Biblical History of Pentecost Shortly after Jesus Christ was killed and had risen alive again, He instructed His followers to wait in Jerusalem for an act from God (Luke 24:49) that would change the future of all mankind.
On the day of the Jewish celebration of Pentecost these followers were gathered together when...
“...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 2:2-4; English Standard Version)
These followers of Jesus had been born again of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had foretold (Please refer to John 3:1-8; Acts 1:8).
Who are the Pentecostals Today? We call ourselves Pentecostals in honor of the day when Christ’s original followers were first filled with the Holy Spirit because we have also been given this same born again experience of being filled with God’s Holy Spirit. We firmly believe the word of God that says all men, women, and children are offered this very same life changing experience – that means you too! (Acts 2:38-39)
Jesus Talked About Being Filled with the Holy Spirit The Apostle John wrote:
"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) " (John 7:37-39; KJV)
Should I be Baptized?
What does the bible say about water baptism?
On the day of Pentecost Peter preached...
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39 KJV)
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. "(Mark 16:16 KJV)
The apostle Paul baptized...
And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. (Acts 19:1-7 KJV)
Why be baptized?
The short answer is because after Jesus rose from the dead he gave instructions to His followers saying, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them…” (Matthew 28:19; KJV). By this we understand that it is important to Jesus that we teach people to get baptized. Christians simply do what Jesus instructs us to do.
To shed some light on why it is important, the Apostle Paul baptized (Acts 19:1-7) and gave us some insight into the meaning in Romans 6:3-7:
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Here is a legacy illustration of some of what Paul was saying: