Acts 10:44 (ESV)
“While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.”
Has the Holy Spirit fallen upon you?
Some have called the event referenced in today’s verse, “The Gentile Pentecost.” This is not to be confused with the original Pentecost recorded in Acts 2. The Gentile Pentecost comes after Acts 2’s miraculous event, in which “divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them,” and is called this because “the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word.” In the recording of Act 2, the author makes sure to describe the gathering as “Jews and proselytes.” By Acts 10 the Holy Spirit is given to “all,” or everybody else, or as we have come to be called, Gentiles. Now I’ll emphasize the giving aspect of the event. The Holy Spirit is a gift. It is a gift we did nothing to earn it, to deserve it, to expect it. We cannot install the Holy Spirit, but we can put ourselves in the best attitude to receive the Spirit: engage with the Bible. It is fascinating to me that the scriptural text can bring about our awareness of the one and only Holy Spirit among us, within us. Taking note of the stark contrast between the black ink and the Holy Spirit, both are strongly connected. The Scripture leads us to the Spirit life.
“The gift of the Spirit is the most personal act of the Godhead. It is the gift of Himself to us.” Andrew Murray, from Experiencing the Holy Spirit