At Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost we celebrate the birth of the Church; the new human fellowship where “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 5:28).
The old ethnological, social, and sexual boundaries with its power structures are broken down. The equality of all human beings is the basis for the new fellowship, the new communion. Based on the Grace given by God in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
The biblical message is clear. The record of the history of the implementation of this message is unfortunately disappointing. However, during the last century and into our present time, there are signs of this, for instance communal effect in the ecumenical movement. As an example, we can refer to the 25 years old Porvoo Agreement between Lutheran and Anglican churches, which we celebrate this year, as such a sign.
We must accept that the Pentecostal vision will not be extensively realised in our time, but as an eschatological vision it is important. The day of Pentecost points forward to the day of the Return of Jesus. Is that not what the letter to the Ephesians is expressing in the beautiful words about:
“the riches of God’s grace, which he lavished upon us,
in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will,
which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time,
to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth”.
In the name of
the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit.
Blessed Pentecost 2021
+ Tor B Jørgensen
Illustration: Will Humes