Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on May 20, 2018

Upper Room - Pentecost Sunday

Opening Scripture: Acts 2:1-3

Acts 2:1-3

1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them.

What is Pentecost?

3 Major Feasts - Passover, Pentecost & Tabernacles
Passover - Fulfilled in Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. (1st Month)
Pentecost - Fulfilled in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. (3rd Month)
Tabernacles - Has not been fulfilled yet. It is the catching away of the Church. (7 Month)

Leviticus 23:15-16 Explains 50 days: 15 “You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. 16 You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath. Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.

Here is the actual definition of Pentecost - 50 (Penta - 5, Coste - to the 10th)

I Corinthians 11:17-33 - Lord’s Supper
I Corinthians 12:1-11 - Spiritual Gifts
I Corinthian 12:12-31 - One Body, Many Parts
I Corinthians 13 The Passion Translation
(The Passion Translation)

I Corinthians 13

1 If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels,[a] yet I didn’t express myself with love,[b] my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I were to have the gift of prophecy[c] with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains,[d] but have never learned to love, then I am nothing.

3 And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr,[e] without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value.
4 Love is large and incredibly patient.[f] Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous[g] when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. 5 Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated[h] or quick to take offense.[i] 6 Love joyfully celebrates honesty[j] and finds no delight in what is wrong.[k] 7 Love is a safe place of shelter,[l] for it never stops believing the best for others.[m] Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.

8 Love never stops loving.[n] It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away.[o] It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten.[p] 9 Our present knowledge and our prophecies are but partial,[q] 10 but when love’s perfection arrives, the partial will fade away.[r] 11 When I was a child, I spoke about childish matters, for I saw things like a child and reasoned like a child. But the day came when I matured, and I set aside my childish ways.

12 For now we see but a faint reflection of riddles and mysteries[s] as though reflected in a mirror, but one day we will see face-to-face.[t] My understanding is incomplete now, but one day I will understand everything, just as everything about me has been fully understood. 13 Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all.[u] So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.[v]


  • 1 Corinthians 13:1 The implication is that the angels speak a distinct language among themselves

    that is not known on earth.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1 The Aramaic word for love is hooba, and it is a homonym that also means “to

    set on fire.” It is difficult to fully express the meaning of this word and translate it into English. You could say the Aramaic concept is “burning love” or “fiery love,” coming from the inner depths of the heart as an eternal energy, an active power of bonding hearts and lives in secure relationships. The Greek word is agapē, which describes the highest form of love. It is the love God has for his people. It is an intense affection that must be demonstrated. It is a loyal, endless, and unconditional commitment of love. Feelings are attached to this love. It is not abstract, but devoted to demonstrating the inward feelings of love toward another with acts of kindness and benevolence.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:2 Or “prophetic powers.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:2 The Greek present infinitive indicates a continuous aspect, which means a faith

    to keep on removing mountains or to remove one mountain after another.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:3 The Aramaic word used here is a homonym that can mean either “to burn” or

    “to boast.” Because of this, some Greek manuscripts have “I offer my body in order to boast


  • 1 Corinthians 13:4 Or “Love patiently endures mistreatment” could mean that love is incredibly

    patient even in difficult relationships. The Aramaic can be translated “Love transforms the spirit.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4 Or “boil with jealousy.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:5 Or “overly sensitive” (having sharp edges).

  • 1 Corinthians 13:5 Or “resentful” or “does not keep score.” The Aramaic can be translated “Love

    does not stare at evil.” Love will overlook offenses and remain focused on what is good, refusing

    to hold resentment in our hearts.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:6 Or “reality” (or “truth”).

  • 1 Corinthians 13:6 Or “injustice” or “unrighteousness.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:7 Or “Love bears all things.” Although commonly understood to mean that love

    can bear hardships of any kind, the nominalized form of the verb (stego) is actually the word for “roof” found in Mark 2:4. Paul is saying that love covers all things, like a roof covers the house. See 1 Peter 4:8. Love does not focus on what is wrong but will bear with the shortcomings of others. And like a roof protects and shields, you could say that love springs no leak. It is a safe place that offers shelter, not exposure.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:7 Or “it never loses faith.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:8 Or “Love never, not even once, fails [lapses]” or “Love never falls down” (it

    keeps going higher).

  • 1 Corinthians 13:8 The Aramaic can be translated “prophecy comes to pass.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:8 That is, the gift of the word of knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8). Knowledge itself will

    not pass away or be set aside, for we will learn of God’s mercies throughout eternity. This is the

    gifts of knowledge Paul refers to.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:9 Or “in fragments.”

  • 1 Corinthians 13:10 Perfect love diminishes the importance of prophecy and tongues. Paul could

    be saying that they will cease being important when compared with perfect love. That which is perfect is love and is greater than the gifts. Perfect love puts everything else in second place, for God is love. See 1 John 4:8, 18. Paul is contrasting spiritual gifts with love, saying, “Gifts will fail, but love will never fail.” Like leaves falling to the ground, something greater will one day take their place: the love of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:12 The Greek word ainigma used here is equal to our English word enigma.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:12 Paul is referring to God speaking to Moses “face-to-face” (Hebrew “mouth-

    to-mouth”), and not using dreams and figures of speech (Num. 12:8). Transforming love will bring

    us all face-to-face, mouth-to-mouth with God.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:13 Faith and hope both spring from love, which makes love the greatest virtue of

    all. Faith and hope are temporary, but love is eternal. Paul gives us ten characteristics of divine love in this chapter. Love (1) is patient under stress, (2) is kind at all times, (3) is generous, not envious, (4) is humble, not self-promoting, (5) is never rude, (6) does not manipulate by using shame, (7) is not irritable or easily offended, (8) celebrates honesty, (9) does not focus on what is flawed, and (10) is loyal to the end.

1 Corinthians 13:13 Unfortunately, there is a chapter break before this line. Chapter headings are not part of the inspired text. The translator has chosen to insert the partial text of 14:1 here in conclusion to Paul’s masterful treatise on love.

The Passion Translation (TPT)

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I Corinthians 14:1-5

1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 2 For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. 3 On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation. 4 The one who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but the one who prophesies builds up the church. 5 Now I want you all to speak in tongues, but even more to prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be built up.

Purpose of Prophecy:
1. Building up - Edification

2. Encouraging - Exhortation

3. Consolation - Comfort

Ezekiel 37:1-14

1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.”

1. To the Bones

2. To the Breath

3. To the Graves