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This post is old… It's probably been exported and imported from at least three different blogging platforms over the year. That probably means that there are broken images and links. If the post is technical in nature, any adivce is out of date and irrelevant. Or more likely, it was the wafflings of bored-past me with too much time on his hands. If it is the latter I would probably cringe if I re-read it. But it's here because it's part of my past, not my present.
Yesterday I started talking about Pentecost, and I didn't really go into a huge amount of detail. I wanted to talk about it a little bit more about it today, not really going deep into the Bible, however touching on some of the topics.
The big point of the message of Pentecost is the gift of the Holy Spirit onto the newly created church (or the church being created as a result of the Holy Spirit). Before the Holy Spirit came God had placed reminders of Himself all around His people, the temple, the ark of the covenant, the tent of meeting (the tabernacle), people like Moses, a pillar of cloud and fire, etc, the list goes on... Yet even with the reminders that God had placed around the people they still managed to ignore Him quite regularly.
The Holy Spirit isn't a pillar of fire version two, nor was it something that God created as a backup plan, the Spirit is part of the trinity of God, and as such has always been, it is first mentioned in Genesis chapter one, verse two:
"Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."