Prophecy of the
Outpouring of
the Spirit
Two most important questions of
Biblical exegesis
• “What did the words mean to
those to whom they were first
• “What do they mean to us?”
Applying the
Message about
the Outpouring of
the Spirit Today
Outpouring of the
Possible answers
• Pentecostalism says “Expect a miracle!”
Problems with this view
• “Revelations” are of dubious value and
often contradict the NT
• “Signs” are not authentic miracles
• Ignores the external historical evidence
that spiritual gifts came to an end
Possible answers
• Pentecostalism says “Expect a miracle!”
• Denominationalism says, “Let the Spirit
guide you”.
Problems with this view
• There is no manifest miraculous confirmation of
the truth and no way to determine who is being
guided by the Spirit and who is not
• Even those who claim to be guided in
understanding by the Spirit do not agree on the
most fundamental questions
• The “charismatic movement” crosses over all
denominational lines; yet brings no clarity to the
religious confusion of denominationalism! Why
is that?
Possible answers
• Pentecostalism says “Expect a miracle!”
• Denominationalism says, “Let the Spirit
guide you”.
• Some brethren say Christians “receive the
Spirit” in a non-miraculous way”.
– Personal “indwelling” of the Spirit
– Representative “indwelling” of the Spirit`
Problems with this view
• Granting this assumption leads to classification
of Biblical texts into miraculous and nonmiraculous or charismatic vs. non-charismatic
• It separates the statements about the Spirit’s
indwelling in the epistles from the background
experience of those same churches described in
the book of Acts
• Why is it necessary to have the Holy Spirit
merely dwelling in a Christian’s body if He does
nothing while there and there is no real evidence
of substance that He is present?
Applying the NT Teaching on the
Outpouring of the Spirit
1. Acknowledge the manifest miraculous
nature of the outpouring of the Spirit
• The Scriptures refer to the miraculous
work of the Spirit in new disciples with
consistent terminology.
• In many of the texts where this language is
used there are contextual indicators to
show us that the writer is thinking of the
miraculous gifts of the Spirit.
2. Understand that this outpouring
• In 1 Cor. 12-14 Paul gives commands that
regulate spiritual gifts.
• We can apply the principle, but not the
specific command.
3. Acknowledge that what the Spirit
accomplished through NT revelation
and confirmation can still have an affect
in the present
NT Spirit-powered miracles can
produce faith now.
• Through Spirit-powered miracles unbelievers
were made to believe in the validity of the gospel
through the miracles performed (Ac. 5:12).
• Many other signs therefore Jesus also
performed in the presence of the disciples,
which are not written in this book; but these have
been written that you may believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing
you may have life in His name. (John 20:30-31)
NT Spirit-revealed sermons can
convict sinners & tell them how to be
saved now.
• When the apostles were filled with the Spirit they
spoke messages that convinced the sinner that
he needed to repent and to believe in Jesus
Christ! (Ac. 2:37-38)
• We separate out of the cases of conversion the
miraculous elements and look for those timeless
NT Spirit-revealed truth can lead 21st
century disciples now.
• The early church received their guidance directly
and by miracle through prophets and tonguespeakers.
• We read the Spirit’s message recorded in the
4. Acknowledge that reading about the
miraculous work of the Spirit in the NT
is not a disadvantage to experiencing it
personally nor is it an affirmation that
the Spirit no longer works
A message from a truthful messenger
is just as beneficial as an eye-witness
• Jesus *said to him, “Because you have seen Me,
have you believed? Blessed are they who did
not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:29)
• and though you have not seen Him, you love
Him, and though you do not see Him now, but
believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy
inexpressible and full of glory, (1 Peter 1:8)
The testimony of miracles can
convince people with a right attitude;
but even seeing miracles cannot
convince people with a wrong
• “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to
Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be
persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”
(Luke 16:31)
The Spirit’s revelation is as living and
active now as it was in the first
• For the word of God is living and active and
sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing
as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both
joints and marrow, and able to judge the
thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews
The wonderful blessings of the
Spirit’s coming and work are
available to us through the Spiritrevealed and Spirit-confirmed
message but we cannot “receive the
Spirit” as described in Scripture.

Joel’s Remarkable Prophecy of the Holy Spirit, #8