We have inherited patterns and tendencies to live “an empty way of life.” (Like crying over spilt milk or kicking the flat tire.) But we were redeemed from this way of life by the precious blood of Christ.
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Out of a heart inspired with the glorious hope set before the consecrated saints of the Gospel dispensation flows the impassioned and eloquent greeting of the Apostle Peter to others of like precious faith. To “the elect according to the foreknowledge of God, and every line of his epistle, even the words of greeting, are full of instruction.
Why did the sound come suddenly? Why did the wind represent the Holy Spirit? Like the wind, the Holy Spirit is a powerful, invisible force. Since wind normally increases gradually, the suddenness had the psychological effect of showing that the sound was not a natural occurrence. Also, the suddenness of the sound would have startled the apostles and the others into attention. Having been in “one accord,” they may even have been praying, but whatever they were doing, they would have stopped and hearkened (Acts 1:14).
The sound of a violent wind (but not the wind itself) “filled all the house” like a powerful presence. The “sound … of a rushing mighty wind” means a continuing roar, not one blast. All in the room received the Holy Spirit and a tongue of fire. This incident marked the introduction of the Holy Spirit in the sense of doing extraordinary things in a marked, miraculous fashion in the early Church.