An Explosive Spirit

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1–4 ESV).

The story of the Church is astonishing and intense. In this scene from Acts 2, the Spirit explodes onto the disciples. The effect is so electric that observers thought the disciples were drunk. But they were drunk on God, not wine.

God is also at work here and now. By studying His Word we can see what He has done and what He will do. Pray that you will be given the eyes to see and the ears to hear how He is changing the human condition.

—Adapted from “Letter from the Editor: An Extreme God” by John D. Barry

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