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A Brief History of Pentecost

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Pentecost is the birthday of the Christian Church, the day when God sent the Holy Spirit to fill and empower the Apostles and Jesus' other disciples all gathered together and waiting in that Upper Room in Jerusalem.

In Acts, chapter 1, we learn specifically what the resurrected Jesus had told his disciples concerning the coming Holy Spirit, all just before His ascension back to the Father in Heaven, where His work to provide us with salvation completed, He would then sit down at the Father's right hand.

The writer of the Acts of the Apostles (one of the New Testament books in the Holy Bible) explains what Jesus had said would happen and which later took place on Pentecost:

"In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, 'you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. [ . . . ] But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'"

-- (Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 1, verses 1-5 & 8 - ESV) --

Click on the link below to view a short video about Pentecost. In this 2-minute video, narrator Dave Stotts, a YouTuber unaffiliated with Maranatha Baptist Fellowship, explains Pentecost, focusing on a few other aspects of it. Check it out!


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