Message 22 - By Jerry D. Green


The church was born on the first Pentecost (50 days) after the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. What a grand day that was for a lost and dying world; for on that day, having been bought and paid for in full by the offering of the sacrificial Lamb of God, all the prophetic promises of God down through the ages concerning the new covenant were fulfilled. All the promises made by the mouth of His servants the prophets, including the new creation prophesied by Isaiah, the new law prophesied by Jeremiah, the new spirit prophesied by Ezekiel, and the pouring out of His Spirit, spoken of by Joel and others were fulfilled (Joel 2:27-30). Yes, this was indeed a grand day, but as with many other things, with the passing of time, the truth of what happened on that day has been polluted or lost. so let’s take a quick look at some of those happenings (Acts 2:1 thru 4) and see what may have been lost.

First, lets discuss the fire. What was the significance of the “cloven tongues like as of fire” that sat upon each of them? I’ve heard many say, “We need the fire back in our churches.” In fact, what they are saying is, “We need the jump, the shout, the dance, the excitement, etc., that the flesh calls a good service.” That however was not at all what the fire was about. Although the fire was the fulfillment of the prophesy of John the Baptist that “…He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16), there was more significance to the fire than just that. The fire, down through the years before Christ, was always the result of God’s approval and acceptance of the sacrifice. Aaron presented the sacrifice for the congregation at the dedication of the first tabernacle and fire came out from before the LORD and consumed the sacrifice. Gideon brought his present (his sacrifice) and there rose up fire out of the rock and consumed it (Judges 6:18-21). David presented his offerings (sacrifices) after he had numbered the people and the LORD answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar and the plague was stayed (I Chronicles 21:26). Solomon offered his sacrifice at the dedication of the first temple and the fire came down from heaven and consumed it (II Chronicles 7:1). Elijah offered his sacrifice according to the commandment of the LORD when he challenged the prophets of Baal and the fire of the LORD fell and consumed all (I Kings 18:38). And though the scriptures do not say so, I strongly suspect that fire proceeded out from the altar and consumed Abel’s sacrifice. How else did they know which sacrifice that God had respect unto? Regardless of that, the significance of the fire was always God’s approval and acceptance of the sacrifice.

I Samuel 15:22 says that “…to obey (God) is better than (any) sacrifice…” we could ever offer and that is exactly what the 120 had done that day, obeyed (Acts 5:32). They had received the commandment directly from Jesus to go and tarry (sit, stay, wait) in Jerusalem until they had received the promise of the Father. In spite of the persecution, the cares of this life, and all other hindrances, they had obeyed the Lord. Because of their faith and obedience, that perfect, sinless sacrifice, Jesus Christ, approved and accepted of God, was accounted unto them. They had not brought animal sacrifices that day. The animal sacrifices that the law had demanded would never again be devoured by the fire of the LORD. This was God’s way of showing and telling the world from thenceforth forevermore what the acceptable sacrifice would be. Never again would fire from the LORD fall at the offering of any other sacrifice and anything less than the body and blood of Jesus Christ will never be accepted.

Secondly, “There came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” What was the significance of this wind? To really understand this scripture we must look up the word that was here translated wind, in the Greek. According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary the definition of this Greek word, #4157, is “respiration”(i.e., breath) or “a breeze.” It is translated both breath and wind in the KJV. However, in this particular verse, it should have been translated breath. The wrong translation of this word completely conceals the great truth of this scripture, for Genesis 2:7 says, “…God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Not only did that earthen vessel come to life and start breathing, but something much greater than that happened. Made in the image and likeness of God, man became an eternal, living soul. God never intended that man should die, and because of this, he will exist somewhere forever. However, because of the acceptable sacrifice of “…the Lamb (the Son) of God…, it can be in the presence of Almighty God; as a partaker of His glorious, abundant life. This is the promise of God to all who hear, believe, and submit themselves unto the glorious “gospel of Jesus Christ.” All unbelievers however, will have their part in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 21:8).

On that first evening after His resurrection when Jesus came and stood in the midst of His disciples, “…He breathed on them and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22), but they did not receive at that time. Fifty days later however, on the day of Pentecost, that saying was fulfilled. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4). That sound which came “…from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind…” was in fact the rushing mighty breath of God as He breathed the breath of life into His new born church. They were born (again) of the infallible, quickening, life of God himself. The life that is so much greater than the fallible soul, of that first man Adam (I Corinthians 15:45). “This… (was) …that, which was spoken by the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16-21).

Thirdly, what was the significance of the “…other tongues…? Surely it was a mighty sign to unbelievers, but the real significance of them that day was the fact that people who spoke one language by the anointing or overshadowing and in filling of the Holy Ghost, preached the gospel of the risen Messiah to people who spoke many different languages, including their own. They did this as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4; 2:9 and 2:14). Yet for all this, many did not hear (I Corinthians 14:21-22; Isaiah 28:11-12).

There was something even more important than the outward (physical) manifestations that the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) did that day. John 7:38-39 says, (Jesus speaking), “He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 4:14 and Revelation 22:1). (But [John speaking] this spoke He [Jesus] of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should [would] receive: for the Holy Ghost [or Holy Spirit] was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified [crucified and resurrected]).

