Happy Spiritual Birthday! - Celebrating Pentecost

This past Sunday was Pentecost. Often called “the birthday of the Christian church.”

This reminded us how birthdays essentially celebrate the gift of life. Technically, according to Scripture, humans can have two birthdays… a physical and a spiritual; because the Bible teaches that humanity was meant to have both physical life (soul) and spiritual life (spirit).

Jesus Christ spoke of humanity’s need to be spiritually born as an ancient truth and a fact of life - not a fad, slogan or new kind of denomination:

“3Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” [John 3:3-7]

Jesus Christ said that as natural birth is required to enter the natural world, spiritual birth is required to enter God’s kingdom.

Scripture teaches that on the Day of Pentecost, God's spirit life was ‘poured out’ to anyone who recognized Christ who was sent to re-establish the spiritual life and connection to God, which Adam had lost:

"Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life." [1 Corinthians 15:22] {See also Acts Chp. 2}

Though many people don’t believe in celebrating birthdays, the Day of Pentecost was marked as a special 'spiritual birthday' to those who back then, received God’s spirit born permanently within - and to anyone today who receives the same - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!