Thursday, 25th February, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions" (Joel 2:28)
The Bible says “...no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:3). No one can confess the Lordship of Jesus or decide to serve God, except drawn by the Holy Spirit. When the Bible says the word of salvation is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart (Romans 10:8), it’s the Holy Spirit that puts that word in your heart. Right from when someone professes the Lordship of Jesus for salvation, it’s the Holy Spirit already working in his or her life.
God, knowing that everyone needs the Holy Spirit to believe the Gospel, said in our theme verse, “…I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy….” Note the underlined phrase, “all flesh.” In fact, the Complete Jewish Bible clarifies it. It says, “After this, I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters will prophesy…” (Joel 3:1 CJB). So, the “all flesh” in the KJV actually means “all humanity.”
The Spirit has been poured out on ALL HUMANITY; this is the reason anyone today can hear and receive the Gospel. In Acts 2, the Bible says a large crowd of Jews came from different nations of the world to celebrate Pentecost (Read Acts 2:9-12). As Peter ministered the Gospel to them, three thousand of them gave their hearts to Christ.
The next time Peter ministered, it was five thousand souls that got converted (Acts 4:4). Before long, there was a multitude of believers in Jerusalem! Why? The Holy Ghost had been poured out on all men, as promised in Joel 2:28. Glory to God!
This is why we preach the Gospel, because we know everyone has the capacity to accept the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is all over the world, working, convicting the world of sin and drawing men to righteousness. Praise God!
"I’m a partner with God in changing the world; His partner in soul winning. What an honour it is to preach the Gospel to all men upon whom the Holy Ghost has been poured out! The hearts of men and women around the world are made ready to receive the Gospel today; it’s reaching all nations and every creature, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
Mark 16:15-16; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 9:16
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 7:1-23 & Leviticus 26-27
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Matthew 17:22-27 & Exodus 6