Acts 10:44-45 – While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God.
When someone asks you to, “pour this out”, do you think they mean just some of it? When you come back, do they want to find you’ve left some of the substance still in the container? No, they want it completely poured out. That’s one of the things that I love about this verse, the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out on all who heard the word. To me that sounds like everything that is the Holy Spirit came upon them.
The Holy Spirit Fell
This is another great way to describe the receiving of the Holy Spirit. Receiving the Holy Spirit isn’t something that happens partially. You don’t sort of get the Holy Spirit. Either you do or you don’t. They Holy Spirit fell on all who heard. When you fall, you either completely fall or you don’t. Sometimes you might say, “I almost fell”, but that’s not the same thing as falling. The Holy Spirit falling on the people was complete, they weren’t left wanting more of the Holy Spirit.
And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles
Typical humans, we want to think we’re special, and under the old covenant, the Jews were the chosen people, so I guess for them it was appropriate to be amazed that both Jew and Gentile were having the Holy Spirit poured out on them. It was confusing for them, because they hadn’t fully grasped the “New Covenant” that Jesus established at the Passover. Matthew 26:27-28 reads, “ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” There is that phrase again, poured out. I love how the Lord goes all in here. It’s poured out, He’s holding nothing back. That’s how much He loves us, that He poured out (or shed) His blood for us.
Do we love like that?
God hasn’t been holding back in His sacrifices for us, in giving us the Holy Spirit, then why do we hold back? What should be pouring out of us? What is pouring out of us? I want Jesus and Love to be pouring out of me. I don’t want to hold back. I want to be bold for Christ. I want to be poured out.
Are you going to pour that out?