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Word For The Week

"In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people"

(Acts 2v17)

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up to preach to the confused crowd.  It's clear from what he said that he interpretted the events of that day through the lens of the scriptures, and he understood those extraordinary events to be the fulfilment of God's ancient promise.  Throughout the Old Testament, people are occasionally anointed or filled with God's Spirit, but it is a relatively rare occurance.  God's promise was that under the new covenant all people everywhere would be able to receive the gift of the Spirit and to know God's empowering presence in their lives.  The pouring out of the Spirit marks the beginning of the last days: the era of salvation in which "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Acts 2v21).

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