Pentecost refers to a celebration which occurs fifty days after Easter Day. It was so-named after a Jewish Holiday of the same name.
In the Christian dispensation Pentecost is the completion of the Resurrection, the third in the series beginning with the Lord's being raised from the dead, then His ascension into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, and finally the day of Pentecost which celebrates the sending of the Holy Spirit.
All three events are a gift of God to His creation. They are what we could not have except it were given, a gift offered by the Father, guaranteed to us only if we accept it – life eternal with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the time of our lives on earth we are offered the knowledge how, and the strength to experience the life here and now with God.
We are given power to follow God's plan, power from God which we call grace. It is channeled to us through the life, teachings and death-resurrection of Jesus. It is made available to us through the Ascension of Jesus which takes our human nature in His now perfect human nature joined with his Godhead to live with the Father and Holy Spirit. "When the advocate has come, whom I shall send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth that issues from the Father – He will bear witness to Me." (John 15:23).
The gift and presence with us of the Holy Spirit gives not only presence but guidance here and now. Jesus tells us we are no longer orphans but in Him children of the Father, and the things about Jesus which He Himself told us will be understood by us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. "(However) when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but will speak only what He is; and He will make known to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take what is mine and make it known to you. All that the Father has is mine and that is why I said 'He will take what is mine and make it known to you.'" (John 16:13&14).
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are all consistent with the life and understanding within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church – the people of God, the Redeemed in Christ. The gifts are given to be understood and used. The gifts are not given regularly apart from the Church, the mystical body of Christ. The gifts result, if and when given through the life of one individual, in the greater understanding of and devotion to our Savior. In all things God is given all praise and honor. Blessed be He. Amen.
- Fr. Gordon