It may come as surprise to some Christians that the main purpose of the Day of Pentecost was not to make speaking in tongues available to believers. The experience was certainly part of the package, as is clearly seen in Acts chapter 2, but when Jesus taught his disciples about what was about to happen, only once did he mention speaking in a "new tongue" (Mark 16:17) and that was on the day of his Ascension. I speak in tongues, as do millions of Christians, and I encourage others to do so. But this experience is not the "be all and end all" of the Christian life.
Let's look again at what Jesus said about the coming Day of Pentecost and see if he reveals its purpose. "For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:5 ESV). The word "baptized" means to be covered wholly with a fluid, to be totally immersed in the subject, here with John it is water, and with spirit "not many days from now." In Luke's gospel he speaks of being "clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:49 ESV), completely covered with power. This is therefore stronger, more comprehensive than having the spirit for just a period of time for a particular task, as in the Old Testament. In John's gospel we learn that "the Spirit of truth... dwells with you and will be in you," that is, within the believer (John 14:17).
"Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12). It is difficult to believe this means greater in quality but certainly can mean greater in quantity. Instead of just a few people, thousands times thousands would be doing the same works as Jesus did. Read More