“PENTECOST WAS A RECOGNITION AND A PROOF OF ALL CHRIST CAME TO BE, AND ALL HE TAUGHT, AND ALL HE DID.
All the spiritual value of that comes by Pentecost into its full vindication.
His (Jesus) claim to sovereignty is established by the moral and spiritual results of the Holy Spirit coming into the life of a child of God and transforming it, by causing it to know in experience (not by intellectual argument) the life of His sovereign triumph, that inward reigning in life by Christ Jesus. All that the Lord Jesus taught and did is vindicated by the Holy Spirit inworking into the life of the believer the victory of that resurrection life of the Lord Jesus.
The Lord Jesus was vindicated by a mighty experience of the Holy Spirit! It is the spiritual and moral value of the Person, and the bringing of the fruits of that by the Holy Spirit into the life; it is the change the Holy Spirit makes in the moral life that is the vindication of the Lord Jesus. You cannot divorce moral responsibility and spiritual experience, there is no vindication thus, but chaos and contradiction. Pentecost is the climax to the Person, work, and teaching of the Lord Jesus in the days of His flesh, as it gives spiritual and moral value to those in whom He dwells; i.e., proved in experience by the Holy Spirit.
Why did the Holy Spirit come? To make experimental in the life, by the same Holy Spirit, all that Jesus is for the believer. This is the progressive and constructive work of the Holy Spirit, the transforming of men and women.” T Austin Sparks
My question for us today as we come upon Pentecost Sunday is, “Do we really understand that our Christian duty, if you will, is simple on an intellectual level? Certainly we are to grow in knowledge and our theology is vital, but a right understanding of scripture alone does not constitute abiding faith. We have such a tendency as people to make things more difficult than need be. We “major on the minors” while all along we miss the mark. “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3
Now I am not saying that the process is easy. But I am saying that the simplicity of Christ is this – man cannot save Himself, but while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. All of us who name the name of Christ certainly understand that as it pertains to our initial salvation, but what happens to the believer as he is filled with the Holy Spirit is that the reality of our salvation comes into a fuller fruition as we are transformed from the inside out and are enabled to overcome our own sin patterns and woundedness from this cruel world.
Each and every son and daughter of the King is given the glorious task of losing their own life and allowing Jesus to be enthroned upon their heart through the power of the Holy Spirit in such a way that we are truly being changed into the image of the Dear Son. This certainly is the Lord’s vindication. His excruciating sacrifice being brought into exquisite victory each and every time the Holy Spirit is given more access to the deep recesses of a human heart. Every time a believer gives himself up to the workings of the Holy Spirit in any area of His life, Jesus is glorified and vindicated for giving His life over as a ransom for many. With that in mind, can we not come to the altar this Pentecost Sunday to give our lives over in a deeper way to the work of the Holy Spirit? Can we not glorify the Spotless Lamb who broke the power of sin in our lives and ever lives to make intercession as we continue to give ourselves over to His saving grace?
My friend, do not make excuses for your fleshly ways. You only allow the devil to believe he has some sort of victory in your life when you do. Give it to Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to free you from the effects of this world. In that alone is the vindication that Jesus so unequivocally deserves.