Readings: May 27, 2012 Pentecost

  Acts 2:1-11   1 Corinthians 12:3-13   John 15:26-27; 16:12-15   The Message

      Acts 2:1-11

          A Sound Like a Strong Wind

   When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

   There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?

   Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene; Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes; Even Cretans and Arabs! “They’re speaking our languages, describing God’s mighty works!”                                 © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

      1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13

          Spiritual Gifts

   No one could be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit.

   God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is:

   Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is

wonderful. All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

  You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts, but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each  were baptized into one Body. whether Jew or Greek, slave or free,  we were all given to drink of one Spirit.          © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

      John 15: 26-27; 16: 12-15

   “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me. You, too, from your side must give your confirming evidence, since you are in this with me from the start.”

   “I still have many things to tell you, but you can’t handle them now. But when the Friend comes, the Spirit of the Truth, he will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen and, indeed, out of all that I have done and said. He will honor me; he will take from me and deliver it to you. Everything the Father has is also mine. That is why I’ve said, ‘He takes from me and delivers to you.’                © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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