Happy belated Pentecost

Sunday was Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit 50 days after Easter and thus the birthday of the Church.  Something I learned from Sunday’s service:  The Holy Spirit was accompanied by miraculous language, which was not just words but powerful, life-changing words that all people could understand.  That is to say, the Holy Spirit manifested itself in the Word of God.  So every time we read the Bible, hear it preached, or otherwise experience  the faith-creating proclamation of the Gospel–all in our own language–the miracle of Pentecost continues.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • bunnycatch3r

    Happy Pentecost Everyone!
    Happy Pinse Enhver!
    Iedereen Happy Pinksteren!
    五旬節快樂大家!
    Happy Pinkster Almal!
    سعيد عيد العنصرة الجميع!
    Although Christians celebrate the miracle of Pentecost through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the rest of us there’s Google Translate. I fear, however, in time that this event may lose much of it’s significance or import. English is already the world’s second language and it may not be long before our great grand children look on this holiday with confusion~ “what do they mean by ‘other’ languages?”

  • bunnycatch3r

    Happy Pentecost Everyone!
    Happy Pinse Enhver!
    Iedereen Happy Pinksteren!
    五旬節快樂大家!
    Happy Pinkster Almal!
    سعيد عيد العنصرة الجميع!
    Although Christians celebrate the miracle of Pentecost through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the rest of us there’s Google Translate. I fear, however, in time that this event may lose much of it’s significance or import. English is already the world’s second language and it may not be long before our great grand children look on this holiday with confusion~ “what do they mean by ‘other’ languages?”

  • Tom Hering

    When Christ died, it was finished: God’s justice was satisfied, and God was reconciled to man. But men were not yet reconciled to God – their hearts were still hardened. The Holy Spirit had to come, and give men new hearts by means of His Word: convicting them of their sins (Law) and creating faith in them that their sins are forgiven on account of Christ (Gospel).

    Pentecost Sunday is the celebration of our heart transplants. :-)

  • Tom Hering

    When Christ died, it was finished: God’s justice was satisfied, and God was reconciled to man. But men were not yet reconciled to God – their hearts were still hardened. The Holy Spirit had to come, and give men new hearts by means of His Word: convicting them of their sins (Law) and creating faith in them that their sins are forgiven on account of Christ (Gospel).

    Pentecost Sunday is the celebration of our heart transplants. :-)

  • fws

    Amen Tom! well said.

    Desejos para um penticosto feliz! from brasil

  • fws

    Amen Tom! well said.

    Desejos para um penticosto feliz! from brasil


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