Updated: Sep 10, 2022
Let us dive into this story in acts chapter 2.
Jesus had told His disciples not to leave the city until the Holy Spirit had come.
One, the Holy Spirit just showed up in a mighty wind and fill them up.
Divided tongues as of fire appeared and rested on each of them. Pause for a second.
The Holy Spirit shows up in a room of 120 people, and a tongue of fire rested upon each of them. What were those tongues of fire? Those were angels who came with the Holy Spirit.
This moment of History is commonly referred to as " Pentecost", notice that when they were first filled with the Holy Spirit, they started speaking in tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
This is but one sign of having been baptized by the Holy Spirit.
Witness the Power of God.
The people who were filled with the spirit were all Galileans and spoke Aramaic.
When we the violent wind blew, other people heard it, and when they came rushing, they were utterly amazed. They heard each of these Galileans speaking in their own languages.
Let me paint a picture for you, let's say a group of people walked into a Haitian church in a creole service. While the Spirit empowered them to speak in tongues, Spanish speakers, Russians, Americans, French, Chinese, and Japanese were all Hearing these Haitian people in their respective languages. ( nothing short of a miracle here). What were they saying? That's the question you had next right? They were all declaring the wonders of God.
This miracle has two aspects, one is that the spirit enable the Galileans, and the second unspoken aspect is that the spirit opened the witnesses' ears. ( you did not see that coming huh!) How did I come to this conclusion? Is that the next thought forming in your brain right now? The answer is found in acts 2:12-13.
Some were amazed by this mighty sign, others mocked them and said they were drunk.
They were all together, the Spirit enabled some to hear and others not. I don't know about you, but that is true power.
I recommend you read this in your own time. This text is truly fascinating.