And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.…
I. IN THE OCCURRENCES OF THE DAY OF PENTECOST WE DISCOVER EVIDENCE OF A SPECIAL DIVINE INFLUENCE. This idea is too prevalent, that the agency of the Supreme is only of a general character — that the repentance and salvation of sinners are brought about, independently of any direct agency on the part of God. They spake with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Most convincing evidence of a special Divine influence is found also in the effects produced upon the day of Pentecost.
II. THE OCCURRENCES OF THE DAY OF PENTECOST CONFIRMED THE DIVINE MISSION OF JESUS AND THE TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY. Whilst on earth the Lord Jesus gave abundant evidence that He was from God. Jesus encouraged His disciples to expect that they would be endued with special power from on high.
III. THE OCCURRENCES OF THE DAY OF PENTECOST EXHIBIT THE FOLLY OF OPPOSITION TO THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST. The day of Pentecost assures us that Jehovah regards the kingdom of His Son with supreme affection, and that all His perfections are engaged for its defence and enlargement.
IV. THE OCCURRENCES OF THE DAY OF PENTECOST EXHIBIT THE GRAND MEANS OF ADVANCING THE CAUSE OF CHRIST AND SAVING SINNERS.
V. THE OCCURRENCES OF THE DAY OF PENTECOST EXHIBIT THE CHRISTIAN MINISTER'S GRAND SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT.
VI. THE OCCURRENCES OF THAT DAY EXHIBIT THE REALITY AND IMPORTANCE OF REVIVALS OF RELIGION. By a revival of religion we understand an uncommon and general interest in the subject of salvation, produced by the Holy Spirit, through the instrumentality of Divine truth. Such, substantially, was the revival on the day of Pentecost. Do you say that the excitement, denominated a revival of religion, occurs in connection with the special efforts of Christians? We answer, that the excitement on the day of Pentecost occurred in a similar connection. Do you say that the Divine influence to which we allude, as to the mode of its operation, is enveloped in the darkness of mystery? So it was on the day of Pentecost. Do you say there is enthusiasm connected with the excitement denominated a revival of religion? Fanaticism there may have been. But does such a fact prove the entire absence of genuine religion? Does it prove that no revival is a sober, rational work? Do you say that in a time of general excitement there will be instances of gross imposition on the Church? So it was in the Pentecost revival, when, in awful warning to hypocrites, Ananias and Sapphira fell down dead. Do you say that the excitement denominated a revival of religion, is often succeeded by instances of apostacy? We answer, that apostacies have likewise occurred under other circumstances. The occurrences of the day of Pentecost exhibit, likewise, the importance of revivals of religion. In a single day it gave to the Christian Church a weight of influence more than a hundredfold greater than it had previously possessed. It is important to individual happiness and to the community at large.
Parallel VersesKJV: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.