Sermon

THE WONDERFUL WORKS OF GOD. (Exodus 19:16-25; Acts 2:1-21)

Introduction

In the two lessons of today, two great meetings take place.   God is using the meetings to remind us of the wonderful works to which He has called us. He emphasizes that only those who are sanctified  and filled with the Holy Spirit are worthy to answer the call.  

 1st Lesson (Ex. 19:16-25)

God instructs Moses to bring the children of Israel to meet Him at Mt. Sinai. Before the meeting, they were commanded to make a very important preparation. Sanctification of the people  (vv14-15); the Priests (v 22); and Mt. Sinai (v23).

Due to their obedience, they witnessed the physical manifestation of the glory and power of the God (vv17-20).

 2nd  Lesson (Acts 2)

Before the meeting in the 2nd lesson, Jesus promised that the disciples shall receive the baptism by the Holy Spirit         (Acts 1:4-5). They obeyed the instrution of Jesus to gather in Jerusalem. On the day of Pentecost, they received power.

They began to speak in diverse languages in order to preach the gospel to all tongues and nations (vv1-4).

CCC Hymn 303: Host of Angels rejoices with the Father.

The implication for Christians

Today we are holding the 3rd great meeting. The purpose is to remind us of our calling by God to cleanse the world. In order to cleanse the world succesfully, we must be sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification

Sanctification means to be set apart and reserved for God’s use and service. It connotes separation (Gen. 2:3); dedication (Ex. 13:12); and ministration (Ex.28:40-41).

No man can receive salvation except he is sactified and believes in the truth/word of God (2 Thes. 2:13-14).

Means of Sanctification

  1. By departing from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19-21).
  2. By the blood of Jesus (Heb. 13:12).
  3. By the Word of God (Eph.5:25-26).
  4. By faith in Jesus(Acts 26:18; Heb.11:1; 6; Rom. 10:17;Matt. 17:20).
  5. By the Holy Spirit

You are made minister of Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel of God so that unbelievers may be sactified by the Holy spirit (Rom. 15:16).

Work of the Holy Spirit

  1. To teach and bring all things to remembrance (Jn.14:26)
  2. To testify about Jesus (Jn. 15:26)
  3. To reprove the world of sin and righteousness and judgment (Jn. 16:8)
  4. To guide us to all truth (Jn. 16:13)
  5. To show us the things to come (Jn. 16:13)

Hymn 234: Oh brothers, oh sisters art thou with the Holy Spirit?

How to receive the Holy Spirit

  1. Repentance and baptism (Acts 2:38)
  2. Obeying the Word of God (Acts 5:32)
  3. Hearing the Word of God (Acts 10:44)
  4. Laying of hands (Acts 8:17-19)
  5. Prayer and fasting (Acts 8:15)

Finally

Let me conclude by reminding us that as we celebrate the Day of Pentecost, obedience and complete trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are the guarantees of salvation (Jn. 3:16-17). “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2: 21).