Acts 2:1-4 (NIV)
1 When the day of Pentecost came they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
It’s a term I deployed in yesterday’s entry.
On the the Day of Pentecost, the heretofore impenetrable seam between the Heavens and the Earth collapsed and the realms became a seamless reality. This was not a dissolving of the Heavens into the Earth but rather an interpolation of the realms into a seamless reality.
I didn’t know what it meant when I thought it yesterday, but I knew it was right. I keep thinking about the word. The dictionary defines interpolation as “the insertion of something of a different nature into something else.”
Let’s look at two instances from the first two chapters of the Bible.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)
As at Creation, on the Day of Pentecost we see the interpolation of the Spirit of God, the Wind of Heaven on the waves of chaos.
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
As at Creation, on the Day of Pentecost we see the interpolation of the Spirit of God, the Breath of God on the dust bound frame of a person.
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, interpolates himself in two places: atmosphere and inmost sphere.
Interpolation—”the insertion of something of a different nature into something else.”
Wind and water. Breath and dust.
New creation into fallen creation.
Still Day One.
God our Father, who with your son Jesus Messiah, fills us with the Holy Spirit, thank you for the miracle and the mystery of the Day of Pentecost. Thank you for making it the Day of the inauguration of the New Creation. We await the final consummation while we rejoice in already unfolding work. Cause us to reflect deeply on the way your Spirit interpolates Himself into both atmosphere and inmost sphere. Awaken us Holy Spirit and cause our understanding to catalyze our understanding to challenge our experience that our experience might grow our understanding. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
So what is the “practical application” today? It is to reflect deeply on these verities, to dwell deeply in these deep theological wells and to ponder the implications and impacts.
P.S. An Exhortation and a Point of Personal Privilege
The Exhortation: June 15 (Wednesday) rates increase for New Room Conference. New Room is a dynamic experience of interpolation—of the Atmosphere and Inmost Sphere of the Holy Spirit. It is the furthest thing from a highly produced conference. It is a simple meeting with God, but oh so real. It is not theory but reality. All I write about here happens at New Room Conference. It’s why it matters so much to me that you come. Take a risk, seize the opportunity, pray about who to invite and let’s do this. Use the code DTNRC to get the special deal before midnight Wednesday. Register here.
The Point of Personal Privilege: Tomorrow, Tuesday, my Dad will have a significant surgery to deal with an aggressive cancer in his throat. It looks to be contained there, but it is serious and the recovery will be challenging. David Walt (81) is an extraordinary sower, full of faith and yet anxious about this one. Join our family and friends today and following calling out to him in the power of the Spirit, in the name of Jesus, to be completely healed and restored to fullness of life and love. Thank you!
For the Awakening,