“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” Acts [2:17]
Peter explains that what’s taken place during Pentecost is the outpouring of God’s Spirit, as prophesied about by Joel. The mockers claimed that the Apostles had poured drinks and been filled with alcohol. Peter counters that God has poured out His Spirit, filling His people with Himself.
And within Joel’s prophecy there’s a special emphasis on the indiscriminate nature of the Spirit’s outpouring. The Spirit is not confined to either gender (“your sons and daughters shall prophesy”) nor age (“your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams”) nor social class (“even on my male servants and female servants…I will pour out my Spirit”). Under the old covenant, the Spirit was given at specific times to specific people, and even then for only a limited amount of time. But in the new covenant, a covenant described by the author of Hebrews as a “better covenant”, the Spirit of God is poured out on all who trust in Christ. Let’s enjoy this better covenant and live by the Spirit, and let’s not hesitate to call on any and all to receive the Spirit through faith in Christ.
Heavenly Father, All praise to You for establishing this new age of the Spirit, whereby all of Your children are filled with Your very presence. Help us to walk in the Spirit and be empowered by Him. Amen.
For Further Reading
2 Corinthians 3