“Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.”
When the Holy Spirit filled them, they were suddenly changed, filled with wisdom, boldness and knowledge.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things…”
The Spirit of God changed them abruptly and then revealed them to the world they lived in. Nothing would ever be the same again.
The wait was over; the “Power” Jesus had promised was now upon them.
Suddenly they began to speak in other languages. What would normally have taken years to learn, was learned in an instant.
It was no longer a matter of establishing oneself through learning and the approval of man, but by being submitted to the powerful leading of the Spirit of God.
They experienced the power to speak, to make themselves understood by all who heard them.
There was power in their words and the signs that followed.
“These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also.”
Jerusalem was about to be turned “upside-down.” Once empowered, the wait was over; they were now released into their purpose. “Go! Make disciples, teaching them…” This now became more than a mandate; the “Go!” became a victory shout.
“And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen”
Before they were empowered, they were a nondescript group of people occupying the upper floor of a building in Jerusalem.
When the Holy Spirit came, it all changed.
Signs and wonders follow when we move in obedience and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit of God.