In the last post, I forewarned you to wear your shouting clothes when you read this blog post. You are just a few sentences away from what I call a “glory jee to Besus” moment. That wasn’t a typo. I’m just quoting the boy that got tongue-tied when he got excited in an old-fashioned Holy Spirit service.
Here is an interesting Bible fact. (Surely, this will impress you.) According to the concordance on my Laridian PocketBible, the word “all” appears 4,664 times in the King James Version (3,682 in the Old Testament and 982 in the New Testament) of the Bible. No matter the Hebrew or Greek word translated into our English “all”, in each and every case when this word is used, it literally means “each and every”. In other words, all means all. There aren’t any exceptions or exemptions.
Ready for the “glory jee to Besus” moment? Got your shouting clothes on? When God spoke through the prophet Joel and said “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh …” (Joel 2:28), He literally meant all/each and every/no exceptions flesh. When God spoke through Peter on the day of Pentecost and said “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off …” (Acts 2:39), He literally meant all/each and every/no exceptions flesh.
Glory jee to Besus, you and I are included in God’s all. He wants us to experience exactly what was poured out on the day of Pentecost and throughout the book of Acts!
Not convinced? Let me talk some Texan to you. I double-dog dare you to look in yur Bible at the previously mentioned scriptures to see if thar are asterisks and footnotes that exempt you by name from these promises. Typing Texan is a challenge. Spell check constantly tries to change my spelling. See if you can find wording that says “*This promise applies to every Christian except for (fill in your name)“. Again, talking Texan, partner, it just ain’t thar. Again, no typos. That’s how we talk in Texas. You … YOu … YOU … any way that it is typed, God’s promise is intended for the all/each and every/no exception flesh which includes you and me.
Now go ahead and let out a great big “glory jee to Besus” because we are included in God’s promise. God wants us to be filled with His Spirit!
I’ve reached my word count limit. I’ll pick it up again in the next blog and share why this baptism of the Holy Spirit is needed by all.