Summary: To establish that the 12 apostles alone received the baptism of the Holy Ghost with power on the first Pentecost after Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into the heavens. This lesson identifies the "subjects" of this baptism and its empowering on Pentecost.



1. Luke's Narrative of The Day of Pentecost

Introductory Remarks.

1. First, to avoid preaching again, the sermon entitled: "Ye Shall Receive Power.” I have removed point three of that lesson, which reviews Jesus' promise to the 11 apostles about the Holy Ghost baptism. Jesus taught them: "You shall receive power after which the Holy Ghost has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth,” Acts 1:8; Luke 24:49. This promise was unto the 12 apostles and not to any others. We must separate the “baptism of the Holy Ghost” from the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” which is given to all repentant baptized believers: “Into the name of the Lord Jesus,” Acts 2:38; Acts 19:1-7; and Acts 5:32.

2. Further, we will establish to the earnest seeker of truth that the promise of the Holy Spirit’s baptism was concerning the apostles of Jesus Christ. Luke wrote: “And being assembled with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith He, you have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence,” Acts 1:4-5. Notice Jesus’ promise: “you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence (from now).”

3. Next, we will consider the Lord’s promises of the Holy Ghost’s baptism to the apostles during His earthly ministry. This teaching took place while He was with them before His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into the heavens, Acts 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 12:1-4. This teaching was announced to them ten days before Pentecost when He instructed them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait there: "for the promise of the Father until they are endued with power from on high," Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5.

4. Finally, we will thoroughly analyze Luke’s narrative of the Holy Spirit’s advent into the world on the Day of Pentecost. He wrote: "And when the day of Pentecost fully came, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly, there came a sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, filling all (the entire) house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance," Acts 2:1-4. We will remove all the “hype, inflated, and exaggerated claims" surrounding this topic of discussion. We’ll do this by examining Luke’s chronological narrative surrounding the events on the Day of Pentecost. Many who hear or read this lesson will not agree with what we discover from Luke’s narrative of the events on Pentecost. However, I make no apologies for the truth of the word of God, Psalms 33:4. I only humbly ask that you consider the evidence that Luke will share in his report. May God provides us with a deeper understanding of His divine will in this lesson. We will move as quickly as possible through this lesson. With this brief introduction, let's get to it with our hearts and bibles opened, "unto the eyes with whom we have to do," Hebrews 4:12-13.



A. Pentecost, the feast day of the Jews. Someone might be asking: “What is the significance of this day in the history of the New Testament church? What happened on this day makes it relevant for a study like this? Why is it important to identify the fulfillment of this day's prophecies and promises? These are all fair questions, and each deserves a bible answer. For several reasons, the "first day of the week" is vital to us in the Christian faith. Observe,

1. The first Pentecost after the resurrection and ascension of Christ was: “on the first day of the week,” Acts 2:1-4. I will speak briefly about this day only because so much has been written by our brethren and secular writers: that little could be said by me to emphasize its relevance than what has already been mentioned. However,

a. The word Pentecost means "fifty or, the fiftieth day after the Passover, Exodus 23:14-17; Leviticus 23:15-16. The Passover was one of the three days that all Jewish men were required to return to Jerusalem for certain feasts.

b. The Day is also called the "feast of the weeks " because of the seven-week intervals between it and the Passover. The Jews offered unto God; on this day, the "first fruits of their harvest." This feast was a kind of "Thanksgiving Day." A feast of thanks to God for the bountiful crops they harvested from their fields.

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Ron Freeman, Evangelist

commented on Jun 20, 2022

What God requires of us is integrity. To speak His word faithfully and without compromise. When we cannot speak His word in truth, we are no longer the servants of the King. Some men preach: “because they have to say something.” The Lord’s servants preach: “because they have something to say.” This is one of those lessons! Luke’s chronology narrative of the events on Pentecost eliminates the hype, inflated, and exaggerated claims, about who received the “Holy Ghost’s baptism with power” on the day of Pentecost.

Ron Freeman, Evangelist

commented on Jun 20, 2022

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Ron Freeman, Evangelist

commented on Aug 5, 2022

I am pleasantly pleased that no critics have spoken against Luke’s chronological narrative of the events that occurred on the Day of Pentecost. This could only mean they find no fault with his conclusion. I thank you for your faith in the word of God. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions. Ron Freeman, Evangelist.

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