09 The First Fruits of God's Harvest - Dr Jeanette Pinto

posted May 17, 2018, 8:51 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 17, 2018, 8:52 AM ]
The season of spring brings in the first yearly fruits of the harvest. 'First fruits' are commonly referred to as the agricultural products which mature and ripen. Have you observed that throughout the Bible God uses the analogy of the harvest? Pentecost comes from a Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot. At Pentecost, we see the first fruits to illustrate aspects of God's plan of salvation. Pentecost serves as a reminder that God grants His Holy Spirit to the first fruits of His spiritual harvest. He is harvesting people for Eternal life in His Kingdom.

The Feast of Pentecost is an annual reminder that God poured out His Holy Spirit to establish His Church on earth. The motley group of frightened believers was fired with the Spirit to open their mouths and boldly speak in various languages. The Apostle Peter was an ardent impulsive, unbalanced and cowardly person at this point in his life. All of a sudden, like magic, he is transformed into a fiery orator. He is consumed with heroic eloquence stirring people's hearts, profoundly exposing the truth. The unlettered fisherman now begins speaking like a learned professor of Theology. He talks of the mysteries of God, the Divine purpose in Creation and shows how prophecy is fulfilled. His preaching bore fruit, and added 3,000 people to his Church in one day.

Humankind the world over has a grave heart problem. Becoming godly in our thoughts, attitudes or actions is beyond the comprehension and ability of men and women, without this special ingredient, namely 'God's Spirit.' The essence of God's law is LOVE. God's gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost made it possible for the Church to fully express God's commandments of love.

The coming of the Holy Spirit dramatically changed the lives of the early Christians. The book of Acts is replete with accounts of the early Church's remarkable impact on the surrounding society. Such was the transformation that non-believers accused the Christians of 'turning the world upside down'. It all seemed bizarre—such was the dynamic miraculous power of the Holy Spirit.

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