bestowed on us when we get to Heaven. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the manifestation of our citizenship in God’s Kingdom. The Holy Spirit identifies us as citizens of Heaven while here on earth.
I trust that you and yours are enjoying “Pentecost – the Promise of the Father”.
Because He Is – I Am