Manifestations of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost, 120 intercessors were filled with the Spirit and then experienced the manifestations of the Spirit, which included the sound of rushing wind, tongues of fire resting on each person who spoke in a language that they did not previously know, and appearing as drunk.

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house…3 There appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues…6 The multitude…were confused…7 They were all amazed and marveled…12 and perplexed…13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” 14 But Peter…said…15 “These are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.” (Acts 2:1-15)

Those who observed them had various responses. Some were amazed and perplexed and others mocked the Spirit’s work in them. We see the same responses to the activity of the Spirit today. Some see the manifestations as the work of the Spirit and others get angry or confused. Many are skeptical, seeing manifestations only as fleshly behavior. We recognize that some fleshly mixture, imitation, or exaggeration does not invalidate the genuine work of the Spirit in others.

Throughout both biblical and church history unusual manifestations have been reported. There is biblical and historical precedence. For more on this see my document at called The Manifestations of the Spirit in Church History. Most revivals have had physical and emotional manifestations of the Spirit. Manifestations caused by the Spirit’s presence have been documented throughout the history of revivals in virtually every part of the Body of Christ. There are thousands of testimonies from history that substantiate this as a historical fact.

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