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112 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
Then an unprecedented and amazing spectacle happened.
It
was the welcoming display of the coming of God's HoLY SPIRIT to
fill His Church! And it has never been repeated!
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happened suddenly! "There carne a sound from heaven as
of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they
[the 120 disciplesj were sitting" (Acts 2:2). Wind can make a con–
siderable noise. God's Holy Spirit is compared, elsewhere, to
wind (John 3:8). Let it be noted that no such wind-sound is heard
in modern-day "pentecostal" meetings!
But the disciples not only
heard-
they
saw
this supernatural
display. "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of
fire, and it sat upon each of them" - each of the 120 (Acts 2:3).
And they, the 120, "were all filled with the Holy [Spiritj, and began
to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance"
(verse 4).
Word of this supernatural display spread rapidly, and then it
was that the many devout Jews from the many nations carne run–
ning in - "and they were confounded, because that every man
heard them [the 120] speak in his own language." Note it! Each
individual, in his own native language, heard
them
-
the 120 -
speaking in his own foreign language. And they
understood
clearly, in their own various languages, what the 120 were saying.
The miracle was in the HEARING, rather than the speaking!
Then Peter, chief apostle, for the first tjme inspired with
God's Holy Spirit, preached a heart-stirring sermon, showing that
Jesus was
both
Lord (King- Ruler) and Christ (Savior).
That same day God "ADDED unto them about three thousand
souls" who were baptized that same day (Acts 2:41).
And thus THE CHURCH OF Goo - the
same
Church that is
known today as the WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF ÜOD was born.
The
fine of succession
will be shown later by which the Worldwide
Church of God is positively identified as the continuation of THE
SAME CHURCH.
Now
WHY
the Church? lts Purpose
When Jesus Christ returns to earth in supernatural splendor,
power and glory, He is coming to His TEMPLE. But
where
is that
temple - when will it be built?