The ultimate fulfilling of the promises of life to the church was and is the conversion which is by the “pouring out (overshadowing) of His (creative) Spirit” of life (Acts 2:17). For the scriptures say that we are justified by His blood, reconciled to God by His death, and being justified and reconciled, we are “…saved by His life…” (Romans 5:8-10). So how do we receive this life that saves us? This pure, holy, endless, sinless life which is identical in every way to the pure, holy, endless, sinless life of Jesus? We receive it the same way that Jesus did. We are born (again) of God the Father by the overshadowing of the pure, holy, endless, sinless, creative, “dunamis” power of the Spirit of God. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life *(Please see the note at the end of this message.).”  And Jesus says, “I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly,” (superior and beyond measure) John 10:10. And again, John 6:53-54, Jesus says, “Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whosoever eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” Romans 1:16 says, “…the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation (that is, being saved from death unto life) to every one that believes… (it; “…the gospel of Christ…”).” And again, John 1:12, “But as many as received Him (as the Christ), to them gave he power (the right, the authorization) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (His authority, His gospel).  Once again, what is God’s prescribed method for man to have the fullness of life? We must hear and believe the true gospel of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. We must partake of (place all of our faith in) the body and shed blood of His Son (the Lamb of God) which we do through faith in the true gospel of Him (not the sacraments). And we must have the authorization of His Son before we can receive that life which flows only from the Father Himself (by His Spirit, by the Holy Ghost). For “…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” ( John 14:6). “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy IN the Holy Ghost” (Romans 14:17). These things are what constitute the fullness of life, and their fullness is only in God Himself (in the Holy Ghost). Psalm 16:11 says of God, for “…in thy presence is fullness of joy….” This is the glorious life which God, by His Son Jesus Christ, has prepared for those who love Him (John 14:3; I Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 64:4).

The ultimate fulfillment of the promises of life (until the second return of Jesus when even our mortal bodies will put on immortality by that same Spirit of Life) are brought about by the “…rivers of living water… the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive…” (John 7:38-39; Revelation 22:17).  This life (of which we speak) is the end, the outcome, the result of truly believing the gospel of Christ. This overshadowing of the Holy Spirit is the end, the outcome, the result of believing in the Son of God (John 3:16).  And until He comes, this life which is by the overshadowing of the Spirit of Life is the ultimate effect, of eating His flesh and drinking His blood (John 6:53; John 7:37-39; Isaiah 55:1). Have you received the salvation which is by that heavenly LIFE which comes only from the creator of all things (Romans 5:10)? It would be a terrible thing to miss the most wonderful thing that God (by His Son Jesus Christ) could ever have prepared for a people; most especially considering the alternative.

In the early days of the past century, there was a great physically manifested outpouring of the Spirit of God. That is to say, there were TRUE signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts by the operation of the Spirit of God. People didn’t have to be convinced by the preachers that a miracle had taken place. This outpouring of the Spirit was unto a people that were preaching repentance from sin and sanctification by faith in the finished work of Calvary. The purity and power that was so evident in the lives of these people caused many to desire and seek the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) without the Godly sorrow for sin (true repentance), and ignorantly thinking that the receiving of the Holy Ghost would clean up their lives. That is, they believed that the Holy Ghost would do the work which only faith in the shed blood and broken body of Jesus Christ can do. In so doing, they laid themselves open to receive any and every false spirit that came along, for the Holy Spirit will never occupy an unclean vessel. The vessel must first be totally cleansed and purified by faith in the finished work of Calvary. This cleansing can take place the moment one hears and believes the true gospel of Jesus Christ from the heart. However, the “snow ball” effect of this erroneous thinking and teaching soon filled the churches with false spirits, in so much that today, we see much that is not true.

I do believe there will be one more great physically manifested outpouring of the Holy Spirit before the soon coming of Jesus, but it will be unto a people that are hungering and thirsting after the kingdom of God (Jesus Christ) and His righteousness with all their hearts (Matthew 6:33); a people that have been sanctified by faith in the finished work of Calvary, “…hating even the garment spotted by the flesh…” (sin, Jude 1:23); a people willing to suffer persecution for the sake of Jesus and the (true) gospel of Him (Mark 8:35,10:29-30; Philippians 1:29). For, “…as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit” (Galatians 4:29). Keep in mind that it is the kingdom of God and His righteousness which we seek, and that which is poured out of God’s Spirit upon those who love and seek the truth will be good, pure, and holy, for God is altogether good, pure, and holy. Therefore He can only give good gifts unto His children (Luke 11:9-13; James 1:17), most especially since in this case, God Himself is the gift.

The devil however, has a counterfeit for everything that is true and real. False spirits (strange fire) are very prevalent in the churches of today (Revelation 16:13-14). There are many spirits in the world but only one Spirit of Life (the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit). Only the love of the truth can assure that we receive the real Spirit of Truth and Life. God is both the gift and the giver of Life (John 4:10, 7:38-39). He is both the “…rewarder (and the reward) of them that diligently seek Him” (those who seek the truth, not work to please Him, Genesis 15:1; Hebrews 11:6). I urge you to join with me and many others who are earnestly seeking God for one more mighty in gathering of souls before the soon return of Jesus. To see this we must have another great outpouring of His Holy Spirit of Life. May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ richly bless and reward you is our prayer.

JDG Message 22 - The FULLNESS of LIFE



Red Letter editions of the New Testament traditionally treat the six verses of John 3:16 thru 21 as words spoken by Jesus.  However, these six verses seem to be speaking in the past tense (after the fact) as if John is showing the fulfillment of the two previous verses (verses 14 and 15).  We should know that there were no Red Letter New Testaments prior to the early twentieth century, and there were no punctuation marks in the Greek text to indicate quotations.  It was men of the era of the first Red Letter printings who decided which words were spoken by Jesus, and which were not.

Today, principally because of our Red Letter Bibles, most people take these six verses to be the words of Jesus.  Some however, believe them to be the words of John, confirming the fulfillment of the record God gave of His Son.  We agree with this assessment and have elected NOT to print those verses in red, but rather, to inform the reader of this departure from tradition and let you decide for yourself.  Either way you decide, they are still the words of God to man.  JDG






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