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Turning on the Power

posted May 22, 2015, 6:16 AM by Church of the Risen Christ   [ updated May 22, 2015, 8:22 PM ]
24 May 2015 ( Pentecost Sunday )
Turning on the Power
Pentecost marks the beginning of a new phase in God's plan of salvation for man.
By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus had enabled his disciples to cast away their sense of helplessness and hopelessness due to sin, and gave them their new identity as children of God. But having completed his mission on earth and now being limited in his human body, it was time for Jesus to return to the Father and allow the Holy Spirit to take over the task of guiding God's people in the final leg to their heavenly destiny.

During Jesus' ministry he had explained to his disciples many things, some of which were too deep for their simple minds to understand. Now the Holy Spirit will open their hearts and minds to understand what he had taught them about God and the things of heaven.

The Holy Spirit will also dispense his gifts of Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom, Counsel, Piety, Fortitude and Fear of the Lord, which his disciples can use to enrich, encourage and build up the community of believers.