Live by the Spirit – The Spirit Foretold by Joel
The prophet Joel foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit, along with the astronomical signs that accompanied the crucifixion.
After this I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out my Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days. I will display wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood, fire, and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!
Pastor John’s Notes:
This is the passage that Peter quoted on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon all the believers. Because Jesus gave his life on the cross for all humanity, everyone who turns to him will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The astronomical signs spoken of in this passage refer to the events of the crucifixion. The only requirement on our part is that we call on the name of the Lord, that is, to recognize that Jesus Christ is the Lord and call to him for our salvation.
Lord, thank you for the promise that anyone who acknowledges you as Lord will be saved, and all who turn to you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Teach me to live by the Spirit and enter into the new life you have prepared for me.